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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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  • Carrie McPherson Douglass
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    Maria Lopez-Dauenhauer
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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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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 315-4629
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.mariaforschools.com
Town Where You Live Bend, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons Account Management, Sales, World-Wide Commodity Manager
County Deschutes
Term 4 years
I believe it's critically important to address the disparities and improve the standards for academic achievement, and this can only be done in a meaningful way by first evaluating the historical academic data, setting performance standards, and accurately measuring results. As the question correctly observes, school districts have been struggling with performance issues and student achievement long before COVID, and it's important for educators and board members to consider all the facts to assess the reasons for this.

Since COVID and the lost year of in-school learning really magnified the issues for so many parents, let me apply a medical metaphor for the education system: We can't prescribe any proper cures without fully examining the patient and correctly diagnosing the problems.
Since increasing both the voice and participation of parents in education is a central theme to my campaign, I'm thrilled that you ask this question.

I firmly believe that parents need to be actively aware of and involved in the education of their children. Parents are busy but they also care deeply about the future of their children, so it's about creating a stronger partnership between educators and teachers through transparency, accountability and communications. In many private schools we see a higher level of parental engagement, not just because of financial advantages, but because parents expect more and the schools are obliged to keep them happy. Public schools should be no different in their goals for delivering excellence and satisfaction to both students and their parents. This is the first step in building parental involvement and increasing confidence in schools.
This is always an important question for parents as they consider their options, and the pandemic has really created a situation the requires more informed decisions. Until reviewing the financials, I'm not yet convinced that it's a matter of increasing budgets but certainly defining spending priorities. As COVID and the year-long lockdowns have revealed, parents have choices. There are many school districts reportedly seeing a sharp drop of enrollment due to bad decisions that have been made during the pandemic and long before it. Parents have had enough. On the other hand, since jobs have been lost and the economy strained, countless families have been forced to do more with less. I have heard from many parents about this, and also discussed these concerns with my fellow school board candidates. We are in agreement. As a board member, I would make sure that we are focusing on priorities that matter to parents which is something that ties back to the prior question and my answer.
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