Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

Drone video shot for CBOC by Steve Shambaugh in January-April of 2017


If you are interested in becoming a member of the CBOC, please fill out the CBOC Application and submit it to Newark Unified School District: 5715 Musick Avenue, Newark, CA  94560 (Attention: Business Office).

*** Now accepting applications for July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020. *** 

All CBOC member appointments must be approved by the Board of Education. The Board accepts applications for any CBOC position at any time. The Board also has the discretion to expand membership beyond the legally required seven members.

CBOC members serve two-year terms. They may be eligible for reappointment for a second and third term.



Community Representation

Serving in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Term?

Term Ends

Marek Yarbrough,

Parent/Guardian of Child Enrolled in District


June 30, 2020

Adam Modzeleski,

At-Large Community Member 2nd June 30, 2020
Olga Borjon,

At-Large Community Member


June 30, 2019

Angela Silvera

Parent/Guardian of Child Enrolled in District AND Active Member of a District Parent-Teacher Organization


June 30, 2020

Richard Watters

Parent/Guardian of Child Enrolled in District


June 30, 2020


Senior Citizens’ Organization

Tony Doot

Business Organization
(Must be active in a bona fide business association)

1st  June 30, 2020


Taxpayer Organization
(Must be active in a bona fide taxpayers’ association)



The purpose of the citizens’ oversight committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.

After a bond authorized under Proposition 39 is passed, state law requires that a citizens’ oversight committee be established to work with the District.

The committee shall actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction and shall convene to provide oversight for, but not limited to, the following:

(Education Code 15278)

  • Ensuring that bond revenues are expended only for the purposes described in Article 13A, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution including the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.
  • Ensuring that, as prohibited by Article 13A, Section 1(b)(3)(A) of the California Constitution, no funds are used for any teacher and administrative salaries or other school operating expenses.

In furtherance of its purpose, the committee may engage in any of the following activities:

(Education Code 15278)

  1. Receiving and reviewing copies of the annual, independent performance and financial audits required by Article 13A, Section 1(b)(3)(C) and (D) of the California Constitution.
  2. Inspecting school facilities and grounds to ensure that bond revenues are expended in compliance with the requirements of Article 13(A), Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution.
  3. Receiving and reviewing copies of any deferred maintenance proposals or plans developed by the district.
  4.  Reviewing efforts by the district to maximize bond revenues by implementing cost-saving measures, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Mechanisms designed to reduce the costs of professional fees
    2. Mechanisms designed to reduce the costs of site preparation
    3. Recommendations regarding the joint use of core facilities
    4. Mechanisms designed to reduce costs by incorporating efficiencies in school site design
    5. Recommendations regarding the use of cost effective and efficient reusable facility plans

All citizens’ oversight committee proceedings shall be open to the public and noticed in the same manner as proceedings of the Board. Committee meetings shall be subject to the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act. (Education Code 15280; Government Code 54952)

The citizens’ oversight committee shall issue regular reports, at least once a year, on the results of its activities.

Minutes of the proceedings and all documents received and reports issued shall be a matter of public record and shall be made available on the district’s web site. (Education Code 15280)

Assistance will be provided to those requiring accommodations for disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Interested persons must request accommodations at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting by contracting the Business Office at (510) 818-4115.

CBOC Bylaws & Related Policies:

PDF of 7214 E (Example) — These are the CBOC Bylaws.
E also online here:

PDF of 7214 AR (Administrative Regulation)
AR also online here:

PDF of 7214 BP (Board Policy)
BP also online here:


The CBOC Bylaws and related policies are within the NUSD Board policies (within the 7000 series for Facilities, within the 7214 section for General Obligation Bonds).

At the NUSD Board of Education meeting on March 1, 2016, the Board approved updates which had 7214 E, AR & BP replace 1221 E, AR & BP.