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Administrative School District 1 Zone 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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    Wendy Imel
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    Marcus LeGrand
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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?

Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://wendyforschools.com
Town Where You Live Bend
Your Experience/Qualificatons Having spent the majority of my professional life as a college professor, I value the importance of education and understand the absolute need for consistent access to educational opportunities for our youth. I'm also a manager in the medical field and bring people and financial management skills to the table. My extensive academic experience and commitment to education make me a very qualified candidate. However, what makes me the right candidate is my role as a mother of two boys in BLSD.
County Deschutes County
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.

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 moms and dads 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're focusing on priorities that matter to parents—which is something that ties back to the prior question and my answe
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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 608-8055
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.marcusforschools.com/
Town Where You Live Bend, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons I have worked in education for over 11 years in many capacities; counseling, academics, academic advising, coaching, and as a college administrator. This requires me to work closely with academics, administrative offices, school deans, directors, industry leaders, and community organizations. The focus is on providing students with the best educational experience and giving them the opportunity to build agency and resilience.
County Deschutes
Term 4-Years
In order to address the increasing disparities my plan is to use the following guidelines:

Promoting academic success for all students by supporting students’ resilience and ability to overcome barriers with an open approach that is flexible to meet their ever changing needs.

Creating more welcoming and equitable classrooms that ensure all students feel supported and are able to thrive. Developing an open dialogue with stakeholders to improve policy and procedures that are inclusive and collaborative to serve the needs of the community.
I will collaborate with the district, school administrators, and teachers to establish a communication portal and tool kit geared toward understanding their shared role in responding to parental concerns. To increase communication, I will help school leaders communicate and customize communication templates, including letters and notifications to families, talking points, and a press release to use with the media, and other tools aligned to the scenarios presented above.

Working together in this way, every family has an opportunity to engage in the planning process and will have an ongoing responsibility to help every student achieve their full potential.
The impact has been substantial and many districts are scrambling to understand how they are going to reopen without adequate funding. As a current budget committee member for Bend-La Pine, we will meet this challenge by developing a strategic plan to engage with local industry leaders and our state government. It is imperative to be transparent with the community so they understand how they can support the education of our students.
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