North Santiam School District Position 7 At large 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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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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Some of the strategies I will consider using to address these increased disparities are summer programs to recover some of the lost learning and continued implementation and use of the AVID system in our schools. In addition, I will continue to support the district’s college readiness and CTE programs. As a board, we will need to continue to review policies and procedures to ensure all students have equitable access to every program sponsored by the district. Through the budget process, I will consider resource allocations needed to support closing the achievement gap.
I will continue to support and participate in the board’s Community Engagement Committee to promote parental (and community) involvement in our schools. From my perspective, our district has historically had good parental involvement in our schools. We have to continue to be purposeful in our interactions and engagement of families – both at the board and individual school levels. This past year has been hard – and our families have risen to the occasion – this is a testament to their pre-COVID involvement. It is important to encourage, and at times seek out, parental input to make district decisions. In addition, when committee work, like the long-range facility plan, is being done a diverse group of parents and community members are asked to participate. In the past, parents have been invited to assess and provide feedback related to curriculum adoption. These are all ways to increase the role of parents in decision making and promoting their involvement in schools.
The pandemic impacted the economic conditions of our state and as a result, will impact the funding level the state legislature approves. Not only do we need to sustain pre-COVID programs, but we will also need to allocate resources to close the achievement gap and sustain infrastructure put in place during COVID that will continue to benefit students in the future. The district has operated in a fiscally conservative manner for the last several years. I intend to support efforts to continue fiscal conservatism. We have built self-sustaining programs - like the high school construction class – this is a strategy to continue. We have built strong community partnerships – another strategy to continue. Reserving funds – one more strategy to continue.
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