Uppity Oversight Committee Slapped Down By School District
The Emery Unified School District is preparing to limit and redefine the role of the Measure J Citizens' Oversight Committee by proposing the School Board change the Oversight Committee bylaws. After several highly visible recent Committee member resignations, the School Board will vote to amend the Bylaws at the regularly scheduled March 12th meeting, Monday night.
The proposed revisions seem aimed at reigning in a noncompliant Oversight Committee.
Two proposed limiting revisions stand out: They purport to now forbid the Oversight Committee from forming standing subcommittees and they purport to dictate the scope of the Committee's annual report to the public, first by seeming sleight-of-hand by saying it is strictly a report to the Board (in public session), and secondly outright by saying the report shall consist "solely of" a summery of the Committee's proceedings and activities and a statement indicating whether the School District is in compliance.
The two new changes would seem to violate the Constitution and the State mandated charge that the Committee be an "independent citizens' oversight committee", with the idea that the word independent taken to mean having the discretion to decide what is to go in the annual report to the public.