Dixon School District’s Obfuscated Oversight

By Mike Ceremello, February 7, 2019

Dixon, CA (DIV) – Once again the Dixon Unified School District is refusing to comply with the law which allowed them to obtain a $30 million bond with a 55% voter consent. On the agenda for tonight’s, Thursday February 7, 2019, Dixon Unified School Board meeting is the approval of the Bond Audit Report for Measure Q for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. The Board of Trustees is asked to approve that Report.

Click here to view and download the full article by Mike Ceremello in the Independent Voice.

Dixon Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee tours the future Dixon Middle School

Tad Smith
Special to the Tribune
Published September 17, 2018

Dixon – On Wednesday evening, September 12th, the Dixon Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) had the opportunity to step back in time and imagine the future, during an extensive walk-through of the future Dixon Middle School, located on A Street across from City Hall.

During the next two years, the building commonly referred to as the old High School will be transformed into a modern middle school with the proper facilities to educate our 6th through 8th graders. 

The tour was hosted by John Calise, Director of Facilities, Operations and Capital Projects for the Dixon Unified School District, after CBOC members signed liability release waivers and donned hardhats due to safety concerns in the building. If the expected timeline holds, students from C.A. Jacobs Middle School will be moved into the renovated Dixon Middle School in time for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Click here to read the full post from the Dixon Tribune on Facebook.

SCTA Update 8/14/2018

The School Board has adopted the position of a limited “scope” of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee’s (CBOC) responsibilities regarding oversight of the Measure Q Bond funds. The Board has opined that the purpose of the Committee is to review and report on the bond expenditures. However the Committee has not received any expenditure report since their Feb. 28, 2018 meeting, although they had four meetings since then. Considering the School Board, in their role as “Trustees”, seldom, if ever discuss the expenditures of the District during their meetings, they may believe this “independent oversight committee” doesn’t need to review expenditures of the Measure Q fund in order to report to the citizens. In fact, the District expenditures are only randomly included on the “consent calendar”.

Click here to read the full update from the Solano County Taxpayers Association.

SCTA Update 7/24/2018

The Solano County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) has been busy as part of our stated purpose of “efficiency in government; stimulate the public interest in civic affairs; effect reduction in taxes; assist governments by studying and recommending regional policies.”

Last week we filed with the State Supreme Court an “amicus” letter supporting the effort to knock the scheme to dissolve California into three new states off the ballot. Just the fact that this plan might be adopted would cause political and economic chaos for the state for which the people would have to pay. Proposition 9 was not a well thought out proposition. For instance, a dozen school and community college districts would be split apart because their boundaries would cross the new state lines. The Supreme Court in a unanimous order removed Proposition 9 from the 2018 ballot stating “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.” After a hearing the Court may decide to put it in the 2020 ballot.

Click here to read the full update from the Solano County Taxpayers Association.

SCTA Update 2/28/2018

It has been reported that at the recent “State of the City” event, Brian Dolan, Superintendent of the Dixon Unified School District, expressed his opinion that the role of the Measure Q Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) was only an advisory group without decision making authority. The creation of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee is legally required by Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution. The School District wanted the passage of Measure Q to be approved with only 55% favorable local vote instead of the 2/3 vote of the people. This lesser voter approval created the CBOC. The Solano County Taxpayers Association is appalled that the Superintendent does not understand the role and nature of the Oversight Committee.

Click here to read the full update from the Solano County Taxpayers Association.

SCTA Press Release 9/12/2017

DIXON UNIFIED SHOOL DISTRICT WILL HONOR THEIR PROMISE TO THE VOTERS AND SCTA

After the threat of litigation by the Solano County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) the Dixon Unified School Board, in a closed session Thursday, decided not to proceed with the proposed “lease-leaseback” delivery method for the projects approved by the passage of Measure Q, but to honor their promise to the Voters and the SCTA. (Measure Q passed by 60% (4966 votes) of the people that voted in November. )

In November 2016 Dixon Voters approved a $30.4 mil bond to renovate the Old Dixon High School and update the Anderson Elementary School.

Click here to read the full press release from the Solano County Taxpayers Association.

School District Thumbs Nose At Public 2/18/2018

What Is Dolan Hiding and Why?

By Mike Ceremello, February 9, 2018

What happens when you vote to give the Dixon Unified School District millions of dollars to renovate their schools? Once they get our money it appears they don’t want anyone to know how they are spending it until after the funds are spent.

Measure Q was passed in November 2016 by 60% of the voters and gave the district $30.4 million to renovate the old high school and Anderson Elementary. This bond now is in addition to another $29 million which was used to build the new high school. There is also talk from the school board about going out for another bond to reconstruct Tremont Elementary which is composed of portables unlike Gretchin Higgins which is a group of permanent structures.

Click here to view and download the full article by Mike Ceremello in the Independent Voice.

Dixon School District misses deadline to form bond oversight panel 3/16/2017

By Ryan McCarthy – March 16, 2017

DIXON — The superintendent for the Dixon School District apologized to the Solano County Taxpayers Association for missing a Monday deadline to form a bond oversight committee after the Nov. 8 passage of the $30.4 million Measure Q school bond.

Click here to download and view the full article by Ryan McCarthy in the Fairfield Daily Republic.

Dixon taxpayers group launches Measure Q Oversight website 10/4/2018

By Nick Sestanovich | nsestanovich@thereporter.com |
October 4, 2018 at 3:15 pm

The Dixon chapter of the Solano County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) launched a website recently to provide residents with access to documents regarding Dixon Unified School District’s Measure Q bond funds.

Measure Q is a $30.4 million revenue initiative that was passed by Dixon voters in 2016 to provide funds for construction and renovation projects at DUSD schools. Such projects include reopening the old Dixon High School site as a new middle school, repairs and renovations at Anderson Elementary School, and providing security and safety improvements and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance upgrades at all the district schools.

Following the passage of Measure Q, the school board established a Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) made up of independent volunteers in Aug. 2017 to ensure that the Measure Q money would only be spent on its projects. Per Proposition 39, which was approved by California voters in 2000, school districts that pass bond measures are required to have a CBOC that meets at least once a year and provide information to the public about bond revenues.

DUSD’s website has information and documents on Measure Q, as does the third-party website dixonmeasureq.com. However, SCTA members expressed frustration that not all the documents were in one place. With the assistance of Roseville public relations firm Dauntless Communications, the SCTA launched MeasureQOversight.com with the goal of providing a user-friendly one-stop shop for Measure Q-related documents, including CBOC meeting agendas and minutes, videos of CBOC and school board meetings, contact information for CBOC members, annual and interim reports, committee bylaws and the full text of Measure Q itself. The site also plans to host news articles on Measure Q and has a feature where visitors can provide suggestions regarding the site’s contact.

The site can be accessed at MeasureQOversight.com.

Click here to read the article at The Reporter.