Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bond oversight committee releases annual report

A  rendering of a teaching and performance theater.

A citizens committee charged with the oversight of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Proposition V construction program has released its 2015 Annual Report to the community.
Passage in 2012 of the district’s $398 million bond measure paved the way for the district to continue the work started with Proposition R – the $207 million facilities bond passed in 2002 that resulted in the construction or renovation of 13 major facilities at the colleges.

“The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee plays an important role in informing the public about the district’s expenditures of bond money,” bond oversight committee chair Gwen Miller said in her annual report letter. “The committee prides itself on its transparency. Our website has information regarding the committee’s composition and activities, projects, bids and resources related to bond-funded construction projects.”

 The 2016 Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.

Highlights of the annual report, available at, include the start of the design phase of three major projects at each college. Grossmont College’s projects include the Science, Math and Career Tech Complex; the Teaching and Performance Theater portion of the Arts and Communication Complex; and the expansion and upgrade of the central chiller plant to accommodate increased demand from new buildings.
The Science, Math and Career Tech Complex is a two-building project to be constructed in two phases. The 35,000-square-foot, 350-seat teaching and performance theater is the first phase of a planned Arts and Communication Center and will also house the Hyde Art Gallery
            At Cuyamaca College, major projects include the Ornamental Horticulture Complex; Student Services  Building, and the refurbishing of the college’s popular track, a well-used site open to the community. The OH project includes construction of a new facility south of the existing location, and will provide classrooms, new greenhouses, outdoor instructional spaces and storage buildings. The Student Services Building will house offices for admission and records, financial aid, counseling, and other departments, in addition to a veterans center.
            Also highlighted in the report is the college district’s second year of energy-conservation projects funded by Prop. V, California’s Prop. 39 clean jobs initiative, and utility company rebates. In 2015, the projects at both colleges included replacing roadway and walkway lighting with energy-saving fixtures, and replacing fluorescent lamps in classrooms with energy-efficient, low-wattage lighting.
The annual report also details the district’s outreach efforts to small and local contractors to participate in the bidding process for capital improvement projects. Also noted were independent financial and performance audits of the Prop. V program, which were completed with no findings reported, and confirmation that bond funds were spent only on voter-approved projects.
The Prop. V bond measure and state law require that the citizens bond oversight committee considers annual performance and financial audits and presents an annual report to the public.
The CBOC holds quarterly meetings to monitor the progress of the Prop. V program. Made up of 11 members representing various East County community and college constituencies, the committee’s next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Room I-209 in the Cuyamaca College Student Center.  The meetings are open to the public.

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