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Corvallis School District 509J Director 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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  • Richard W Arnold
    (N)

  • Luhui Whitebear
    (N)

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://richarnoldfororegon.com/
Town Where You Live Corvallis Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Current Member, former Chair of Corvallis School District Bond Oversight Committee Former member of Corvallis School District Budget Committee Current Member City of Corvallis Budget Committee
County Benton County, OR
Term 4 years
It has been my stated position that I believe when students return to full in person learning the gaps that existed prior to the pandemic will have actually increased. Studies indicate that when children return to full in person learning they will return achieving only 70% of the learning gains in reading and 50% of the learning gains in math compared to what their gains would have been during a normal school year. Any strategies that the district considers should include a combination of increased learning time by extending the school day dedicated attention to students by employing more educational assistants, and compressing or reducing current curriculum. The driver on most of these options will be dependent upon the amount of additional financial support the State of Oregon wishes to provide. Extending the school day would require additional investment from the State of Oregon, however the last two options could be accomplished by accessing the district financial reserves.
During the course of this academic year I have been called upon by the district, more than any time previously, to become my child’s learning coach at home. This has given me an even greater appreciation of how important parental involvement should be. If elected to the board I would advocate for district sponsored training workshops to be offered to parents to help teach parents how to promote a learning environment at home, to teach parents how to watch for signs their student’s may be struggling and how to teach their children to set academic goals. These classes would provide a greater understanding to parents and would allow them to connect with their children’s teachers in a meaningful way. Creating these parent/teacher connections are key in building a learning environment for the students where the students feel supported both at home and at school.
The greatest single impact will be when students return for in person schooling. There will be an increased emphasis and cost on sanitizing equipment, PPE and licensing for applications to monitor student’s well- being. The next greatest impact will be the focusing on resources on those students whose learning was most negatively impacted, and for those students who identify with groups demonstrating the greatest achievement gaps. The district already has a number of systems in place to help provide greater opportunities to our students, the challenge will be that these supports will be called upon to support an even greater number students than they have in the past. Additional financial resources will be needed to expand those programs, and oversight will be needed to ensure the additional resources are having the intended effect.
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