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13-members committee includes construction and finance professionals, parents and grandparents, a labor advocate, an ethicist, school advocates and professed skeptics

When Oregon City voters approved a $158 million bond measure for schools, the district promised to appoint an oversight committee of citizens to track bond projects and spending over the next five years.

In January, the district fulfilled that promise by launching the group, which includes 13 volunteer community members.

PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL CLARK - Oregon City School District Bond Oversight Committee members held their first meeting in January to begin tracking bond projects and spending. Pictured are, from left, Dick Dato, Don Wheeler, Echo Seaman, Earl Curtis, Kim Egan, Robert Camarillo, Eileen Creelman, Caitlin Woelfel, Liz Keeler, Katrina Gustafson, Frank King Sr. and Ben Schneider.The committee includes construction and finance professionals, parents and grandparents, a labor advocate, an ethicist, school advocates and professed skeptics. They will meet with district leaders at least four times each year and advise the superintendent as needed.

"We are excited to have such a broad range of perspectives on the committee," said Superintendent Larry Didway. "We appreciate these folks stepping up to hold us accountable for wise use of public resources and completing the projects voters approved."

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