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Perrydale 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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    Katie Fast

  • Jessica Keene

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?

Campaign Phone (public) (503) 510-5293
Campaign Address PO Box 45
Rickreall, OR 97371
Town Where You Live rural Polk County
Your Experience/Qualificatons I have over twenty years of experience leading organizations' engagement strategies to meet their public policy objectives. My extensive work with the Oregon Legislature and state and federal agencies will bring value to the Perrydale School Board. Additionally, I have been an education advocate through my volunteer activities.
County Polk
We first need to implement strategic use of the federal relief funds that are coming to the state and districts to support and assist students that fell behind over the past year. Programing should also focus on student mental health, which became a heightened issue during COVID and an item we will struggle with during the transition back to a more traditional classroom settings.
Perrydale School is successful due to its strong community support. This past year, our families have taken more direct roles administrating education in their homes. However, teachers have lost parent volunteer support and at a time when they were asked to do more. We need to first bring parent volunteers safety back into schools and classrooms. These parent provide support to their children's classrooms, but also to other students, who may need that feeling of community.

Public boards function appropriately by listening and weighing public comment. This is an important engagement for parents and should be welcomed and encouraged.
School boards may need to prioritize expenditures to assist with student success in a post COVID-19 settings. With the influx of federal funds to Oregon and specifically direct allocations for education, I don't see funding challenges being an issue until fiscal year 22-23. However, school boards will need to be planning for potential lean years to come and ensure they have strong carry over balances to bridge a funding decline.

School boards will need to partner with the Oregon School Board Association and other education stakeholders to advocate for strong K12 funding at the legislature in the 2023 legislative session.
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