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Reynolds School District 7 Position 3

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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    Michael Reyes
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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?

Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.reyesforreynolds.com
Town Where You Live Troutdale
Your Experience/Qualificatons 11 years in education settings 6 years in philanthropy supporting community-led advocacy efforts 1 year working at ODE leading the Latino/a/x Student Success Plan 10 years serving on non-profit boards Parent of Reynolds SD student
County Multnomah
Term 1st
We need to invest in curricular strategies centered in equity, support trauma-informed mental health and behavioral health, and deep community and family engagement. The Reynolds School Board is already committed to expanding mental health and culturally responsive curricula which I feel are the needed approaches to ensure the gaps do not widen further, particularly for students of color.

The return to in-person instruction will not be an easy transition for students, teachers, and families, and it’s important we work to anticipate challenges. Students who have only known their existing classmates via online classrooms will now have to adapt to being around other children again. This means we must reexamine student discipline policies which might penalize students having a difficult time transitioning.
We need on-going, multilingual, and culturally appropriate engagement with our district’s families. This means, sharing information digitally, through mail, phone calls, and hosting community meetings. This also means we need to ensure language access is provided at every meeting. When discussing heavier issues such as budgeting or curriculum, it’s important we provide context and education so our community understands the process so they can provide more meaningful feedback. For me personally, I think accessible materials (background primers, infographics, short presentations or videos) could be helpful since it can be so confusing, and these could be reused or adapted for future community meetings.
The projected impact to budgets was thankfully not as dire as predicted, though school districts and state agencies were still forced to make some cuts across the board. However, funding sources like the Student Success Act are dependent on corporate tax revenue and the effects of those cuts might be felt in the next year or so. We need to ensure we plan ahead by protecting our most important programs and staff and maintaining investments in equity.

As a district, it is important we center our funding decisions on ensuring the best educational experience for our students. We must always refer to our values and budget priorities when determining any difficult fiscal decisions which need to be made. Finally, it’s important we listen to and engage with our community. We will earn the trust of our families and community partners when they are part of the conversations around budgeting.
Tenemos que invertir en estrategias educativas centradas en equidad, apoyo, salud mental en relación a trauma, salud en comportamiento y establecer relaciones fuertes e involucración familiar. La mesa directiva de Reynolds ya está comprometida a expandir recursos sobre la salud mental y currícula cultural responsiva. Lo cual creo son acciones necesarias para asegurar que las brechas no crezcan mas especialmente para nuestros estudiantes de color.

El regreso a la instruction en persona no va a ser una transición fácil para estudiantes, maestro/as y familias y es importante que trabajemos para anticipar los obstáculos que vienen. Estudiantes que solo se conocen a través de sus salones en línea ahora tienen que acostumbrarse a estar alrededor de otros niños/as otra vez. Esto significa que tenemos que examinar de nuevo reglas disciplinarias que potencialmente puedan penalizar a estudiantes que están batallando con la transición al salón en persona.
Necesitamos participación regular con las familias del distrito que sean en su lengua y culturalmente apropiadas. Esto significa compartiendo información digitalmente, por correo normal, llamadas telefónicas, y juntas comunitarias. Esto también significa que tenemos que asegurar que hay traduccion de lenguaje disponible en cada junta. Cuando estamos discutiendo temas más fuertes en torno a fondos o cambios al currículo es importante que se explique el contexto e información para que la comunidad pueda entender el proceso y de esta manera puedan dar su opinión verdadera. Personalmente creo que tener materiales accesibles como presentaciones cortas, videos e información breve en papel sobre el tema. Pienso que ayudaría mucho el tener estos materiales disponibles porque algunos temas pueden causar confusión y estos pueden ser reusados o adaptados para futuras juntas.
Los pronosticados impactos al presupuesto que se predican no fueron tan malos como se temían aunque distritos escolares y agencias estatales se vieron obligados a hacer cortos a través de sus organizaciones. Sin embargo, fuentes de fondos cómo el Acto del Exito Estudiantil que dependen de impuestos de ganancias empresarias pueden aún sentir el impacto de los cortos en el próximo año. Necesitamos planear para el futuro para proteger a los programas y facultad de prioridad Aun manteniendo nuestro compromiso en la inversión a la equidad.

Como distrito es importante que las decisiones que se toman en relación a fondos tengan en mente la mejor experiencia educativa para nuestros estudiantes. Siempre tenemos que pensar en nuestros valores y prioridades de presupuesto cuando se tienen que tomar decisiones fiscales difíciles. En fin, es de la más grande importancia escuchar y participar con nuestra comunidad. Vamos a ganarnos la confianza de nuestras familias y socios comunitarios cuando