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Hillsboro School District Director Position 2

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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    Mark Watson
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  • Ben Wolfe
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Even before COVID and the transition to online learning, school districts struggled with disparities in academic achievement. Educators fear even greater gaps upon their return to classrooms. What strategies will you consider to address these increased disparities?

COVID has shown us the importance of family support in facilitating students’ education. How will you build on this understanding to increase the role of parents in decision making and promote parental involvement in schools?

What is the impact of the pandemic on school budgets and spending priorities? How do you propose meeting these new challenges?

Los distritos escolares ya tenían dificultades con las disparidades en el desempeño académico, inclusive antes del COVID y de la transición al aprendizaje por internet. Los educadores temen que aparezcan vacíos aún mayores cuando el estudiantado vuelva a los salones de clase. ¿Qué estrategias considerará usted para enfrentar el aumento de estas dificultades?

El COVID nos ha mostrado la importancia del apoyo de las familias para facilitar la educación de los estudiantes. ¿Cómo utilizará este hecho para ampliar la función de los padres en la toma de decisiones y promover la participación de los padres de familia en las escuelas?

¿Cuál es el impacto de la pandemia en los presupuestos escolares y en las prioridades de gasto? ¿Qué propone usted para enfrentar estos nuevos desafíos?

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The premise of the question is spot on. The pandemic related educational landscape is much like economic one. If you were doing OK before the pandemic, you're probably still doing ok. If you were struggling, the pandemic has everything harder. In our district, which is pretty suburban - some more rural, some more dense - we discovered pockets without internet access at all. The district invested in hot spots for students and families. We worked to provide learning opportunities but we know nothing replaces the connections you can create in a classroom. As we return, we'll need to focus targeted investments to bridge some of the content areas. I think the mental health challenges of our students will also require specific attention. We need to make students feel welcome and connected in order to gain ground in content areas.
While we all expect to be back to five days per week in-person instruction this fall, we are utilizing a concept that worked well for us at the outset of this year, during the pandemic. Our educational team called it the "soft start" and the plan is to continue it in fall 2021. Each teacher reaches out to create a personal connection with the student and family. Hopefully, many of these interactions will take place in the building, but we've seen that even a virtual connection (if that better suits a family's schedule) can work. Think of it like an enhanced parent/teacher conference - but at the outset of the year, with the specific intent to create a bond between students, teachers and parents.
The main budgetary impact of the pandemic is going to be on the allocation for education by the state. Every biennium there is a push/pull between the Governor's suggested budget, and the initial budget from the state legislature. Usually one is higher and they end up roughly splitting the difference. Going into this budget cycle, we seem to see them both starting with the same number for "Current Service Level" (CSL). The words indicate "while we can't afford improvements, at least we can fund things as they currently are." However, the amount being discussed for CSL would have every school district in Washington County cutting their budget. For Hillsboro, we've been told to expect a roughly $17.5 million shortfall. When we advocated for, and the legislature passed the Student Success Act, we had hoped to target programs to help close the achievement gap. We need to continue targeting those programs but also be mindful of the number of instructional days and class size.
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