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Oregon City School District Position 6

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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    David Burkhardt
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    Rob Clamp
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    Mandi M Philpott
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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?

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Gladstone, OR 97027
Town Where You Live Oregon City, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons I own a small business with employees. To stay in business and provide a service and jobs, I need to be able to work with others and understand what it takes to be profitable and provide a valuable service. During my 27 years in the U.S. Army I started out as a Private First Class. Over the years I went from Enlisted to Officer and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. In the Army you are evaluated on performance, there is no room for politics and non-performance.
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County Clackamas
Term 2 years
As of this writing not all Oregon City School District (including my 14-year-old daughter) are not in traditional in-person school. In the global economy in which our kids will be eventually compete, every child in our school district today will leave school short-changed, essentially receiving one less year of education. In addition to the lost learning, our children are being harmed by being denied the social interaction found in school, sports, and other activities. Many student athletes who were depending on sports to showcase their talents in hope of college scholarships have been hurt as well. The adverse effects of not having in-person school are exacerbated for our most vulnerable students and our kids not learning social skills needed to succeed in a work environment. I believe that parents should have as many options available to them, private school, charters and a well ran public school system to choose from. Each child is uniquely different and need learning options
COVID has opened the eyes of many parents. They had a chance to see what is involved in the education of their kids while being at home and online. They also saw the negative mental impact on their children not being able to interact with friends and peers. Before COVID the kids would go off to school and come back home with some homework as a rule. Unless the child is not getting good grades, the parents have limited exposure to the education process for the most part. In our family we saw how much teaching of values and pollical ideology to my daughter that my wife and I do not share. Before COVID we were unaware what and how much is being taught that we do not agree with. Parents need to be the ones that teach family values and customs to their own children. It is the schools responsibly to teach the skills that are required for our kids to become a productive successful part of society. This is my reason I'm running for school board.
The loss of income for many has reduced money available for schools. I want to see a change on how the schools are funded. When we vote to increase money for school "ie" bonds, levies and through property tax, that money goes into Oregon State general fund. Once its in the general fund it become the property of the general fund. Many times is used for other projects rather than the schools. The state will put an "I Owe You" in the general fund for the schools and reason it was voted for.. Once the reason for the new money is lost in history, people will forget and move on with their life. That money then disappears in the black hole of the state. I want to see a separate, transparent managed fund for schools that is not part of the state general fund.
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Town Where You Live Oregon City, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons 20 years as a proven leader in the Military, Operations, Engineering & Logistics
County Clackamas
Term #6 2 Year
There will always be some form of disparities in academic achievement in school because every student learns differently. How schools adapt to this and think outside the box will reduce this issue, especially after the damage of being out of the classroom due to the pandemic. Educators and administrators need to think outside the box. Does the student read at or above their grade reading level but struggle with math? Reduce instructional time with class reading and focus on math studies in a separate area to catch students up. Does the student struggle with discipline, attention, and authority? Seek out the community for mentorship programs to give student role models to look up to and focus on learning without drastically increasing costs at the school level budget. Outside the box thinking and trying new things (even if they fail) is the only way we are going to ensure all students get a quality education.
Being a working parent myself and having many priorities it is sometimes difficult to get involved in school functions. Parents have to care about either children’s education and have the drive to get involved. No school district, administrator, or educator can do that for me or any parent. Parents have a responsibility in their child’s education and need to be involved. Schools need to provide as much information and opportunities to get involved as possible. Outreach from the schools is key! Give parents easy ways to access educators about school functions, events, curriculum, advice, or overall information about their child’s learning. The pandemic has helped greatly with virtual events. But for some parents that still crave in-person events, that will need to eventually come back. Finding new ways to get parents involved needs to be constantly brainstormed. Parent involvement in their children’s education will be the key to the success of all children.
I believe it is a necessity for the health, welfare, future of our students, teachers, parents, and the overall community that schools go back to a traditional setting of in-person learning in the fall of 2021. Schools are trying to figure out how to adapt to the new guidelines to keep everyone safe. There will need some increase in spending priority in the short term to get us back on track. The federal and state government has increased the money available to the school for short-term operations. Oregon City School District has a good handle of the changes for the short-term, however, like many school districts and organizations in Oregon understanding how to work long term without serious impacts on the budget is crucial. Following the guidance is essential to ensure we do not negatively impact school budgets. If there is no guidance from the CDC, OHA, or OED to do a particular task down the road (21-22 school yr), then schools do not need to budget for the additional tasks.
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Town Where You Live Oregon City, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Occupation: Attorney, Managing Partner. Occupational Background: Attorney, Mandi M. Philpott, Attorney at Law, LLC, (Oregon City); Co-Administrator, Juvenile Advocates of Clackamas; Prosecuting Attorney, Oregon City Municipal Court; Attorney, Hohbach Law Firm; Attorney, Metropolitan Public Defender, Inc. Educational Background: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Juris Doctorate, Law; University of California, Davis, B.S. Genetics; Paradise High School, Valedictorian
County Clackamas
Term 2 years
A significant first step in addressing the disparity which has been magnified by Covid will be attempting to assess the impact of Covid on individual students. Not all students and families have been equally impacted by Covid. For many, distance learning has equated to a significant lack of engagement in academics. On the other hand, some students and families have found distance learning to best suit them. Covid has reinforced that there is value in having varied approaches to learning. While some students may thrive in a certain academic environment, others may struggle. As we transition back to full-time, in-person learning maintaining an open approach to various teaching methods and techniques will be important. The catalysts for the disparity in academic achievement are many, employing strategies to make an individualized assessment of each student and identifying the causes of the disparity will be key to attempting to tailor supports to the needs of the student.
In my school district, many parents feel as if their voices are not heard and their concerns are not addressed. Our school board engaged in a closed-door vote regarding important issues that directly impacted students in our community. As a result, some of the school board members are being investigated by the State for ethics violations. It is this type of unethical behavior and lack of transparency designed to eliminate parental involvement and decision-making that must stop. Parents are entitled to open, transparent and ethical leadership from the school board. School policies should promote parent-to-educator communication and place value on open discussion. Once parents have the confidence that their input is valuable, they will become more invested and active in the academic process and engage in constructive decision-making.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on school budgets. Funds have been necessarily utilized for enhanced safety protocols; which until now, were not budgeted. In addition, many families have disenrolled their students from public schools during the pandemic because they are not satisfied with the quality of education public schools are providing during the pandemic or the slow pace with which schools are re-opening. Lower enrollment has decreased overall school funding. There will be a need to continue to budget for safety protocols. However, much can be done to encourage parents to re-enroll students in public school, thereby lessening the impact of reduced funding based upon reduced enrollment. Providing families with an option to choose either full-time, in-person learning or a distance learning curriculum, will positively increase enrollment numbers and stem the tide of disenrollment within our district.
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