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Mt. Hood Community College Zone 1

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 in the district. Employees of the district are not eligible. ORS 341.326(2), 341.275(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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    Diane McKeel
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Community college enrollment fluctuates widely due to economic and other factors, requiring fluctuations in the pool of adjunct professors. How will you work with faculty unions and college administration to assure educational excellence is not impacted by changes in enrollment?

What initiatives would you take or support to improve graduation and transfer rates for low-income students and students of color?

A 2019 Hope Center Survey of approximately 8,100 Oregon community college students indicated a significant number of students experienced basic needs insecurity (41% were food insecure, 52% housing insecure, 20% homeless). What steps can community colleges take to help these students achieve their educational goals in the face of such challenges?

Las inscripciones en los colegios comunitarios fluctúan ampliamente por factores económicos y de otra índole, los cuales requieren también cambios en el grupo del profesorado adjunto. ¿Cómo trabajará usted con los sindicatos de docentes y con la administración de estos colegios para garantizar que la excelencia educativa no se vea afectada por los cambios en las inscripciones?

¿Qué iniciativas tomaría o apoyaría usted para mejorar los índices de graduación y transferencia para estudiantes de bajos ingresos y estudiantes de color?

Una encuesta del Centro Hope 2019 Hope Center Survey con aproximadamente 8100 estudiantes de colegios comunitarios de Oregón indicó que una gran cantidad de estudiantes sufrió inseguridad de sus necesidades básicas (41% de inseguridad en la alimentación, 52% de inseguridad en la vivienda, y 20% de indigencia). ¿Qué pueden hacer los colegios comunitarios para ayudar a este sector estudiantil a alcanzar sus objetivos educativos frente a tales dificultades?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 720-0704
Town Where You Live Gresham
Your Experience/Qualificatons Current Mt. Hood Community College Board Member, Former Multnomah County Commissioner, Former Executive Director West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Oxbow LLC family real estate development business
County Multnomah
Term 4 years
I would continue to work tirelessly, as I have in my previous 4 years on the board to increase state funding for community colleges. For several years the state legislature has not funded community colleges to keep pace with the cost realities of this important and essential part of higher education. The board has responsibility for oversight of the budget. In that role, it is important to assess the opportunities and the efficiencies that exist within the budget. Adoption of the budget is an open public process, so communication with stakeholders is certainly an integral and important consideration.
The College Foundation plays a significant role in supporting students by the numerous scholarships and support services they are able to offer. There is a Student Hub on campus that coordinates academic and resource services for students in one location. We have learned through the transition of all classes going online that some of our students don't have access to computers or the internet. This fact points out the importance of the needed availability of these basic resources for student success. The board's priorities are focused on the development of a campus wide equity lens and updating the strategic plan.
The Associated Student Government coordinates the food pantry on campus. They have formed partnerships with community organizations to help stock the pantry with much needed food including fresh produce. The Student Hub also provides community resources to the students that need help with housing needs. Establishing partnerships within the business and the broader community are important to addressing student success.
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