Centennial School District At-large Position 7
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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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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Parent of three in the Centennial District. Legal training and background in juvenile justice. Elected precinct committee person for two terms, General Council Delegate for SEIU Local 503.
The challenges to students during this pandemic will be being studied for decades to come. Our biggest obstacle is going to be getting past the analysis paralysis that always seems to plague our schools and the success of our students. I plan on working with local elected officials, a dialogue that I have already begun with Gresham City Councilman Eddy Morales, as well as HD 50 Representative Ricki Ruiz, who has endorsed me, to take advantage of the 2 billion dollars in Covid relief funds for Oregon and create pathways to get the kids that have been left behind back on track, and get help to families that have relied on their children to help get them through these times, the support they need, so kids can return to school. This will require out of the box thinking, compassionate discourse, listening to what students and families needs, not what we THINK they need, and being bold in getting them that support, to bring kids back to the classroom safely.
I think this pandemic has shown what families are truly capable of, when the chips are down. While the bulk of my focus will be on getting students back who have slipped through the cracks, an equal measure of focus will need to be spent on how to continue to support kids who have thrived during this distance learning experience. We have an opportunity to change the relationship between schools and families. This will require unique approaches to learning, creative solutions to learning barriers, and a dedication by all, to not returning to the status quo. We must embrace this challenge and envision a brighter, stronger vision for our kids and their families, going forward. This will mean an active, dedicated plan to keep parents engaged as much as they have been over the last year, once our kids return to in-person learning. Engaging in the community and with families directly will be the key to building stronger school/family alliances
School budgets are devastated. That is not hyperbole. The way schools are funded in Oregon is unique. This uniqueness presents more than its fair share of unique challenges. We MUST embrace a new way of teaching our kids and this means embracing the new distance learning skills that teachers and students have been forced to adopt. A great deal of expense can be mitigated with hybrid learning. However, this will require that we embrace change, a skillset most folks are not especially great at. If we can show how well kids who thrived during distance learning can continue to thrive with that support, while focusing on kids who have not with in person learning, and target resources in that manner, I think we can come up with some creative ways to bear the burden of even greater budget shortfalls than we normally deal with. Also, this pandemic and the struggles it has brought has now forced us to address the school funding issue head on. We simply cannot continue as we have been.
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