Mt. Hood Community College Zone 4
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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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?
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4 years as trustee at MHCC; 3 years on the Oregon Community College Board; 18 years as a David Douglas School District board member; 7 years on the Oregon School Board Association board; 16 years working as a Government Affairs & Public Policy Specialist; former student at MHCC
Much of this is governed by the contracts with our bargaining units. Our human resources departmentt and administration communicate with the board as enrollment and other matters affect staffing. The college conducts employee evaluations and surveys students, also.
We are aware that student success at every level of our education system is often determined by race and zip code. This must change. We are beginning by analyzing the data on student success, and have realized we need it broken down further. We are also educating our entire college, starting with the board, on cultural competence, bias and Critical Race Theory. The data and student feedback shows who exactly needs a different approach to be successful. We will make the culture change and take the other necessary steps so that all students know they are welcomed, safe, and respected - so that every student can be successful.
1. Right now there is a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would put in place a "Navigator" position at our community colleges, to assist students in navigating the maze of assistance programs that they may/may not qualify for. 2. Many colleges have asked faculty to put basic need referral information on their class syllabus. 3. At MHCC we have a student "hub" which is a one-stop shop for enrollment, programs, financial aid and other assistance such as SNAP. 4. Colleges should have on campus food banks to help with immediate hunger needs. 5. I strongly recommend that every college foundation have an emergency fund for students that is easy to access. This fund can help with an electric bill, a monthly rent shortfall, an unexpected car repair... those needs that happen and be a breaking point for a student. and cause them to drop out. 6. The Oregon legislature needs to dramatically increase funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, which is need based.
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