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. In addition, 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 were interviewed to determine promising practices that are most effective in fulfilling the responsibilities and achieving the advantages of an oversight committee.
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