After retiring from more than three decades as a K-12 school business official, Michael Bishop is back in education, this time as a member of the school bond Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) for the Long Beach Unified School District.
As a Long Beach resident for 32 years, Bishop and his wife raised their two children, both Poly High alumni, in the city. Now one of their grandchildren is a middle schooler in the district.
"I thought it was time I stepped up to give back to the district that has given so much to my family," Bishop said.
The COC is composed of seven individuals appointed by the LBUSD Board of Education. Each member represents the community-at-large or a parents', senior citizens' or taxpayers' group. Bishop was appointed to represent senior citizens.
As an independent committee, the COC is charged with informing the public about bond projects, reviewing Measure E and Measure K expenditures, and developing an annual report to the Board of Education on the progress of projects.
The COC meets up to six times a year, and its members are eligible to serve no more than three consecutive two-year terms.
Bishop brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role. As a former chief business officer, he understands the challenges and issues of school bond project funding and allocation.
"I want to bring my experience and knowledge to help in whatever way I can," said Bishop. "It's an honor to serve."
Before retiring from Santa Ana Unified School District as chief business officer in 2012, he served 14 years in the same role at the Paramount and Compton school districts. During retirement, he has served as interim chief business officer for several school districts, including Downey, Santa Monica-Malibu, Fullerton, Alvord, San Jacinto and El Monte.
He also served as a consultant to several other California school districts and a mentor for the state’s Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team CBO Mentor Project.
Bishop is a faculty member for the USC School Business Management Certificate Program. He is also a member of the California Association of School Business Officers and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.
A native of Oakland, Bishop graduated from USC’s Marshall School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business, with emphases in accounting and organizational behavior. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his three grandchildren.