Open seat on Measure X Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

Gavilan College accepts new applications following the resignation of support organization representative.

With the recent resignation of a Measure X Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee member, Gavilan College is looking for new candidates as plans for a San Benito County campus move forward. The committee oversees the spending of funds from the $248 million school bond San Benito and Santa Clara County voters approved in 2018.

Dr. Nazhat Sharma, a Hollister local who represented the support organization membership on the oversight committee, resigned on July 2. She declined to comment.

Jan Bernstein-Chargin, Gavilan’s director of public information, said the college did receive two applications before the Aug. 23 deadline, but neither fit the support organization criteria. The California Education Code defines the position this way: “For a community college district, one member shall be active in the support and organization of a community college or the community colleges of the district, such as a member of an advisory council or foundation.” 

Application filing has been reopened and will remain open until the seat is filled. Anyone interested in being considered can apply here.

“I believe that oversight of how San Benito County’s taxpayers funds are spent can best be made by a San Benito County resident,” said Gavilan College Trustee Irma Gonzalez.

The next oversight committee meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24. 


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Carmel de Bertaut

Carmel has a BA in Natural Sciences/Biodiversity Stewardship from San Jose State University and an AA in Communications Studies from West Valley Community College. She reports on science and the environment, arts and human interest pieces. Carmel has worked in the ecological and communication fields and is an avid creative writer and hiker. She has been reporting for BenitoLink since May, 2018 and covers Science and the Environment and Arts and Culture.