Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

 people in a meeting
The Citizens Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) is a mix of individuals with a reputation for fairness and transparency and experience in building design, construction, public contracting, budgeting, and/or auditing. Read the Citizens Bond Accountability Committee charter.  The next BAC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. location TBD

The seven-member committee meets quarterly to review bond funded projects and offer advice to the
School Board, on:
  • Whether bond revenues are expended only for the purpose for which the bond was approved
  • Alignment with the goals and principles of the district’s Long Range Facilities Plan
  • Alignment with the goals of the Business Equity Policy
  • Lowering maintenance and construction costs while improving operating efficiency
  • Historic preservation and school renovation
  • Potential capital partnerships for joint and shared use of PPS facilities
  • Implementation of appropriate ways to address seismic issues
  • Compliance with ADA requirements
View the BAC Reports to the School Board & their meeting minutes.

  • Kevin Spellman, Committee Chair, retired construction contractor and management
  • Louis Fontenot, Development Manager, Trammell Crow Company
  • Cheryl Twete, Community Development Director, City of Beaverton
  • Tenzin Choephel, Senior Management Auditor, Audit Services Division, City of Portland
  • Charlie Johnson, Business Manager/FST-Sheet Metal Local #16, Board Member-Oregon State Building Trades Council
  • Willy Paul, Executive Director, Kaiser National Facilities Services
  • Tom Peterson, Chief Engineer, Port of Portland

Bond Performance Audits
Also built into the PPS School Building Improvement Bond are annual, independent financial and performance audits that are presented to the Bond Accountability Committee and school board.The first of four annual performance audits of the Bond program was presented to the school board in June of 2014. The audits are undertaken by the firm Hirsh and Associates and encompasses the Bond work from the beginning of the program in November of 2012 through March of 2014.

View the 1st Bond Performance Auditor's Report (June 2014)

View the BAC response to the June 2014 performance audit

View the 2nd Bond Performance Auditor's Report (May 2015)