Bond Program Update: Oversight Committee Members Selected

Corvallis School District Bond Oversight Committee members were selected from an applicant pool of 18 community members. This is an advisory committee to the superintendent, the purpose of which is to ensure bond revenues are used only for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved 2018 bond measure and consistent with state law. Committee members are Richard Arnold, Amy Crump, Brad Hamlin, Jennifer Richmond, Chris Rochester, Emily Valdez, and Gordon Zimmerman. The school board liaison to the committee is Jay Conroy.

Richard Arnold is a former Corvallis School District Budget Committee member and has nearly 20 years of public sector accounting experience. He currently works with the Divisions of Public Health, Health Policy & Analytics, PEBB and OEBB.

Amy Crump is a parent of four students in the Corvallis School District and PTA President at Franklin K-8. She attended several long-range facilities planning meetings as an interested community member.

Brad Hamlin has 25 years of professional experience in banking and finance and is a Mt. View PTA member and parent of students at Mt. View Elementary and Crescent Valley High schools.

Jennifer Richmond is a trained interior designer with experience in construction and project management and she was a member of the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee. She is the parent of students at Jefferson and Linus Pauling Middle schools.

Chris Rochester is a former Corvallis School District Budget Committee member and School Board member, including serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board. He was involved in the early stages of the district’s most recent Long Range Facilities Planning process.

Emily Valdez has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She currently works as the Greater Albany Public School District’s Administrative Bond Liaison for the facilities bond work in that district.  She has recently worked on the GAPS Design Team for the construction of two elementary schools.

Gordon Zimmerman is the President/CEO of Citizens Bank and is a parent of two students at Hoover Elementary. He was a member of the district’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee.

During each year the bond proceeds are spent, the committee will meet quarterly to review reports produced by the district in order to assess general compliance with the bond measure approved by voters. The first meeting of the Bond Oversight Committee will be Monday, October 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Cheldelin Middle School library, 987 NE Conifer Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public.