Six community members are keeping a close eye on the progress and spending on Highline Public Schools bond projects.
These community members agreed to serve as the Capital Projects Oversight Committee to ensure accountability on school construction projects. Committee members are appointed to serve a two-year term. They meet every other month.
Three members represent the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) that planned the school bond. Other members were appointed for their experience in finance, construction and real estate. All are residents of the Highline community.
The superintendent appoints an eight-member citizen oversight committee to provide oversight of implementation of capital construction projects included in capital bond ballot measures.
This committee shall focus on program revenues as well as expenditures, planning for future capital bond measures, providing fiscal oversight and advising on issues of best practice in construction and real estate areas. The focus will also be to assure that the capital projects program supports academic achievement in the schools.
Responsibilities and Scope of Review:
The committee will receive periodic briefings and be asked to comment upon and make recommendations for progress of the capital projects program, and the district’s other capital programs, to the extent they affect the capital projects program. The committee will oversee the planning, prioritization and implementation of current and future bond programs, etc. The committee will monitor the implementation of all approved projects and make recommendations for compliance with goals, priorities, scope, budget, schedule, revenue and other significant factors.
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly meetings (or more often as required). Because this is a volunteer committee and vacancies occur and are not always promptly filled, the requirement for a quorum is reduced. A quorum shall be at least 50 percent of the active membership of the committee, but not less than three members.
Manner and timing of expected work product: Regular comments and recommendations to staff regarding conduct of the capital program, with semi-annual reports to the superintendent and school board, more often as appropriate.
Term of Committee: As long as the capital projects program continues in effect.
Length of term of individual members: 2 years
Staff support required: Regular attendance by executive director of Capital Planning & Construction and the chief operations officer, with additional staff attendance as necessary. Staff will provide copies of documents and prepare reports as requested.
Reporting relationship: To Superintendent.
Staff Contact: Regular contact is the executive director of Capital Planning & Construction. Contact superintendent or chief operations officer as necessary.
Member Selection and Qualifications
Qualifications of committee members: Familiarity with large capital program activities such as planning, budgeting, cost estimating and controls, organization and management of public agency capital programs, and public and media relations skills are desirable. The committee should not include any district employees, although staff are welcome to attend meetings.
Individuals should represent one (1) or more of the following areas: local government, capital managers and planners, architects, construction managers, attorneys, realtors, parents, and others as appropriate. At least two members will represent the district’s Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.
Ethics: Members shall not have any direct or indirect financial interest, except a remote interest, in any contract, purchase of materials, or activity financed from district capital funds. Members shall decline to vote on or participate in official district business in which the individual has a remote interest as defined by state statute, as amended from time to time.
Selection Process: The Superintendent appoints the eight members of the oversight committee.
- Dave Bush, Real Estate Broker, Windermere Realty
- Rose Clark, Chair, Capital Facilities Advisory Committee
- Tonita Webb, Member, VP & COO, Seattle Credit Union (CFAC Member)
- Michelle Sipes-Marvin, Councilmember, City of Normandy Park
- Elizabeth Leavitt, Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability, Port of Seattle
- Mika Sundberg, Designer, SKL Architects (CFAC Member)
Dave is a former City of SeaTac councilmember and has been a real estate broker for Windermere Real Estate in Burien for the past 25 years. His business experience includes serving as vice president of two corporations. He has served as a Highline Schools Foundation trustee, President of the SeaTac Rotary Club, Matt Griffin YMCA board member, and Tyee High School PTSA President.
Rose is a long-time resident of Highline. Her three children and two grandchildren graduated from Highline schools. She volunteered in local schools and was a district employee for 21 years. She was PTSA president at the North Hill, Riverton Heights, and Tyee schools and served on the district PTSA Council. Rose worked with the state health department to conduct the first health study related to SeaTac Airport in 1997. She helped craft the first Burien Comprehensive Plan adopted in 1997, and was a City of Burien councilmember from 2000 to 2013. She is the Burien Lions president and the founder and president of Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association. She was co-chair of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee in 2015-2016, and will serve as chair in 2017-2018.
Tonita is a Highline parent of four children. Two graduated from Mount Rainier High School and two are current MRHS students. She was previously a parent at Pacific and Sylvester middle schools and Des Moines Elementary. She served on the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee in 2015-2016 and will continue in 2017-2018. Tonita is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Seattle Credit Union with responsibility for capital facilities. She is also a board member for Southeast Effective Development for Seattle (SEED), which promotes arts and economic development.
Michelle is a Normandy Park city councilmember. She grew up in Highline, attending Bow Lake Elementary, Chinook Middle School, and Tyee High School. She has two daughters who attend Marvista Elementary. Michelle is a registered nurse and co-owner of two local businesses, MSA Legal Nurse Consulting and Sipes Homecare Solutions. She also represents the City of Normandy Park on the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee in 2017-2018.
Elizabeth Leavitt, senior director of environment and sustainability, has worked at the Port of Seattle for more than 26 years, serving as the director of aviation planning and environmental programs for the last seven years. Elizabeth is a dedicated environmental advocate whose business acumen and leadership skills have helped the Port of Seattle balance of its triple bottom line of environmental, financial and social goals.
She also served on Highline's Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) in 2015-16 and helped recommend the successful 2016 school bond.
Mika Sundberg's service on the Oversight Committee stems from several hats she wears. Mika is a parent of young children and a Highline resident. She is also a designer at Sundberg, Kennedy, Ly-Au Young Architects and her name was drawn by lottery to become a member of our Capital Facilities Advisory Committee in fall 2018. She was elected by CFAC members to fill an empty position on the Oversight Committee.