With 100% of precincts counted, Measure O fails.                                        Board of Directors just wasted half a million dollars of taxpayer money on this election.                                        Criminal complaints against the district will continue to be pursued.                                        Criminal and FPPC complaints against the Astro-Turfers will continue to be pursued.                                        Your property taxes based on indebtedness will now go down, as they should.                                        

Local Oversight Committee Transparency

This is a transparency report I created based on the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation criteria. I conducted the research for this analyis on September 11, 2015. It's always possible that when the Board or the superintendent gets wind of this report, they will try to 'fix' things to the extent that they can. While I encourage that, I've made screen shots to support the state of things on the day that I performed the analysis.

Walnut Valley USD

On the WVUSD web site, amidst all the smiling faces of your children, sits a top menu, each with drop-downs. If you were looking for information about the Citizens' Oversight Committee, you'd be disappointed with the choices.

If you were to go down two levels, from 'About' to 'Measures S & Y', you'd find a brief paragraph about two of the four bond measures. (The two earlier bonds were passed without a requirement for an oversight committee, so of course, there is none.) Below this are three lower options. One option (Thank You Community!) is a self-promotional message from the Superintendent (which one, we don't know) with a promise to "Watch for updates in the Outlook community publication" (wherever that is).

The second option (Bond Oversight Committee) is another promotional paragraph with a few seven-year-old facts mixed in.

If you think the third option (Bond Updates) will be the gold mine of information, you'd be disappoitned again. It's a directory list of files with somewhat readable or descriptive names. It's an unorganized (except alphabetically by file name) jumble of documents. It looks like the closet that you throw things into when guests come over. It's not meant to be seen.

That's it. About as bare-bones as you can get. Of the 25 criteria in the School Bond Transparency Guide, it meets one criteria -- two, maybe, if I were feeling generous (I'm not).

As you can see by comparison, this is a lower transparency level (4%) than every one of the 21 districts rated by the San Diego taxpayer watchdog group. No one's been shining a light on the district, so of course, you have no transparency.

This Board doesn't give a fig about transparency and it shows. It just wants your money. Let's tell the Board to take that proverbial hike.

  • Committee Bylaws: A link to the committee bylaws is available on the ICOC website.
  • Oversight Committee List and Contact Info: The school district phone number and an email address as well as a detailed list of all ICOC members and their contact information is available on the ICOC website.
  • Meeting Minutes/Agendas: Links to the most up to date meeting minutes and agendas are available on the ICOC websites.
  • Additional Meeting Material: Links to attachments, appendixes, presentations, and other additional materials for every ICOC meetings available on the ICOC website.
  • Archive of Annual Reports: All Annual Reports are available on the ICOC website.
  • Archive of Performance Audits: ICOC website provides links to past Performance Audits.
  • Archive of Financial Audits: ICOC website provides links to past Financial Audits.
  • Project List: All projects currently being funded by the bond are listed on the ICOC website.
  • Project Progress: The current status and plan of action for each project can be found on the ICOC website.
  • Project Descriptions: A brief written description of what each project is can be found on the ICOC website.
  • Full Oversight Committee: Oversight Committee is fully staffed.
  • Number of Vacancies: Any committee vacancies or expected vacancies are listed on the ICOC website.
  • 2014 Annual Report Available: A current Annual Report document is available on the ICOC page.
  • Budget Overview: A breakdown of how the budget was allocated for the past year is found in the annual report.
  • Program Status Updates: An explanation of the current status of the bond program is found in the annual report
  • Detailed Discussion of Projects: A detailed discussion about what was accomplished in the past year, and future plans for bond projects are found in the annual report.
  • Project Progress Report: The current status of all projects, further work needs to be completed, and a general timeline for expected completion.
  • FY2014 Audits Available and On Time: The FY2014 Financial and Performance Audits are available on the ICOC website. This requirement must be met in order to meet the criteria listed below.
  • Bond Background: A brief description of the bond, what it is intended for, when it was passed, and how much it was for.
  • Additional Recommendations: There is a separate heading within the Audit called "Additional Recommendations," or a clear list of recommendations by the Auditor is easily found within the Audit.
  • Audits Performed by Third Party: Audits are performed by an independent auditor in accordance with the law.
  • Basic Financial Information: Basic financial information is can be found in the audit in accordance with general auditing standards.
  • Expenditures Itemized by Project/ Site: All expenditures are itemized by project within the Financial Audit
  • Prop 39 Required Audit Findings: Audits fulfill the requirements set forth by Prop 39.
  • Performance Audits meet SDCTA Standards: Meet SDCTA's Oversight Committee Best Practices
  • Bond Transparency Report Card
    CategoryCriteriaWVUSDMtSAC CCD
    Website Information Provison
    Committee Bylaws+
    Oversight Committee List and Contact Info-
    Meeting Minutes/Agendas-
    Additional Meeting Material-
    Archive of Annual Reports-
    Archive of Performance Audits-
    Archive of Financial Audits-
    Detailed Project List-
    Project Descriptions-
    Project Progress-
    Bond Background Information-
    Full Oversight Committee-
    Number of Vacancies-
    2014 Annual Report Information Provision
    2014 Annual Report Available-
    Budget Overview-
    Program Status Updates-
    Detailed Discussion of Projects-
    Project Progress Report-
    2014 Audit Information Provision
    2014 Financial Audits-
    2014 Performance Audit-
    Basic Financial Information-
    Expenditures Itemized by Project/ Site-
    Prop 39 Required Audit Findings-
    Additional Recommendations Listed-
    Audits Performed by Third Party-
    Performance Audits meet Standards-
    Points out of 251
    Transparency Grade4%


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