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Phoenix/Talent School District 4 Position 6 Zone 2

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 Campbell
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  • Garry Gatti
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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) 660-1906
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.mcampbell.org
Town Where You Live Medford
Your Experience/Qualificatons Phoenix-Talent School Board, Vice-Chair (appointed, March 2020-present); Medford School Board, Vice-Chair (elected), July 2015-June 2018)
County Jackson
Term 4 years
Phoenix-Talent has done incredibly well to close the achievement gap, with economically disadvantaged and Hispanic/Latino populations graduating at a slightly higher percentage general population last year(94%, 94%, and 93%, respectively). Nonetheless, we are all concerned about the traumatic impacts of Covid and the Almeda fire on our students, especially our most vulnerable.

It's crucial that we not allow our past successes in Phoenix-Talent to blind us from meeting today's urgent needs. First, I will continue advocating for more data on how our students are doing, as graduation is only one indicator. I'd like to see regular updates on student achievement at every board meeting. From there, we need to ensure we're allocating appropriate resources to meet our students' specific needs, whether it's additional staff support, mental-health supports, or other interventions. Finally, we must continue passing policies that codify a commitment to student success for generations to come.
Our core mission is to educate children, but no student can learn, and no parent can adequately assist in their student's learning without basic needs like food, shelter, and stability. Covid severely impacted our families, and the fires made it worse by displacing a significant portion of our student population. Since September, I have participated in several housing task forces dedicated to emergency, transitional, and long-term housing efforts. I will do whatever it takes to represent the district's efforts to get our families home as quickly as possible.

Additionally, we must continue to make the educational process highly accessible to ALL families. I'm proud of the outreach our district staff has made to be a trusted resource for families through the perils of this past year, and I'm proud of our board's effort to make the governance process more accessible, such as providing Spanish language translation and interpretation for our board meetings.
Meeting financial challenges starts first and foremost with funding stability, and both Covid and the Almeda fire pose a considerable threat to our budget. One of the benefits of being an experienced board member is understanding where I can yield influence and advocate for our district, especially by leveraging the relationships I've built with our State Representatives. Thankfully our elected leaders in the State have listened, and it looks like Phoenix-Talent will be on stable footing for at least the next few years. Funding stability will help us continue to invest in mental health support, dropout prevention, technology resources, and support and training for teachers and staff in providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Also, we must continue providing robust program offerings for students to keep them engaged in school and provide plenty of options for how instruction is delivered (whether online or in-person).
Phoenix-Talent ha hecho increíblemente bien para cerrar la brecha de rendimiento, con poblaciones económicamente desfavorecidas e hispanas / latinas que se graduaron en un porcentaje ligeramente más alto de la población general el año pasado.

Es fundamental que no permitamos que nuestros éxitos pasados ​​nos impidan satisfacer las necesidades urgentes de hoy. Primero, continuaré abogando por más datos sobre cómo les está yendo a nuestros estudiantes, ya que la graduación es solo un indicador. Me gustaría ver actualizaciones periódicas sobre el rendimiento de los estudiantes en cada reunión de la junta. A partir de ahí, debemos asegurarnos de que estamos asignando los recursos adecuados para satisfacer las necesidades específicas de nuestros estudiantes, ya sea apoyo adicional del personal, apoyos de salud mental u otras intervenciones. Finalmente, debemos continuar aprobando políticas que codifiquen un compromiso con el éxito de los estudiantes para las generaciones venideras.
Nuestra misión principal es educar a los niños, pero ningún estudiante puede aprender y ningún padre puede ayudar adecuadamente en el aprendizaje de su estudiante sin las necesidades básicas como comida, refugio y estabilidad. Covid afectó gravemente a nuestras familias y los incendios lo agravaron al desplazar a una parte importante de nuestra población estudiantil. Desde septiembre, he participado en varios grupos de trabajo de vivienda dedicados a esfuerzos de vivienda de emergencia, de transición y de largo plazo. Haré lo que sea necesario para representar los esfuerzos del distrito para que nuestras familias regresen a casa lo más rápido posible.

Además, debemos continuar haciendo que el proceso educativo sea altamente accesible para TODAS las familias.
Hacer frente a los desafíos financieros comienza ante todo con la estabilidad de la financiación, y tanto Covid como el incendio de Almeda representan una amenaza considerable para nuestro presupuesto. Uno de los beneficios de ser un miembro de la junta con experiencia es comprender dónde puedo ejercer influencia y defender a nuestro distrito, especialmente al aprovechar las relaciones que he construido con nuestros representantes estatales. Afortunadamente, nuestros líderes electos en el estado han escuchado, y parece que Phoenix-Talent estará sobre una base estable durante al menos los próximos años. La estabilidad de los fondos nos ayudará a seguir invirtiendo en apoyo a la salud mental, prevención de la deserción, recursos tecnológicos y apoyo y capacitación para maestros y personal para brindar un entorno de aprendizaje equitativo e inclusivo.
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