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Citizen's Oversight Committee

About the Citizens’ Oversight Committee

The Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) plays a vital role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the Centinela Valley Union High School District’s (CVUHSD) use of school bond funds and/or Parcel Tax proceeds. Comprising seven members appointed by the Board of Education, the COC reviews school bond and/or Parcel Tax expenditures.

Each COC member represents a distinct segment of the community, including senior citizens, parents, businesses, or taxpayers. With a commitment to serving a maximum of three, two-year terms, COC members bring diverse perspectives and expertise to their oversight responsibilities.

Committee Members

Committee members may serve a maximum of three 2-year terms, totaling 6 years. 

  • Chairperson: Pat Kearney, Senior Citizen Representative
  • Vice Chairperson: Leithelle Williams, At-Large Community Representative
  • Member: Fabiola Smith, Parent/Guardian of Enrolled Child
  • Member: Shirley Jones, At-Large Community Member
  • Member: Scott Smith, Parent/Guardian of Enrolled Child/PTO
  • Member: TBD, Tax Payer Organization
  • Member: TBD, Business Representative


Join the COC

The Board of Trustees of the Centinela Valley Union High School District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders which will serve as the independent Citizens' Oversight Committee ("COC") for the District's Measure CV, Measure LP and Measure SP bond programs as well as the Measure CL Parcel Tax. We have vacancy(s) in the following membership category(s):

  • Taxpayer Organization Member
  • Business Representative


Community members may also apply for one of the following membership categories.  Applicants for these categories will be put on a waitlist and their applications reviewed once an opening becomes available. If you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this committee, please have them apply. 

On November 6, 2012, voters approved Measure CL (Parcel Tax).  This measure authorized the Local Classrooms Funding Authority (Authority), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) created by the Hawthorne School District (Hawthorne), the Lawndale School District (Lawndale), the Lennox School District (Lennox), the Wiseburn School District (Wiseburn) and the Centinela Valley Union High School District (Centinela) to levy an annual tax of 2¢/square foot of lot for residential property and 7.5¢/square foot for other property types with exemptions for citizens over the age of 65, if they applied.  This parcel tax commenced on July 1, 2013 and remains in effect indefinitely. 

In each year the qualified special tax is levied, the Authority's Board and Agency Representative shall take any action necessary to allow the appropriate County officer(s) to distribute the proceeds of that tax directly to each school district.  Pursuant to the Agreement, based on the Average Daily Attendance and potential tax proceeds from the parcels located within each school district, each school district shall receive the following fixed proportion of the proceeds of the tax:


  • Centinela shall receive 40% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
  • Hawthorne shall receive 16.6% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
  • Lawndale shall receive 14.7% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
  • Lennox shall receive 8.7% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax
  • Wiseburn shall receive 20% of the proceeds of the qualified special tax


Any funds left unallocated shall be split equally among the Members eligible to receive proceeds from the qualified tax. The proceeds of the qualified special tax shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified in the Full Ballot Text:


  • Protect academic quality in local K-12 schools
  • Maintain math, science, English programs
  • Provide education for students with disabilities/special needs
  • Support computer technology and school security
  • Prepare students for college/careers
  • Retain excellent teachers


The Authority shall prepare and file with the Board and the governing board of its Members a report/audit detailing the amount of funds collected and expended no later than December 31 of each year while the qualified special tax is in effect.  The Authority shall provide for the creation of an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review the allocation of the qualified special taxes collected pursuant to the Measure to ensure that moneys raised under this Measure are allocated in accordance with this Measure. 


For Senior Citizen Exemption or SSI Exemption information and forms please visit Local Classrooms Funding Authority Measure CL Parcel Tax