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Corvallis School District 509J Director Position 1

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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    Sami Al-Abdrabbuh
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  • Bryce L Cleary
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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?

Campaign Phone (public) (541) 283-6611
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://votesami.com
Town Where You Live Corvallis, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Experience: Corvallis School Board Chair; Corvallis School Board Vice-Chair; Fair Dismissals Appeals Board member (appointed by the Governor); Corvallis Multicultural Literacy center President; Oregon school board members of color caucus President; Oregon School Board Association board member; Qualifications: PhD & MS Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University. Four years of experienced in leading Governmental and non-profit governing boards. Emergency management researcher
Twitter @samiOregon
County Benton County
Term 2nd term
We are currently implementing the following strategies to address disparities in student achievement: Monitoring students’ reading progress, provide assessment and interventions to help students read at grade level by 3rd grade, complete Algebra I by 9th grade, be on track to graduate in 12th grade, and support all students to graduate with a post-secondary plan. We are also increasing students' voice and implementing equity investments to close the opportunity gap. I am in support of increasing recruitment and retention of racially and culturally diverse staff, and support the multi-tiered mental health system in school buildings.
In the past year we have increased parent involvement in the decision-making in schools on many levels and layers. Parents are more involved and engaged with the school board than ever with more than four times as many attending board meetings, an equity design team for our buildings, and opportuniies to provide input and recommendations to the superintendent task force. We also formed a bond oversight committee as well. We are increasing parent involvement in decision-making about how to support their children's education during the transition to in-person learning. I am intending to provide increased opportunities for parents to be engaged in the policy development and budget oversight process as well.
The pandemic has shown that students will need help and support on many layers: spending priorities should help students with their basic needs first and should help those who have been most impacted by the pandemic. We have been implementing an equity lens and passed budget priorities that are consistent with our focus on equity. I intend to meet the challenges by continuing to advocate for full funding of the general school fund, student success act, and the allocation of the federal relief funds where they are needed most. We are also partnering with the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation to double our summer programs and provide credit recovery opportunities.
We are currently implementing the following strategies to address disparities in student achievement: Monitoring student reading progress and providing assessment and interventions to help students read at grade level by 3rd grade, complete Algebra I by 9th grade and be on track to graduate in 12th grade; and supporting all students to graduate with a post-secondary plan. We are also increasing students' voice and implementing equity investments to close the opportunity gap. I am in support of increasing recruitment and retention of racially and culturally diverse staff, and support the multi-tiered mental health system in school buildings.
In the past year, we have increased parent involvement in the decision-making in schools on many levels and layers. Parents are more involved and engaged with the school board than ever with more than four times as many attending board meetings, the equity design team for our buildings, and opportunities to provide input and recommendations to the superintendent task force. We also formed a bond oversight committee as well. We are increasing parent involvement in decision-making regarding identifying about how to support their children's education during the transition to in-person learning. I am intending to provide increased opportunities for parents to be engaged in the budget development process as well.
The pandemic has shown that students will need help and support on many layers: spending priorities should help students with their basic needs first and should help those most impacted by the pandemic. We have been implementing an equity lens and passed budget priorities that are consistent with our focus on equity. I intend to meet the challenges by continuing to advocate for full funding of the general school fund, student success act, and the allocation of the federal relief funds where they are needed most. We are also partnering with the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation to double our summer programs and provide credit recovery opportunities.

Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://clearyforcorvallis.com
Town Where You Live CORVALLIS
Your Experience/Qualificatons Family Physician for 28 year. Youth Sports coach for many years. Volunteer teacher (Uganda) Volunteer physician (Ghana) Volunteer team physician (many years, different schools) Volunteer Community Outreach physician.
County Benton
Term 4 years
There is no doubt that the loss of in person instruction has been most devastating to underserved communities. Unfortunately, our current school board was not proactive and has been slow to return to in-person instruction. I believe that the best way to catch all students up is to refocus on basic reading, math, and language arts skills. Accurate assessment of reading and math skills should be immediately undertaken for each student. We need to rethink how time in the classroom is spent, and make sure that when the students are in class, they are learning the basic skills needed. We need to think out of the box and possibly reduce elective time and dedicate those teachers and resources to help recover from this time lost. Most importantly, we need to make sure that children that are struggling get the attention that they need and children who are doing well continue to be pushed to excel. We cannot afford to let any child lose out on an excellent education.
One of the many issues that I would like to address as a board member is parental rights. Far too often, our parents have been left out of the decision making process by the board and unable to make personal decisions regarding their students education due to a lack of transparency. Classrooms in which controversial issues such as sexuality must provide detailed content for parents to review prior to the material being presented so that a parent may "opt out" of the class without penalty or fear of stigma. Religious and cultural backgrounds must be respected and honored. A public school must not be a place where a parent has to fear indoctrination of their child. Reducing the number of hard core political activists on our school board would be a good place to start.
The school board needs to start by collaborating with teachers, staff, and administrators. The people closest to the day to day workings of the school are the best resource to learn where to cost shift. If I am elected to the school board, I would find ways to gather imput from all parties involved; students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators. When stakeholders are involved, creative solutions to problems can be found.
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