Boynton said volunteers in schools must submit to criminal background checks. But committee volunteers have never had to submit to criminal and financial background checks.
These volunteers will not have direct access to the money and will not be dispersing funds in any way, Boynton noted.
She added: The newspaper is doing a very good job looking at the applicants.
For each applicant, the Star-Banner checked Marion County court records, which show local arrests, criminal prosecutions and lawsuits; the official records recorded with the court clerks office, which include judgments, liens, court orders, deed transfers, mortgages and such; and federal bankruptcy court records.
The purpose: to bring to light any financial situations that might be relevant for the School Board to consider as it selects committee members.
One candidate withdrew his name from consideration when the paper asked him about his bankruptcy and arrests. This was before any story was published.
A second candidate, Carol Vought, withdrew on Wednesday after the Star-Banner inquired about her personal bankruptcy, which was made final less than a year ago.
A third, Paula Chaffin, withdrew on Friday afternoon, a few days after being asked about a 2010 foreclosure action.
Two other candidates have remained in the running after the paper inquired about financial troubles.
Marion Andy Lazar said his personal bankruptcy case, finalized in January, happened because he wound up paying mortgages on two houses. He tried to sell one but got caught in the housing slump.
Heidi Maier, whose bankruptcy was made final earlier this year, said she has learned life lessons some easier than others through the years. She hopes the School Board considers candidates strengths, experience and ideas when it fills the committee roster.
The School Board will choose 15 of the 71 remaining applicants to serve on the oversight committee. Each of the five board members will choose two sitting members and an alternate. The choices are expected to be made during a work session on Thursday.
Forming the committee was a condition of the 1-mill property tax that voters approved in November. The tax is expected to raise $15 million over four years, and the committee will be charged with oversight of that money.
Three candidates were late additions to the list:
Retired dentist Robert Dreyfus contacted the district when he saw his name was missing from the original list. He proved that his email application was sent to the district three days before the deadline but, for some reason, was not registered.
Virginia Wilson, a vice president with Florida Citizens Bank, sent an email six days before the deadline. But she later learned it hadnt been received because she mistakenly left the . out of the email address.
Robin Williams-Martinezs letter of interest and resume were postmarked Feb. 9, the deadline day.
In addition to the three candidates who withdrew because of the Star-Banners inquiries, a fourth stepped away for a different reason.
Will Thames told the district that he withdrew because he initially applied due to concerns for lack of business community input, but there is an excellent pool, according to an email he sent to the district.