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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