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Canby School District 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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    Sherry Smith
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    Mike Zagyva
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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?

Town Where You Live Canby
County Clackamas
Term 4 years
Each student is unique and success for one student is not the same as success for another student, both in the classroom and online. I believe we need to support all students and challenge them academically wherever they are. There has been a push in the past to have all students of all abilities in the classroom together and that is proven to be hurtful to the needs and success of students. I personally witnessed elementary students who were not getting the attention or support they needed because there were so many other students with behavior issues in the classroom. These students are just passed to the next grade and "swept under the rug." Grouping students together who are of the same ability academically allows them to learn, grow and be successful together. At the same time, not all students are college bound after high school. I think it is important to give students options and choices to help prepare them for whatever endeavor or path they choose beyond graduation.
Parent involvement is one of the main reasons why I am running for school board. It is vital that parents participate and be involved in the education of their kids. I will partner with parents to be their advocate and voice so that they can have a say in their child's education. I have personally been meeting with parents, having open houses and plan to survey parents more often to know what is important to them and their students. Many parents feel disenfranchised and don't think they are being heard because the teachers and unions are too powerful. Staff and administrators are not resolving issues brought to their attention. I will re-engage with parents and give them the opportunity to meet with me, voice concerns and tell me what they want their kids taught in school.
I think the impact of the pandemic has shown where the spending priorities are in relation to opening schools getting kids back into the classroom. States have received federal funding, teachers have gotten raises, bonds have been passed and yet, our schools are still not fully open despite science and supporting data that shows schools can and should be open. I support schools being open 5 full days a week, whether the preference is in-person or online learning.
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Town Where You Live Canby, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons US Marine Corps (Vietnam Veteran); Canby School District: (1974-2004) Teacher, Union President, Athletic Director, Middle and Elementary School Principal; Concordia University: Adjunct Professor (2004-07): Graduate and Undergraduate courses, supervised Student Teachers and Administrative Candidates; Oregon Army National Guard: (1974- 2005) Traditional Guardsman, Military Intelligence Officer; Oregon National Guard: (2006-2013) Intelligence Branch Chief and State Command Chief Warrant Officer
County Clackamas
Unfortunately when we do return to the classroom, hopefully in the fall, the disparities will most likely increase. Based on the students learning style and potential cultural differences. The Auditory learners, those who have to hear and repeat the information to process it and Kinetics learners, those who when processing information are constantly moving are at a distinct disadvantage when learning online. These types of students make up at least 30% of the population. Families without the expertise or technical knowledge of basic computer skills will be behind the curve. That being said, knowing educators the way I do I am confident they will access their students where they are and move forward. Granted it will easier at the elementary levels but at the high school there needs to be more thought and planning regarding the core classes.
Parent involvement in the elementary schools is rarely an issue. Where the outreach and emphasis needs to occur is at the middle and high school level. In the past each Canby school has had a Local School Committee made up of parents that met with administrators on a monthly basis. The sole purpose was for school improvement and open communication. That avenue of parent involvement needs to return to the district. In the 90's Ackerman initiated the first AIDS/STD Health curriculum which you can imagine how some parents may have reacted. We put together a comprehensive group of parents, youth ministers, staff, mental health professionals and patrons. The results and final curriculum were hailed as a success and reported as the process to use.
The vast majority of pandemic costs has come from the need for staff training to conduct online learning and to help convert the building to address all health contingencies and staff support. My short answer on spending priorities is whatever is most important that benefits students. Every financial decision made has to be able to answer one question, "How does this effect a student's ability to learn either in the classroom or online?" The budget committee in the past has not had a major role in the decision making. I would promote that change in the process therefore giving more parents an opportunity for input. I would also highly recommend that each Local School Committee’s help develop their building’s budget.

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