While the general election that will decide the fate of a proposed $112 million Ferndale School District (FSD) Bond is not until November, organizers are asking for applications for a Community Oversight Committee that will be assembled to ensure the money is spent as the voters intend.
The bond going before voters in November was developed based on recommendations from a Task Force of 85 people under the direction of FSD who required the Task Force consider 3 options provided by the District and that they follow a directive that Ferndale High School was to be “a signature project.”
The Task Force ultimately rejected the 3 options and developed a 4th. In their recommendation they proposed
- $105 million to rebuild many of the Ferndale High School buildings
- $2 million to update the FHS auditorium
- 1 million for security upgrades in other buildings in other FSD schools
- $4 million to address critical needs at other buildings in other FSD schools
Former Bond Task Force members are now coordinating the process for selecting 5 to 9 people to serve on the Community Oversight Committee.
Requirements for applicants to serve on the committee include
- Must live within 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 (to avoid potential conflicts of interest or appearance of conflicts during permitting processes)
- Must be willing to commit to the multi-year timeframe of the bond construction process
Individuals with backgrounds in construction, project management, engineering and finance are encouraged to apply.