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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There are a few critical strategies that school boards should consider to address learning loss and academic disparities in achievement. All students should be exposed to a rigorous, equitable, accessible, and relevant learning experience.
I am proud that our Lake Oswego schools have prioritized social-emotional learning and mental health in re-opening. Schools must be intentional to create a trauma-informed approach by building effective, long-lasting relationships with students, creating safe and inclusive systems and structures to help students get readjusted, and providing spaces for students and adults to heal.
The Lake Oswego schools started to use an assessment tool called iReady to better understand the extent of learning loss experienced by students. For the first time, the district has data at a student level that reveals disparities and gaps. They will use this information to offer personalized and differentiated instruction that supports student growth moving forward
Since March 2020, many parents and extended family members have had to become more involved than ever before in their child’s learning. Even prior to the pandemic, family involvement was a critical factor in student success.
Lake Oswego's top strategic priority is to build a culture of belonging. A key tactic to achieve that culture is to increase family voice to make sure all voices are hear. We must build back a resilient community. Some strategies that I support at the school level include
-Creating student peer mentoring programs
-Creating affinity groups to bolster parent participation and partnerships
-Supporting equity teams to serve as ambassadors of belonging
-Support parent and booster club alignment with the district's mission, vision, values and priorities
In addition, we have an opportunity to increase parent involvement and engagement in the school board, district, and school committees in a manner that ensures diverse representation.
The pandemic has resulted in less funding than originally anticipated coming to the Lake Oswego schools due to state budget reductions, a slight decrease in enrollment, and other factors. Other budget sources have remained stable, such as the local levy and bond funding, and a small amount of additional funding has come in through federal COVID-19 relief funding. Although our superintendent has stated the school district's intention to have a full-time, in-person school schedule this fall, there are some unknowns, such as how many students will elect to stay in distance learning and whether enrollment numbers will bounce back to pre-pandemic levels. The school district will begin convening the legal budget committee from April to May, which will review the proposed budget, listen to comments from citizens, and approve the budget. It remains to be seen whether there will be any further state or federal funding to assist with school reopening, which would be extremely helpful.
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