An independent group dedicated to monitoring Westerville City Schools spending is being resurrected.

An independent group dedicated to monitoring Westerville City Schools spending is being resurrected.

Four to six new members are being sought for the Financial Accountability Community Taskforce (FACT), which was founded after the passage of the May 2006 operating levy to judge how well the district kept its campaign promises especially its commitment to keep Westerville schools' finances in the black through the end of fiscal year 2010.

The committee hasn't met this year because fiscal year 2010 is drawing to a close, but the Westerville Board of Education recently asked that FACT renew and revamp its mission.

"We as a board believe that it's important to have an external, independent and objective committee of community members in place to make sure that we're keeping our commitment to maintain excellence as promised during the November 2009 levy campaign," board President Kristi Robbins said.

Now that a new operating levy has been passed, FACT will have to find a new focus, task force chairwoman Jan Booker said.

"We'll have a different charge, and we're still working on that," Booker said. "We'll still be looking at the board's spending. We're not auditors. We'll just be looking at certain elements."

Booker said the group's periodic reports will likely keep the same "stoplight" format, rating the district's spending with red, yellow, or green lights.

Previously, the Westerville school district was rated on its levy commitments, such as adding full-time employees and decreasing teacher-student ratios.

"We don't have all those categories like we used to," Booker said. "That will be the first change once we get the new (group) together."

The group is to have either seven or nine members. Three of the current members plan to stay on for the next incarnation of FACT, she said.

Along with Booker, returning members include Chris Angeleto and Carol McCammon.

Departing members Chris Arens, Roger Howard and Mike McClinchie have volunteered to interview candidates and select the next members of FACT, Booker said.

Applications are available on the school district website at wcsoh.org.

The deadline to submit an application is July 16.

Interviews will be scheduled for July 28 in hopes that the new members will be able to attend the group's August meeting.