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HANFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE BYLAWS

Section 1. Committee Established. The Hanford Elementary School District (the “District”) has placed a bond measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot seeking to obtain an authorization from the District’s voters to issue up to $24,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the District’s school facilities bond (“Measure U”). The Measure U election is being conducted under Proposition 39, being chaptered as the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000, at Section 15264 et seq. of the Education Code of the State (“Prop 39”). Pursuant to Section 15278 of the Education Code, the District is obligated to establish an Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee in order to satisfy the accountability requirements of Prop 39. The Board of Trustees of the District (the “Board”) hereby establishes the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (the “Committee”) for Measure U which shall have the duties and rights set forth in these Bylaws. The Committee does not have legal capacity independent from the District.

Section 2. Purposes. The purposes of the Committee are set forth in Prop 39, and these Bylaws are specifically made subject to the applicable provisions of Prop 39 as to the duties and rights of the Committee. The Committee shall be deemed to be subject to the Ralph M. Brown Public Meetings Act of the State of California and shall conduct its meetings in accordance with the provisions thereof. The District shall provide necessary administrative support to the Committee as shall be consistent with the Committee’s purposes, as set forth in Prop 39.
The proceeds of general obligation bonds issued pursuant to Measure U are hereinafter referred to as “bond proceeds.” The Committee shall confine itself specifically to bond proceeds generated under the Measure. Regular and deferred maintenance projects and all monies generated under other sources shall fall outside the scope of the Committee’s review.
Section 3. Duties. To carry out its stated purposes, the Committee shall perform only the duties set forth in Sections 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 hereof, and shall refrain from those activities set forth in Sections 3.4 and 3.5.
3.1 Inform the Public. The Committee shall inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of bond proceeds. In fulfilling this duty, all official communications to either the Board or the public shall come from the Chair acting on behalf of the Committee. The Chair shall only release information that reflects the majority view of the Committee.
3.2 Review Expenditures. The Committee shall review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that (a) bond proceeds were expended only for the purposes set forth in Measure U; and (b) no bond proceeds were used for teacher or administrative salaries or other operating expenses in compliance with Attorney General Opinion 04-110, issued on November 9, 2004.
3.3 Annual Report. The Committee shall present to the Board, in public session, an annual written report for Measure U which shall include the following:
(a)A statement indicating whether the District is in compliance with therequirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution; and
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(b)A summary of the Committee’s proceedings and activities for the precedingyear.
3.4 Duties of the Board/Superintendent. Either the Board or the Superintendent, as the Board shall determine, shall have the following powers reserved to it, and the Committee shall have no jurisdiction over the following types of activities:
(i)Approval of contracts,
(ii)Approval of change orders,
(iii)Expenditures of bond funds,
(iv)Handling of all legal matters,
(v)Approval of project plans and schedules,
(vi)Approval of all deferred maintenance plans, and
(vii)Approval of the sale of bonds.
3.5 Measure U Projects Only. In recognition of the fact that the Committee is charged with overseeing the expenditure of bond proceeds, the Board has not charged the Committee with responsibility for:
(a)Projects financed through the State of California, developer fees,redevelopment tax increment, certificates of participation, lease/revenue bonds, the general fund or the sale of surplus property without bond proceeds shall be outside the authority of the Committee.
(b)The establishment of priorities and order of construction for the bond projects,which shall be made by the Board in its sole discretion.
(c)The selection of architects, engineers, soils engineers, construction managers,project managers, CEQA consultants and such other professional service firms as are required to complete the project based on District criteria established by the Board in its sole discretion.
(d)The approval of the design for each project including exterior materials, paintcolor, interior finishes, site plan and construction methods (modular vs. permanent) which shall be determined by the Board in its sole discretion.
(e)The selection of independent audit firm(s), performance audit consultants andsuch other consultants as are necessary to support the activities of the Committee.
(f)The approval of an annual budget for the Committee that is sufficient to carryout the activities set forth in Prop 39 and included herein.
(g)The appointment or reappointment of qualified applicants to serve on theCommittee, subject to legal limitations, and based on criteria adopted in the Board’s sole discretion as part of carrying out its function under Prop 39.
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Section 4. Authorized Activities.
4.1 In order to perform the duties set forth in Section 3.0, the Committee may engage in the following authorized activities:
(a)Receive copies of the District’s annual, independent performance audit andannual, independent financial audit required by Prop 39 (Article XIIIA of the California Constitution) (together, the “Audits”) at the same time said Audits are submitted to the District, no later than March 31 of each year, and review the Audits.
(b)Inspect District facilities and grounds for which bond proceeds have been orwill be expended, in accordance with any access procedure established by the District’s Superintendent.
(c)Review copies of deferred maintenance plans developed by the District.
(d)Review efforts by the District to maximize bond proceeds by implementingvarious cost-saving measures.
(e)Receive from the Board, within three months of the District receiving theAudits, responses to any and all findings, recommendations, and concerns addressed in the Audits, and review said responses.
Section 5. Membership.
5.1 Number.
The Committee shall consist of at least seven (7) members appointed by the Board from a list of candidates submitting written applications, and based on criteria established by Prop 39, to wit:
•One (1) member shall be the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District.
•One (1) member shall be both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the Districtand active in a parent-teacher organization, such as the P.T.A. or a school site council.
•One (1) member active in a business organization representing the business communitylocated in the District.
•One (1) member active in a senior citizens’ organization.
•One (1) member active in a bona-fide taxpayers association.
•Two (2) members of the community at-large.
5.2 Qualification Standards.
(a)To be a qualified person, he or she must be at least 18 years of age.
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(b)The Committee may not include any employee, official of the District or anyvendor, contractor or consultant of the District.
5.3 Ethics: Conflicts of Interest.
(a)Members of the Committee are not subject to the Political Reform Act (Gov.Code §§ 81000 et seq.), and are not required to complete Form 700; but each member shall comply with the Committee Ethics Policy attached as “Attachment A” to these Bylaws.
(b)Pursuant to Section 35233 of the Education Code, the prohibitions containedin Article 4 (commencing with Section 1090) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code (“Article 4”) and Article 4.7 (commencing with Section 1125) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code (“Article 4.7”) are applicable to members of the Committee. Accordingly:
(i)Members of the Committee shall not be financially interested in anycontract made by them in their official capacities or by the Committee, nor shall they be purchasers at any sale or vendors at any purchase made by them in their official capacity, all as prohibited by Article 4; and
(ii)Members of the Committee shall not engage in any employment,activity, or enterprise for compensation which is inconsistent, incompatible, in conflict with, or inimical to duties as a member of the Committee or with the duties, functions, or responsibilities of the Committee or the District. A member of the Committee shall not perform any work, service, or counsel for compensation where any part of his or her efforts will be subject to approval by any other officer, employee, board, or commission of the District’s Board of Trustees, except as permitted under Article 4.7.
5.4 Term. Except as otherwise provided herein, each member shall serve a term of two (2) years, commencing as of the date of appointment by the Board. No member may serve more than three (3)consecutive terms. At the Committee’s first meeting, members will draw lots or otherwise select aminimum of two members to serve for an initial one (1) year term and the remaining members for aninitial two (2) year term. Members whose terms have expired may continue to serve on the Committeeuntil a successor has been appointed. Terms commence on the date the member is appointed to theCommittee by the Board of Trustees.
5.5 Appointment. Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board through the following process: (a) the District will advertise in the local newspapers, on its website, and in other customary forums, as well as solicit appropriate local groups for applications; (b) the Superintendent will review the applications; and (c) the Superintendent will make recommendations to the Board.
5.6 Removal; Vacancy. The Board may remove any Committee member for any reason, including failure to attend two consecutive Committee meetings without reasonable excuse or for failure to comply with the Committee Ethics Policy. Upon a member’s removal, his or her seat shall be declared vacant. The Board, in accordance with the established appointment process shall fill any vacancies on the Committee. The Board shall seek to fill vacancies within 90 days of the date of occurrence of a vacancy.
5.7 Compensation. The Committee members shall not be compensated for their services.
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5.8 Authority of Members. (a) Committee members shall not have the authority to direct staff of the District; (b) individual members of the Committee retain the right to address the Board, either on behalf of the Committee or as an individual; (c) the Committee shall not establish sub-committees for any purpose; and (d) the Committee shall have the right to request and receive copies of any public records relating to projects funded by the Measures.
Section 6. Meetings of the Committee.
6.1 Regular Meetings. The Committee shall meet at least once a year, but shall not meet more frequently than quarterly.
6.2 Location. All meetings shall be held within the boundaries of the District, located in Kings County, California.
6.3 Procedures. All meetings shall be open to the public in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, Government Code Section 54950 et seq. Meetings shall be conducted according to such additional procedural rules as the Committee may adopt. A majority of the number of Committee members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business of the Committee.
Section 7. District Support.
7.1 The District shall provide to the Committee necessary technical and administrative assistance as follows:
(a)preparation of and posting of public notices as required by the Brown Act,ensuring that all notices to the public are provided in the same manner as notices regarding meetings of the District Board;
(b)provision of a meeting room, including any necessary audio/visual equipment;
(c)preparation, translation and copies of any documentary meeting materials, suchas agendas and reports; and
(d)retention of all Committee records, and providing public access to such recordson an Internet website maintained by the District.
7.2 District staff and/or District consultants shall attend Committee proceedings in order to report on the status of projects and the expenditure of bond proceeds.
Section 8. Reports. In addition to the Annual Report required in Section 3.3, the Committee may report to the Board from time to time in order to advise the Board on the activities of the Committee. Such report shall be in writing and shall summarize the proceedings and activities conducted by the Committee.
Section 9. Officers. The Superintendent shall appoint the initial Chair. Thereafter, the Committee shall elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair who shall act as Chair only when the Chair is absent. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall serve in such capacities for a term of one year and may be re-elected by vote of a majority of the members of the Committee.
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Section 10. Amendment of Bylaws. Any amendment to these Bylaws shall be approved by a majority vote of the Board.
Section 11. Termination. The Committee shall automatically terminate and disband concurrently with the Committee’s submission of the final Annual Report which reflects the final accounting of the expenditure of all Measure U monies.

 

 

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CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ETHICS POLICY STATEMENT
This Ethics Policy Statement provides general guidelines for Committee members in carrying out their responsibilities. Not all ethical issues that Committee members face are covered in this Statement. However, this Statement captures some of the critical areas that help define ethical and professional conduct for Committee members. The provisions of this Statement were developed from existing laws, rules, policies and procedures as well as from concepts that define generally accepted good business practices. Committee members are expected to strictly adhere to the provisions of this Ethics Policy.

POLICY
•CONFLICT OF INTEREST. A Committee member shall not make or influence aDistrict decision related to: (1) any contract funded by bond proceeds, or (2) any construction project which will benefit the Committee member’s outside employment, business, or a personal finance or benefit an immediate family member, such as a spouse, child or parent.
•OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT. A Committee member shall not use his or her authorityover a particular matter to negotiate future employment with any person or organization that relates to: (1)any contract funded by bond proceeds, or (2) any construction project. A Committee member shallnot make or influence a District decision related to any construction project involving the interest of aperson with whom the member has an agreement concerning current or future employment, orremuneration of any kind. For a period of two (2) years after leaving the Committee, a formerCommittee member may not represent any person or organization for compensation in connection withany matter pending before the District that, as a Committee member, he or she participated inpersonally and substantially. Specifically, for a period of two (2) years after leaving the Committee, aformer Committee member and the companies and businesses for which the member works shall beprohibited from contracting with the District with respect to: (1) bidding on projects funded by thebond proceeds; and (2) any construction project.
•COMMITMENT TO UPHOLD LAW. A Committee member shall uphold the federaland California Constitutions, the laws and regulations of the United States and the State of California (particularly the Education Code) and all other applicable government entities, and the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the Hanford Elementary School District.
•COMMITMENT TO DISTRICT. A Committee member shall place the interests ofthe District above any personal or business interest of the member.

HANFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
APPLICATION FOR INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

The Board of Trustees of the Hanford Elementary School District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders which will serve as the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (“COC”) for the implementation of the District’s Measure U school facilities bond program.
Proposition 39 Bond Election
On November 8, 2016, voters residing within the Hanford Elementary School District passed Measure U. Measure U is a $24,000,000 bond measure that authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects to the District’s schools. Proposition 39 required a 55% supermajority for approval; Measure U was passed by 69%.
Establishment of a Citizens’ Oversight Committee
After a bond authorized under Proposition 39 is passed, state law requires that the Hanford Elementary School District Board of Trustees appoint an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to work with the District.
Committee Responsibilities
In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall:
•Inform the public concerning the District's expenditure of bond proceeds of Measure U.
•Review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that Measure U bond proceeds wereexpended only for the purposes set forth in Measure U; and
•Present to the Board in public session, an annual written report outlining their activities andconclusions regarding the expenditure of bond proceeds of Measure U.
The Bylaws which govern the Citizens’ Oversight Committee are attached to this Application.
Appointment of Committee Members
All appointments will be made by the Board from applications submitted to the District. The Committee shall consist of at least seven (7) members appointed by the Board from a list of candidates submitting written applications, and based on criteria established by Prop 39, to wit:
•One (1) member shall be the parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District.
•One (1) member shall be both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and activein a parent-teacher organization, such as the P.T.A. or a school site council.
•One (1) member active in a business organization representing the business communitylocated in the District.
•One (1) member active in a senior citizens’ organization.
•One (1) member active in a bona-fide taxpayers association.
•Two (2) members of the community at-large.
Time Commitment and Term
Initial appointments will be staggered, such that some of the initial appointees will be appointed to serve one full two-year term. The other initial appointments will serve a one-year term, but will be eligible for reappointment by the Board for a second and third two-year term.
Would You be Interested in Serving?
If you wish to serve on this important committee, please review the committee Bylaws for more information about the committee’s role and responsibilities and complete the attached application. Completed applications should be sent to Hanford Elementary School District by 4:30 PM on __________________ ____, 202_.

Hanford Elementary School District

714 N. White Street, Hanford, CA 93230

Tel: 559.585.3600

 

HANFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
APPLICATION FOR INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

(Please Print or Type)
Name:
Address:
Home Phone: Work Phone:
FAX #: E-Mail:
Why do you want to serve on the Measure U Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee?
Do you have any special area of expertise or experience that you think would be helpful to the committee?
If you have served on other school district, city or community committees please list and briefly describe your role:
I would be able to represent the following constituencies in the District: (check all that apply)
 Business Representative - Active in a business organization representing local business
Organization:
 Senior Citizen Group Representative - Active member in a senior citizens’ organization.
Organization:
 Taxpayer Organization Member - Active in a bona fide taxpayers’ association.
Organization:
 Parent or Guardian of Child Enrolled in District.
Child’s Name and School:
Child’s Name and School:
 Parent /Guardian of Child Enrolled in District & Active in a Parent-Teacher Organization
Child’s Name and School:
Child’s Name and School:
Organization:
 At-Large Community Member – Resident of the Hanford Elementary School District.
Name:
Name:
Please note any additional information you feel should be considered as part of your application:
YES
NO
1.Are you an employee of the District?*
2.Are you a vendor, contractor, or consultant to the school district?*
3.Do you have conflicts that would preclude your attending quarterly meetings?
4.Do you know of any reason, such as a potential conflict of interest, which would adverselyaffect your ability to serve on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee?*
5.Are you willing to comply with the ethics code included in the bylaws?
(*Employees, vendors, contractors, and consultants of the Hanford Elementary School District are prohibited by law from being members of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Employment which could result in becoming a contractor or subcontractor to the district would also be a potential conflict.)
Signature of Applicant
All answers and statements in this document are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.
Signature Date .
Completed applications must be received at Hanford Elementary School District 714 N. White Street, Hanford, CA 93230 no later than at 4:30 pm, ______________________, 202_. If you have any questions, please call Hanford Elementary School District at 559.585.3600. It is the policy of the Hanford Elementary School District not to unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, marital status, age or mental or physical disability in the educational programs or activities which it operates.

Public Notice - Budget Hearing

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

2022-2023 Budget Hearing

 

 

Public Hearings for the 2022-23 Hanford Elementary School District Local Control

Accountability Plan and District Budget will be held by the Trustees of the Hanford Elementary School District on June 8, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room at 714 N. White Street, Hanford, CA 93230.

 

Any taxpayer directly affected by the Hanford Elementary School District may appear before

the Trustees of the Hanford Elementary School District and speak on the proposed budget or

any item therein. The proposed budget may be inspected by the public from June 1, 2022, 7:30

a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through June 8, 2022, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the District Office at 714

N. White Street, Hanford, CA 93230.

 

 

Date to Publish: May 26, 2022

Paper to Publish: Hanford Sentinel

Contact: David Endo

Public Notice - Fee Study 2022

The Boards of Trustees of the Hanford Joint Union High School District, the Hanford Elementary School District and the Armona Union Elementary School District

Development Fee Study

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Guide to Mental Wellness

HESD offers a wide range of educational, health, mental, and social-emotional supports to ensure
all students can access educational resources. At each school, school professionals work together
to support students and their families.

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ELECTRIC BUSES

The California Energy Commission's School Bus Replacement Program awarded $1.95 million to Hanford Elementary School District to replace 5 diesel school buses with ELECTRIC BUSES. The program is helping schools throughout the state transition from old, polluting diesel school buses to zero- or low-emissions vehicles, improving children's health by limiting their exposure to transportation-related air pollution and building the green economy.

HESD is proud of our new ELECTRIC BUSES and is the only school district in Kings County with electric buses on the road. Hanford citizens will be able to easily identify our new electric buses due to their green bumpers and rims.

Thank you, California Energy Commission! 

@California Energy Commission
#CADrivesClean
 #Prop39

Electric Bus at Lincoln
Electric Bus at Hamilton
Electric Bus at JFK


 

FREE Covid-19 Testing

Updated Jan 22, 2021

FREE COVID-19 Testing in the cities of Hanford, Lemoore, Corcoran & Avenal!

 

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Kings Cares

Updated Jan 20, 2021

Comprehensive support to help COVID-positive essential workers isolate and quarantine safely – in their home or in a hotel.  Healthy food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, transportation and laundry service, and utilities/housing assistance are available.

 

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Annual Title 1 Meeting

Each year, our school convenes an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children are invited and encouraged to attend.  The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents and family members of their school’s participation in the Title I, Part A program and to explain the requirements and the right of the parents to be involved.

 

For the 2020-2021 school year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s executive order closing school sites, and in an effort to keep our families and community members safe, the 2020-2021 Annual Title I meeting will be presented in recorded format.  This presentation is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed at any time. Links with contact information and for parent/community input will be shown on the last slide in this presentation.

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Distance Instruction for Band!

Parents & students you can access these resources on the HESD website www.hanfordesd.org & by clicking on the students tab at the top. The attached screencast video will walk you through the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap6UysAx06E

Many thanks to:

Corinne Johnson, Jefferson student, showing distance band learning in action. Corinne is taking a band assessment on Flipgrid to submit for feedback.

Our awesome HESD Band Educators for putting together these resources for our students to keep the music alive!

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