In an effort to address concerns of parents and community members about the bomb threat hoax that occurred last week, the District and Lakeport Police Department hosted a community form on January 22nd. The forum, attended by approximately seventy individuals, was intended to provide an overview of the district's safety plan, address questions about the incident and offer attendees an opportunity to give input about school safety. The forum resulted in parents having a better understanding of how various incidents are assessed by law enforcement, in partnership with the superintendent, to determine the safest course of action when a threat occurs. Members of the audience gave several suggestions that will help improve communication and reduce uncertainty among district employees, students and parents if a future incident occurs.
Following voters' November approval of our bond measure to modernize LUSD schools and facilities, the District is taking the next steps to begin the bond sales process so the work to create a 21st century learning environment for students can begin. At the February board meeting, the District's bond consultant will provide an explanation of the bond sale process to the public. We are also preparing to hire an architect to develop a facilities master plan for the modernization projects and are forming a district facilities committee to provide input on the plan. Subcommittees will be formed along the way, bringing in appropriate staff and community members with specific knowledge to advise on the development of individual projects.
Another important task required by law is the formation of a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The committee ensures that all expenditures of projects and use of bond revenues are in compliance with appropriate laws. The committee, comprised of at least 7 members, is required by Education Code and board policy to have members represent specific roles in the community including a business representative, member of a bona fide taxpayer organization, a senior citizen actively involved in a senior organization, a parent of a student attending a district school, and a parent who is actively involved in an organization supporting the District. Other community-at-large positions are available on the committee for residents who may not fit the required categories. We are actively recruiting committee members, and interested individuals may request an application from the District Office or the district website. In the future, employees and community members will be able to monitor the progress of Measure T school improvement projects by visiting a designated page on our website.