Citizen Oversight Committee


    Following through on its commitment to accountability, the Duval County School Board has formed a Citizen Oversight Committee to monitor the district’s spending of the new half-penny sales surtax.

    The surtax, which went into effect at the start of this year, was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November. In crafting the approved referendum, the board committed to public oversight to ensure revenue collected is spent as promised.

    “The 67 percent approval rate for the referendum was an amazing vote of confidence and demonstration of trust in the school board,” said current school board Chairwoman Elizabeth Andersen. “As a board, we want to do everything we can to continue building that trust. I am thankful to those serving on this oversight committee and for the role they will play as we enter this building program on behalf of our students, staff, and community.”

    That new revenue for the district is fully allocated to implement the district’s $1.9 billion master facilities plan, which the school board approved in 2019 following a series of community meetings and online public engagement.

    The facilities plan will address a large backlog of maintenance that was deferred following state budget cuts going back to 2009 and 2010. The plan will also improve the operational efficiency of the district, address safety and security at all schools, and reduce the use of portable classrooms in growing areas.

    The committee includes representatives of a number of community organizations and an appointee from each of the seven school board members. The membership of the committee is set in school board policy 9.66.

    Their role is to monitor how the revenue from the surtax is spent and to help keep the public informed on the progress and implementation of the sales surtax plan as set forth in the school board’s resolution leading to the referendum.


The committee appointees are:

Organization Name
Parent Organization, DAC Michael Hawk
JAX Chamber Kelly Pourciau
Northeast Florida Builders Association Nate Day
Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Diana Galavis
Edward Waters College Dr. Pamela Richardson Wilks
City of Atlantic Beach Linda Lanier
Jacksonville Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Nancy Quinones
Jacksonville NAACP Hank Rogers
Jacksonville Public Education Fund Stephanie Garry Garfunkel
Greater Arlington/Beaches CPAC Delmas “Dedee” Harper
Jacksonville Joint Planning Committee Monique Tookes
Jacksonville Civic Council Brian Evans
Duval Teachers United Terrie Brady
Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Lynette Clinch
Board Member Appointee, District 1 Lawrence Dennis
Board Member Appointee, District 2 David Hathaway
Board Member Appointee, District 3 Joe Carlucci
Board Member Appointee, District 4 Maurice Martinez
Board Member Appointee, District 5 George Barnes
Board Member Appointee, District 6 Alberta Hipps
Board Member Appointee, District 7 Allison Busuttil
Duval Superintendent of Schools, Ex-Officio Non-Voting Dr. Diana Greene
District Student Government Association, Ex-Officio Non-Voting TBD
  • To serve, members must certify that they have no conflict of interest or any financial interest in the projects and initiatives funded through the new surtax. The surtax will expire after 15 years unless voters renew the funding at that time. Early design work on initial projects has already begun, and the district expects to see the first revenue arrive in two to three months.