DAVENPORT -- Pacific Elementary School is seeking members to serve on a bond oversight committee to ensure funds raised through a recently passed measure are received, accounted for and spent properly.

Measure M, passed in November with 78 percent voter approval, allows the one-school, North Coast district to borrow up to $830,000 for improvements and repairs. Plans include replacing a dilapidated roof and portable classroom, converting a teen center into a multiuse building, and upgrading the school's computer system.

Those projects will be paid for through increased property taxes for the next 30 years, up about $30 per $100,000 of assessed value each year.

The bond will be sold in the spring, and the projects completed during the next several years. For example, the roof repairs are slated to be completed during the summer, and the preschool portable replaced in summer 2014, said Eric Bitter, the school's principal. Converting the teen center is slated for 2015, but "that one's a little more involved and we'll have to go slower because we have to make sure we're in compliance with the Coastal Commission," he said.

The committee will be made up of at least seven members representing a cross-section of the community, including:

  • An active member of a business organization representing the business community within the district.

  • An active member of a senior citizens' organization.


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  • An active member of a bona fide taxpayers' organization.

  • An active parent member in a district parent-teacher organization.

  • A

    parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district.

    Committee members are asked to commit for at least two years, according to the district's website, and likely will meet quarterly for the first year, Bitter said.

    "Strong, ongoing and committed participation by committee members is critical to ensuring the long-term success of the bond program," says a notice posted on the district's home page.

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    AT A GLANCE

    Oversight committee


    WHAT: Pacific Elementary is seeking bond oversight committee members to track funds raised through Measure M, which allows the school to borrow up to $830,000 to make improvements and repairs.
    HOW LONG: Measure M is a 30-year bond measure; committee members are asked to commit for at least two years.
    APPLICATIONS: Due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 11. They can be downloaded at www.pacific.santacruz.k12.ca.us or picked up at 50 Ocean St., Davenport.
    DETAILS: 831-425-7002 or ebitter@santacruz.k12.ca.us