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Redmond School District 2J 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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    Jill Cummings
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    Lavon Medlock
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    Ron Osmundson
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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?

Town Where You Live Redmond, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Eighteen years in the local banking industry. Parent of two district students, firsthand account of the entire k-12 experience. Advisory Board Member for Rimrock Trails Treatment Services; Junior Achievement of Central Oregon Student Instructor; FAN Supporter; Redmond Executive Association member; Wake the World Volunteer; Past Redmond Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Member; Past Redmond Athletics Committee co-chair; Cascade Business News 2019 Accomplished Under 40 Recipient.
County Deschutes
Term 4 years
It is imperative that we identify the disparities. Firstly, we do this by assessing the learning loss of all our students. Our schools have student assessment tools available to effectively evaluate our students. The assessments should be utilized to create a purposeful plan to address each students’ opportunities. I support additional instructors to accomplish this effort. I advocate for students to attend and engage with summer learning and activities through the Redmond School District. We need to consistently and actively engage our teachers to better understand the challenges they face in their classrooms and offer support to breakdown the barriers. We need a clear strategy to improve the student experience for all students, with a focus on narrowing the inequality gaps, holding to equally rigorous standards for all classrooms, empowering and investing in our teachers, and demand academic integrity.
The role that family plays in our students’ success is vital. As a district, we should prioritize engagement and communication with our families, community and stakeholders. We need to actively reach out, connecting with parents and families on issues, challenges and opportunities facing our youth and district. We should seek feedback to improve and strengthen communication channels and messaging substance. There are decisions made at the Federal, State and local level, as such, clearly communicating with families and stakeholders would promote district transparency and long-term success.
The Redmond School District is down over 400 students. As an eighteen-year banker, I know this will wreak havoc on the budget. As an average, this is over $3.5 million dollars annualized. I am focused on bringing kids back to the Redmond School District! We need to locate the students who are no longer enrolled and identify why they are no longer enrolled in the RSD. Once we’ve identified the barriers for enrollment, we need to come together as a board and district to break-down the barriers. In addition, our district expected $5.3 million in Student Investment Account funds and actually received $1.8 million; this is a 68% reduction. These funds have specified use parameters; to be used for students’ mental and behavior needs, increase academic achievement for students and reduce academic disparities. I support hiring additional instructors, summer learning and reducing class sizes. There is good news; the District received federal grant dollars to support COVID related expenses.
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Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.lavonforschools.com/
Town Where You Live Redmond, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons Professional experience Health care administrator, St. Charles Health Care System, 2014 - present Small business owner, Face to Face Day Spa, Bend Oregon 2005 - 2012 Director, Talent Development, Advisory Board Company 2000 -2005 Volunteer experience Redmond School District Equity Task Force, 2020 - present REACH! board member, 2019 – present Start Here! Preschool board member, 2010 - 2014 Education OHSU, Healthcare Management (expected June 2021) UNC at Chapel Hill, Bachelors of Science
County Deschutes
Term 2021-2025
As a board member, I would reach out to the experts – our educators – and learn about their ideas for addressing disparities in academic achievement. On a smaller scale, this is what teachers, especially at the elementary school level, face every Fall when return to school comes with the loss of learning that normally occurs over the summer. Without a good understanding of the scale of the issue, it is difficult to create a strategy so my role would be to understand the size of the problem, pull in experts to provide their recommendations on how we narrow the gap, and then consider resources available at all levels to help bring that vision to life. It is important to understand that the needs may vary within the district and that we cannot take a one size fits all approach to this issue. I would also seek ways to involve parents and caregivers in their children’s education as that is a key indicator of academic achievement.
Improving communication between the district and parents is a first step. As a parent of two children in the district it is difficult to find information as simple as student grades. In order to engage parents, we need to ensure that information is streamlined, clear, easy to access and translated for non-native English speakers. Additionally, we need to restore parent-teacher conferences and regular opportunities for parents to interact with their children’s educators. Schools could consider defining criteria for when a parent conference is required based on a student’s academic performance or behavior. Such an algorithm would take the guess work out of the equation for the teacher and standardize communication flow with parents.
As families have selected full time online learning, the enrollment for students has decreased. While this presents a potential budgetary issue in the coming years, in the short term, the lower student to teacher ratio may help children who are struggling academically gain ground. As students have positive experiences in a safe school setting, the district can feature ways in which return to school favors families. My belief is that most parents want their children back in school; it is up to the district to earn that trust and demonstrate positive gains via performance and student stories. It will also be important that school districts monitor state and federal funding that may become available via the CARES act or other funding sources.
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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 516-0082
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.RonOsmundson.com
YouTube Video (leave blank if not applicable) http://youtu.be/VSV0tIX2EDQ
Town Where You Live Redmond
Your Experience/Qualificatons Occupational: 15 years of educational background (teacher's aide, Special Education para-professional, and coach) and childcare provider (2 years). Current Governmental Experience: City of Redmond Planning Commissioner (appointed, term 2020 - 2024), Board Member - Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (appointed, term 2020 - 2021), City of Redmond Budget Committee (term 2020 - 2023), former City of Redmond Housing and Community Development, Vice-Chair
Twitter @RonOsmundson
The State of Oregon has been falling behind on creating a balanced academic standard for its students. Utilizing state standardized testing does not tell the district if the student is learning what they are being taught in the classroom. Each school district should set its own goals, develop and utilize a district-wide standardized testing model rather than using the state's testing system. As a school board director, I will work with the district’s academic testing department to develop a comprehensive standardized test to calculate how far behind the students are and create a personalized learning schematic for each student. It will give the school district a unique opportunity on how their students are performing. Our goal should be focused on students graduating school and learning life skills to make them successful as an adult.
Parents should be very involved in every step of the student’s path to success. During the pandemic, we saw students struggling, getting angry at failing, even leading to depression. These were typically the students who had above-average grades who were not understanding a change in their academic environment. When parents got involved in their learning, it opened up a new environment where they felt comfortable. It created an equal balance between the teacher and the students. Teachers and schools should always promote a healthy functional parental involvement with their students.
Many school districts have taken a hit on their budget during the pandemic. The Redmond School District’s funding consists of state formula revenue and local sources such as property taxes. With the passing of the Redmond School District Bond last November, capital improvements have been taking place. It should lift the burden off maintenance and repairs that were put on hold before the pandemic. Spending priorities of the district should be shifted to consumable supplies and materials such as PPE to protect our children from any further outbreaks when they return to school. The District should consider increasing contingency funding if a fourth wave of the pandemic hits the United States and schools are closed down again. We should focus on conservative spending with the budget and focus on priorities that will protect our students upon return to the classroom. The Board of Directors should take a closer look at the budget regularly and create a stable, flexible plan.
El estado de Oregon se ha estado quedando atrás en la creación de un estándar académico equilibrado para sus estudiantes. La utilización de pruebas estandarizadas del estado no le dice al distrito si el estudiante está aprendiendo lo que se le está enseñando en el salón de clases. Cada distrito escolar debe establecer sus propias metas, desarrollar y utilizar un modelo de evaluación estandarizado en todo el distrito en lugar de utilizar el sistema de evaluación del estado. Como director de la junta escolar, trabajaré con el departamento de pruebas académicas del distrito para desarrollar una prueba estandarizada integral para calcular qué tan atrasados ​​están los estudiantes y crear un esquema de aprendizaje personalizado para cada estudiante. Le dará al distrito escolar una oportunidad única sobre el desempeño de sus estudiantes. Nuestro objetivo debe centrarse en que los estudiantes se gradúen de la escuela y aprendan habilidades para la vida para que tengan éxito como adultos.
Los padres deben estar muy involucrados en cada paso del camino hacia el éxito del estudiante. Durante la pandemia, vimos a los estudiantes luchando, enojándose por fallar, incluso llevándolos a la depresión. Por lo general, estos eran estudiantes que tenían calificaciones por encima del promedio que no estaban comprendiendo un cambio en su entorno académico. Cuando los padres se involucraron en su aprendizaje, se abrió un nuevo entorno en el que se sentían cómodos. Creó un equilibrio equitativo entre el maestro y los estudiantes. Los maestros y las escuelas siempre deben promover una participación saludable y funcional de los padres con sus estudiantes.
Muchos distritos escolares han afectado su presupuesto durante la pandemia. Los fondos del Distrito Escolar de Redmond consisten en ingresos provenientes de fórmulas estatales y fuentes locales como impuestos a la propiedad. Con la aprobación del Bono del Distrito Escolar de Redmond en noviembre pasado, se han realizado mejoras capitales. Debería eliminar la carga del mantenimiento y las reparaciones que se suspendieron antes de la pandemia. Las prioridades de gasto del distrito deben cambiarse a suministros y materiales consumibles como PPE para proteger a nuestros niños de cualquier otro brote cuando regresen a la escuela. El Distrito debería considerar aumentar los fondos de contingencia si una cuarta ola de la pandemia golpea a los Estados Unidos y las escuelas se cierran nuevamente. Debemos enfocarnos en gastos conservadores con el presupuesto y enfocarnos en prioridades que protegerán a nuestros estudiantes cuando regresen al salón de clases.