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Parkrose School District Position 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 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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    Sonja Mckenzie

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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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Town Where You Live Portland
Your Experience/Qualificatons Prior Governmental Experience: Parkrose School Board Member, Current; Oregon School Board Association, Members of Color Caucus; National School Board Action Center, Board Member; Dress for Success, Board Member; East Metro STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Partnership, Leadership Team
County Multnomah
Term 2nd
Our priority is to bring students back to in person learning in a safe environment for both students and educators. Also, it is important to consider the additional support for students that will be needed to address mental health issues that have impacted students this past year. Third, I support the practice for teachers to consider evaluating where their students are academically as they return to in person instruction and to develop plans to bridge these gaps. A budget priority I support is schools accessing the federal dollars that can be used to provide opportunities for enrichment, credit recovery, 5th term summer school etc.
Parkrose School District has done an excellent job first, by listening to the needs of their community and creating a network of connection, support /mentorship and resources for our students and their families. For example, because of our yearlong community engagement activities and listening sessions our district created a community liaison position at our elementary schools so that there was a bilingual district staff person that could support our bilingual families and students and answer questions and build community trust. At Parkrose we also have a culturally specific partnerships that support our teachers and staff to connect with our BIPOC families through mentorship, case management, community engagement and family support.
Parkrose made adjustments to their budget and allocations from the SSA (Student Success Act) in order to provide comprehensive distance learning for the 20-21 school, year. We continue to meet these challenges by prioritizing the needs of students, teachers and staff by providing safe, onsite hybrid and online instruction while also listening to parents and our community.
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