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Coos Bay School District 9 Position 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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    David Geels

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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?

Campaign Phone (public) (541) 297-6721
Town Where You Live Coos Bay
Your Experience/Qualificatons Current Board member and Chair
County Coos
We are going to need to closely evaluate student learning and achievement as we resume in person schooling and a return to more normal educational approaches. It seems likely that we will see that some students have indeed achieved less gains than others during these difficult times. We will need to understand these deficits and differences and dedicate ourselves to bringing all students up through new opportunities and methods. We do have experience doing this often times when children enter our district for the first time but it will be a new challenge to do this for all of our students.
To me there was never any question about the importance of family support in education- education has always begun within our families first. I think opportunities to gain parental help in classrooms, after school activities, governance should continue to be seen as of key importance. I have been pleased to see that the school board also consists almost exclusively of parents of Coos Bay kids.
This remains to be seen but could be quite challenging. Enrollment numbers dropped noticeably in coos bay as well as most other school districts. Decrease enrollments means decreased funding. If the drop in enrollment is temporary we should be able to rebound without long term consequences but if this does not occur we will have difficult decisions to make. We do continue to need to make our educational options in ways that best meet the needs of families and our youth and deliver a high quality experience that attracts them to our District.
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