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West Linn-Wilsonville School District Position 3

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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  • Craig Tiffany
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    Kirsten Wyatt
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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?

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Campaign Phone (public) (919) 225-2961
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://electwyatt.com
Town Where You Live West Linn
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am the Executive Director of the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) network. Previously, I worked in local and state government administration, communications, and finance. I received my Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina and my Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University. I volunteer on the West Linn Wilsonville School District Budget Committee, and on the West Linn Library Foundation Board of Directors.
Twitter @kowyatt
County Clackamas
Term 2021-2025
We must prioritize bringing students back to school full time, and improving remote learning for families that are not comfortable yet with in-person learning. For both in-person and remote learners, students need opportunities to accelerate their education to make up for learning loss. Some ideas include summer school programming, high intensity tutoring, and teaching to the current grade level, and not the levels lost. These solutions are expensive and will require cooperation with the state and federal government, as well as working with employee groups. This is why electing school board members with budget and management experience is important. My experience on the school district budget committee makes me ready on day one to advocate for our kids and schools. We must also learn from the past year and how technology can enhance our students’ education. Continuing the district’s work to provide high quality, reliable technology tools is essential to decreasing academic disparities.
I observed that pre-COVID, there was a degree of privilege required to be fully engaged and invested in a student’s education: from attending in-person meetings and functions at the school, to participating in the governing board’s decision making hearings, to meeting with teachers and staff. It also meant that families with working parents/caregivers, single parents/caregivers, or with language, mobility, and/or accessibility challenges were more limited in their options to be involved and supportive. A transition to virtual connections means that the district and schools can meet parents and caregivers where they are, on their time, versus a more prescribed and limited frame of engagement. Welcoming more and diverse voices to decision making discussions will result in a more inclusive district. And, all parents and caregivers will have the time and access to advocate for their children and families.
It is important that the school district maintains an adequate fund balance. This is something that the budget committee has focused on the prior two fiscal years. As the district addresses learning disparities and upgrading facilities so they are safe for reopening, we must ensure that the fund balance is not dipped into so our future financial sustainability is not threatened. The district will receive $6 million in ARP ESSER funds, to be spent between March 2020 and September 2023 and has prioritized these funds for staffing costs, the online learning platforms (FUEL, WKOP, and WKOA), personal protective equipment, and nutrition services. This provides expenditure relief to the district and oversight of these funds is an important board role. Lastly, given uncertainty during the pandemic, it is imperative to provide confidence about reopening so students and families that left the district for private or home schooling, can return to the district, ready to contribute and learn.
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