Politics threaten school district’s Financial Oversight Committee by Bill Bauer

April 09, 2012



The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District school board has another embarrassment on its hands.

This time its the March 20 resignation of Joan Chu Reese, vice chair of the district’s Financial Oversight Committee. Reese has charged that a faction on the school board was intent on replacing three FOC incumbents “whom they deem to be too active, outspoken or independent relative to the board’s own point of view.”

Members of the FOC are approved by the school board and charged with providing independent, citizen financial oversight of SMMUSD’s fiscal affairs for the board. Reese, David Vukadinovich and Cynthia Torres are the three FOC incumbents being considered for replacement.

Normally, the various district advisory committees put up their own nominees or incumbents who are reappointed. This year, school board members had three new applicants interviewed for the FOC — a move widely viewed as “politically motivated.”

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