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Portland School District Zone 5

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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    Gary Hollands

  • Daniel Rodgers

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?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 984-4929
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.garyhollands.com/
Town Where You Live Portland, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Occupation: Non-profit Executive Director, Albina Sports Program; small business owner. Occupational Background: Coach, Benson High School Track Team; Founder, Interstate Trucking Academy. Educational Background: Irvington Elementary School, Whitaker Middle School, Benson High School, Fort Valley State University, Portland State University. Prior Governmental Experience: Multnomah Education Service District Board Member, City of Portland Economic Development Policy
County Multnomah
Term 7/2021
It has to be a long term strategy starting with 1st - 5th grade. We need to make sure we give the kids the foundation they need to succeed through their educational career and then continually build on that foundation. The foundation needs to start with strong reading, math, writing, arts, sports, and social skills.

One of the ways I plan to help with this is by developing programs at schools that help those who are struggling. The main program I want to boost throughout PPS is the reading program for children K-3rd grade.
I believe great qualities of a PPS board member are: the ability to listen, to learn, to process information, and be willing to collaborate with each other to make educated and informed decisions. I also feel that my lived experience is important, and underrepresented currently on the board.

I have great working relationships with my colleagues now, and I plan on having great relationships with all school board members, should I be elected. When elected I will continue to make the kids a priority, and remind other PPS Board members that the kids should be the main focus and top priority. I think we need to get the parents more involved, but we also need to listen to them on what their needs are.
We are in unprecedented time with COVID-19, a racial justice uprising, and all around uncertainty. I feel we need to evaluate and assess where we are at as a district, what the numbers look like for schools that have opened back up, and then prioritize what needs to be done. Once we have evaluated the numbers, we then need to enact policies that will support the priorities for safely reopening.

I will speak up to prioritize budget and policies around keeping our teachers, faculty, and students safe while we transition back into in-person learning. The most important thing in all of this is safety.
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