ERIC Number: ED476046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-12
Citizen Oversight of Public School Construction Programs: In Search of Promising Practice.
This paper asserts that one part of a comprehensive control system for school construction projects is a citizen oversight committee. It suggests that citizen oversight committees are a cost-effective and politically important method for supplementing a school board in its monitoring and oversight functions. Inaddition, the committee acts as a means of engaging the public to increase accountability, meeting the public's desire to ensure taxpayer dollars are used effectively, efficiently, and equitably. The paper provides information on the advantages associated with having a citizen oversight committee as well as lessons and promising practices on how to develop and implement a committee. Ten districts with citizen oversight committees in place we reinterviewed to determine promising practices that are most effective in fulfilling the responsibilities and achieving the advantages of an oversight committee. (EV)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Community Involvement, Construction Costs, Construction Management, Public Schools, School Construction
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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