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Hillsboro School District Director Position 3

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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    Nancy Thomas
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Información Biográfica

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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Campaign Phone (public) (503) 270-7596
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.nancythomas4hsb.com
Town Where You Live Hillsboro
Your Experience/Qualificatons My career is based on fiscal responsibility, oversight and difficult decision making for large budgets within complex organizations. Serving in various school and district leadership roles, I’m an advocate for parents and children with a focus on closing the academic achievement gap. I will bring this experience forward as it aligns with the district’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all students. As a servant leader, I look forward to serving the Hillsboro School District.
County Washington
Term 2021-2024
Equity in academic resources is critical. While I fully support TAG, IEP, students with disabilities, Black/African American, Native American and underrepresented student populations, it’s time to get INTENTIONAL about looking at where and how the inequities are and have been developed and identify steps to change. Every student group should have appropriate curriculums and should have a proportionate share of resources for their development – the purpose of public schools. First step, get elected. Second step, immediately start asking questions and investigating where the funding and resources are right now, for all groups and the district overall. Third step, discover what situation will look like in the face of impending budget cuts. Fourth step, share what I’ve learned with the board and the public and begin to talk about options. The district is going to face some tough decisions this upcoming school year. I recognize there are no easy or simple answers.
I believe that parents are the first teachers at home and the partnerships between parents, students, teachers, and administrators are vital to the success of all students. We have to continue to support and drive interactions between our families and their parent advocacy groups both at the school and the district level. From the district level we have to be intentional at making sure that EVERYONE is welcome in these spaces. If necessary, we may have to teach parents how to be advocates for their children at both the school- house and district levels. A strong and inviting parent space is the first key step in this direction.
School district budgeting is a difficult issue in any state. Oregon especially, since the voter decision to pool all education related tax dollars to Salem for equitable distribution across the state. What initially seemed like a great idea to help our rural areas has now become a handicap to exploding populated districts like Hillsboro. Without a lobbyist or adequate representation, our community and others like us are not receiving their needed share of the tax dollars they collect from their community. Essentially, we are exporting our tax dollars to support other districts across the state. We need to identify the best way to demonstrate the need for more dollars to return to our community.

Furthermore, we have to identify when and how the Student Success Act will be fully funded by the state. The program was approved. Then the pandemic hit. We have to re-engage and be diligent about following the money discovering when and how it will be distributed.
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