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Bandon School District 54 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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  • Stan Avery
    (N)

  • Jeannette M Harper
    (NP)

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    Marie Simonds
    (N)

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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Town Where You Live Bandon OR
County Coos
There have always been students who learned quicker than others and there have always been teachers unable to handle the differences. Making sure teachers are trained to understand THEY are crucial to children learning is a must. With students having been away from a classroom environment for many months means teachers will have to step up and find a way to bring all students to a ‘minimum’ level for the grades being taught. What that level is needs to be determined well before the students enter the classroom. Will this return determine students can not advance to the next grade? Will some sort of ‘special’ tutoring during summer months allow these same students to advance for the next school year?
If you asked many parents, I would hazard to guess they would say they have not been allowed to be more involved with their children’s education. Again, many parents have disagreed with material being taught to their children. If we want parents to get more involved, we must open communication and provide tools the parents can use to further classroom studies into the home. We also need to take a look at courses being taught to determine whether they are the correct material or a waste of resources and harming students in the long run. Parents should really have the last say whether they want their children learning something either disagreeable or detrimental for their children.
School budgets should have felt a much needed savings due to students being away from schools. Knowing in-class attendance will be resuming means a return to those expenses normally encountered in a regular school environment. But added to this environment is the need for keeping students and staff safe from both infection as well as spreading germs. Taking a look at the current budget and identifying unnecessary expenses could help in this regard.
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Town Where You Live BANDON
Your Experience/Qualificatons My name is Marie Simonds and I am running for re-election to the Bandon School Board, position #3. I am a parent of 2 students in the district, a community volunteer, youth sports coach and currently serve on the Bandon School District board as Vice Chair. Meeting the needs of students and families in Bandon is my #1 goal in running for re-election. I have served on the board for three years and helped pass the recent school bond as well as initiate a parent teacher group at the middle school.
County Coos
We have to target school funds for strategies that we know will address disparities in academic achievement. We need to work with staff to identify and focus funds to students that need assistance. Engaging programs and Career Technical programs are key to keeping students engaged and in school. Finding ways to welcome students and families back to our schools in person safely and in a way that is engaging is key.
Welcoming families to develop relationships with teacher and administrators is important to increasing parental involvement. We want parents and our community members to feel welcome to attend concerts, speech tournaments and athletics at the school. Listening to parents and understanding what they need in order to help their child's success - then adjusting our programs to meet ever changing needs. We can't do the same thing and expect a different result. We have to listen to students and families and then meet their needs.
Bandon faces a decreasing student enrollment. We as leaders need to prioritize our funds for those programs that students need in order to thrive. We also need to be innovative and partner with local businesses to get students real world experience as well as the academic in class work they need.
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