Purpose and Scope

California State law requires that an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC) be appointed by the Board of Trustees within 60 days of certification of the election results being entered into the minutes, which occurred on January 17, 2017. The NUSD Board of Trustees appointed the ICOC on March 7, 2017.

The duties of the committee include:

-Actively reviewing and reporting on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction in accordance with voter-approved projects.

– Advising the public as to whether the school district is in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), which provides that:

  • Bond revenues are expended only for the purposes set out in Measure G,
  • That no bond revenues are used for any teacher or administrative salaries or other school operating expenses, and
  • An annual independent financial audit and independent performance audit is performed.

– Informing the public at least annually in a written report concerning the expenditure of bond proceeds.

The committee does not:

-Participate in the bond sale and issuance process or make decisions concerning the timing, terms or structure of a bond issuance.

-Determine how bond funds shall be spent, or the prioritization of projects.

-Select contractors or consultants for bond projects or participate in the negotiation or bid process.

Please contact Yancy Hawkins, Assistant Superintendent Business & Operations, with any questions at [email protected] or 415 897-4260.

2019-2020 Committee
Back row: Greg Coté, Brigit Nevin, Ali Iqbal, Jeffrey Vaillant
Front row: Erich Mesenburg, Sylvia Barry, Judy Adison-Hight
Application For Membership

Interested in Joining?

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is currently accepting applications for membership.  If interested, please fill out an application and return it to the Assistant Superintendent, Business & Operations, NUSD District Office, 1015 Seventh Street, Novato, CA 94945

Application For Membership
Members of the Committee Include

The following community members were approved for appointment to the ICOC by the Board of Trustees at the March 7, 2017, Board Meeting. Mr. Ali Iqbal was approved for appointment to fill the role of Taxpayer Organization Member of the ICOC by the Board of Trustees at the August 22, 2017, Board Meeting.


  • Business Organization Member: Sylvia Barry
  • Senior Citizen Association Member: Jeffrey Vaillant
  • Parent Member: Gregory Coté
  • PTA Member: Erich Mesenburg
  • Taxpayer Organization Member: Ali Iqbal
  • At Large Member: Brigit Nevin
  • At Large Member: Judy Adison Hight

The committee consists of at least seven (7) members each serving a term of two (2) years and for no more than three (3) consecutive terms.  The committee exists until all the bond proceeds have been expended.

The ICOC meets at least four times a year, and all meetings are open to the public. The agenda, meeting dates, minutes of prior meetings and materials presented during the meetings are available here on the district website.


Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee Meetings 

Public Documents