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July 31, 2006


CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Board of Education Chairman Larry Davis—in consultation with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson—today announced the new members of the Bond Accountability Commission (B.A.C.). The reconstituted Commission is to fulfill a campaign pledge made in 2001 for an independent group of citizens to monitor and issue public reports on the District’s school construction program.

“These individuals named to the Bond Accountability Commission are exceedingly qualified to oversee implementation of the school district’s Facilities Master Plan,” said Chairman Davis. “I know the Board of Education and the entire community is eager for the Commission to begin its work of publicly accounting for the dollars spent to rebuild our schools.”

Mayor Frank Jackson is a strong proponent of appointing the new Commission. “I’m pleased this outstanding group of citizens has accepted the charge of keeping the public well-informed about the school district’s facilities program,” he said. “I look forward to the Commission holding the school district accountable for the spending of taxpayers’ money on this project so critical to the future of our children and community.”

Earlier this summer, Alfonso Sanchez was appointed Interim Chairman of the B.A.C. The retired Executive Vice President of Turner Construction presided over numerous major construction projects including the Key Tower, the Galleria and the Cleveland Public Library. Sanchez will serve as Interim Chairman until the Commission chooses a permanent chair in January.

At its July meeting, the Board of Education approved the use of District funds for start-up costs of the Commission and staff. Private funds will be sought to supplement the funding of the Commission. Cuyahoga Community College will provide space at its Metro Campus to house the staff of the B.A.C.

The new B.A.C. members are:

Bond Accountability Commission

Alfonso Sanchez, Interim Chair
Retired Executive Vice President of Turner Construction Executive
At Turner he presided over numerous major construction projects including the Key Tower, the Galleria, Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Clinic.

Lillie Bell
Retired Customer Service Manager for United Parcel Service.
Co-Chair of the Cleveland Leadership Education Committee. President of the Ward 2 Democratic Club. President of the Board of the Substance Abuse Initiative of Greater Cleveland. Resident of Cleveland.

Tanya Brown
President of the School Parent Organization at Gracemount School.
Parent of two Gracemount School students. Resident of Cleveland and a graduate of John Marshall High School.

Diane Downing
Vice President of Administration for the Cleveland Browns.
Served as project manger for the construction of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Previously served in the cabinets of Mayor Michael White and Mayor George Voinovich. Resident of Cleveland.

Robert Jackson
Senior Partner in the Cleveland law firm of Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz.
Corporate lawyer, avid book collector and supporter of public libraries. President of the Contemporary Art Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Denise Link
Vice President of Delivery Planning and ATM Performance at National City Bank. Parent of two Newton D. Baker School students. Classroom tutor and parent volunteer at Newton D. Baker School. Resident of Cleveland.

Eric Paszt
Retired Purchasing Director at Turner Construction Company
At Turner he was instrumental in purchasing for numerous major construction projects including the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and Eye Clinic, the Bank One Building, Cleveland Public Library and Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital.

Nancy Schuster
Managing principal for the law firm Schuster & Simmons Co., LPA located on the West Side of Cleveland.
Previously served as President Parma Board of Education, and as Chief of the White Collar Section and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

Peter van Dijk
Architect and design consultant with Westlake Reed Leskosky.
Responsible for the designs of Blossom Music Center, IMG Building, University School, Cleveland State University Music Building, Playhouse Square Theatre restoration, and Federal Reserve Bank restoration. Resident of Cleveland.

Additional members including a Cleveland Municipal School District student will be identified and appointed to the BAC at the beginning of the school year.

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