At the top of the agenda for tonight's San Mateo Union High School District board meeting are issues that, if approved, would start the ball rolling for a number of important changes in the schools.

The board is expected to approve a study on the district's open enrollment policy, which allows for student transfers within the district, provided there is an open space at the desired school.

The last time a committee reviewed the policy was in 1980. Since then, public concerns about the policy have brought the need for another review. The committee, who will be comprised of a total of 27 parents, teachers, and students from each school would review the way open enrollment affects the students and make recommended changes to the board.

Also on the agenda list is the new high school exit exam, which the state mandated high school students to pass in order to receive their high school diplomas. District officials will discuss the exam and its implementation for the class of 2004 and above.

The board will also decide whether to approve a new citizen oversight advisory committee for reviewing construction and modernization projects, including those that are being funded by public bonds. The committee would be appointed by the board, and comprised of two representatives from each city in the district. The board will explain the process of filing an application to be on the committee.

Discussion about creating the oversight committee comes at a time when members of the community have accused the district of mismanaging public money for the project.

District Supervisor Thomas Mohr said, "I think when you are using millions of dollars which belongs to the public that there should be a process by which everyone should be accountable."

Other items of interest include a report of scholarships to the class of 2000, SAT results for district, and the adoption of resolutions to support Proposition 39, the School Improvement and Accountability Act, and reject Proposition 38, the school voucher initiative for this year's election.

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