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School District sign outside administration building on Vista Drive (October 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

Bond Oversight Committee members named in event school bond passes

One of the recommendations from the School Bond Task Force was formation of an oversight committee that would be charged with determining if bond revenue was going toward the projects identified on the ballot. If the bond is approved by voters in the General Election this November, the committee will be officially formed.

The Ferndale School District today announced the 7 members of a proposed oversight committee had been selected. Applicants chosen are:

Dan Cornelsen
Carpenter – United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Riley Cornelsen
Project manager – GK Knutson Inc.

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Mark Harting
Dairy Nutritionist – Cargill

Sandi McMillan
Finance Director – Birch Bay Water & Sewer District

Anya Milton
Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator – Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
President – Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Board

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Adam Rustad
CEO – Seeking Health LLC

Bo Smith
Senior Project Manager – Granite Construction

According to the district’s announcement, applicants had to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the Ferndale School District
  • Cannot be a Ferndale School District employee, vendor, contractor or consultant
  • Cannot be a City of Ferndale employee, consultant, or elected official
  • Be willing to commit to the multi-year timeframe of the bond construction process
  • Experience in construction, engineering, and/or project management was desired

The 7 Oversight Committee members were chosen by Bond Task Force members out of 12 applicants according to Bond Task Force Member Joe Lupo.

Lupo explained the expectations of the committee, “The concept of the Oversight Committee is that they participate in meetings with the owner (Ferndale School District) and the contractor with the intention of being able to see engineering progress, design progress, cost updates and schedule updates.”

According to the today’s announcement from the school district, items to be addressed using bond revenue are:

  • Building a new Ferndale High School  $105 million
  • Modernize the existing Ferndale High School Auditorium  $2 million
  • Address critical needs (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roofing)  $4 million
  • Safety and security at all school district buildings  $1 million

Lupo provided the following documents, an overview of the oversight committee’s responsibilities and the committee’s charter, as detailed explanations of the powers being granted the committee and their responsibilities. Both, Lupo said, have been reviewed and approved by the Ferndale School Board.




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