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Community Notebook: College district seeks volunteers for committees

Members sought to monitor budget, Measure C projects

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking two community volunteers to serve on committees advising its board of trustees.

The Audit and Finance Committee, is seeking a volunteer committee member who has a background in budgeting, finance and/or auditing along with a specific interest in the organizational aspects of financial matters. He or she would commit to serving for four years, starting in January, and attending the group's quarterly meetings.

The committee, made up of four public representatives and two board members, was established in the early 1990s with the goal of ensuring financial transparency, according to the district. It's tasked to "review and monitor budget and financial material and reports related to financial matters, including bonds, certificates of participation and other funding instruments, to come before the Board of Trustees," according to board policy.

Additionally, the district is seeking a taxpayer association representative for its Measure C Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) that consists of two at-large members, a student representative, a district auxiliary organization representative and members of organizations that represent senior citizen, business and taxpayer interests. The two-year term starts in January 2018, which includes meetings four times per year.

"The Measure C CBOC reviews projects funded by Measure C, the $490.8 million bond measure that district voters approved in 2006," according to a district bulletin. The committee also provides annual reports on spending and project progress to the board of trustees and the public.

Both positions are vital in both giving the community a voice with regard to college spending and to the strength of the college, district Chancellor Judy Miner said in a press release.

"The district has benefitted enormously from the observations and advice provided by local residents who have served on these committees," Miner said. "Their good judgment and experience in business and finance have helped Foothill-De Anza maintain the highest standards of fiscal accountability and transparency. The community has been well represented through their participation."

Qualified and interested community members residing in the district (the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and small portions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga) and not employed by the district should send a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications by email at chancellor@fhda.edu or mail to Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.

Applications are due Nov. 22 by 5 p.m. More information about the boards and application process is available at fhda.edu.

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