DPS announces final members of $500.5 million bond oversight advisory committee

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb announced the selection of five additional members who will serve on the DPS Bond Advisory and Fiscal Responsibility Committee for the district’s $500.5 million facilities program.

The DPS Bond Advisory and Fiscal Responsibility Committee is composed of parents, as well as political, industry, labor and community leaders. The committee will assist Bobb in reviewing, on a regular basis, the ongoing construction and funding to ensure project goals, project budgets and project schedules are met.

“The advisory and fiscal responsibility committee will make an important contribution to our promise to guarantee that these taxpayer funds for the facilities program are spent appropriately,” Bobb said.

The newest members of the committee are:

*John Conyers, Jr., U.S. Congressman, Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary
*Naif A. Khouri, Vice President and Treasurer of DTE Energy
*Dan Ringo, Recording Corresponding Secretary and Executive Director Stationary Division International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324
*Tia Shepherd, Co-Chair of the Detroit Citywide Parents Advisory Committee
*Mumtaz Usmen, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at Wayne State University

They join first 10 members of the DPS Bond Advisory and Fiscal Responsibility Committee:

*Mayor Dave Bing, City of Detroit
*Rev. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP
*Saunteel Jenkins, Detroit City Councilwoman-elect
*Keith Johnson, President, Detroit Federation of Teachers
*Rev. Oscar King III, Pastor, Northwest Unity Baptist Church and President, Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity
*Raymond Lozano, Executive Director, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
*Sam Logan, Publisher, The Michigan Chronicle
*Sandra E. Pierce, President and CEO, Charter One Bank, and President of the Board, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
*Dolores Smith Jackson, parent, Interim Chairman, Citywide School Community Organization
*Toney Stewart, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights Local

The group’s first meeting is set for Jan. 19.

The district also recently unveiled a new Web site to ensure a commitment to transparency, where updates on the bond will be posted, as well as community engagement information and vendor and worker information. That site is www.detroit.k12.mi.us/proposal_s/facilities/

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