Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for 1 year. Employees of the district are not eligible unless employed as a substitute driver. ORS 332.016 and 332.018(2)Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]
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Occupational Background: Program/Project Management, Operations Management, Software Configuration Management, Oregon Substitute Teacher (ESS).
- Portland Community College: Career Technical Education (CTE) License.
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University: Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (BS)
- University of Minnesota - Twin Cities: Computer Science, Master of Science
- Capella University: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Over the next few years, Gaston School board will need to continue supporting an educational model that meets the needs of all students whether online, in-person, or hybrid, by continuing to improve and enhance the Alternative Education Program and policies for our district. Improving our reading capabilities for elementary students and providing more options for high school classes can help to close our achievement gaps. As a board, we should support more community involvement on a consistent basis by offering multiple ways to participate in our board meetings and in our district activities like after-school clubs, youth sports, science, technology, art, reading, and math programs.
I’m excited about the direction that the district is taking to support all students and am thrilled that Summer Catino will be at the helm for the new school year. Early in the 2020-2021 school year, we had several staff resign in our ELL, SPED, Junior/Senior High Counseling, and the Testing Department. We are grateful that we were able to hire additional staff to support the needs of students; however, the turnover can be detrimental to student learning. As a board, we can support ways to hire and fund long-term talent, retain our great staff, and also build talent from within the community. Gaston School District has a strong sense of community, loyalty, and trust. They welcome insights and inputs from parents, guardians, and all community members. We can bring these parents, guardians, and community members into our talent pool by asking them to share their talents in our online (video/live streaming) or in-person (workshops/classroom activities) learning mediums.
The creativity of Gaston School District's online and in-person instruction models will help to support all students’ needs and provide inclusive programming. The board can continue to help support grants for COVID-19 relief, like ESSER II, which helps support technology needed for hybrid learning. As stated earlier, the board can support an Alternative Education Program where guardians, along with counselors, can create customized learning for their students’ needs as they matriculate through Elementary, Junior, and Senior High. Online, in person, and hybrid models can include more vocational courses in addition to college-prep courses.
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