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Eugene School District 4J 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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    Harry Sanger

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 Eugene
Your Experience/Qualificatons River Road Community Organization Board Member; River Road - Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan Community Advisory Committee; Former Cottage Grove Planning Commissioner; Parent of students / child of a teacher
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Returning all students who want to be in the classroom to in person learning immediately will prevent widening this gap further. This question assumes that excelling in academic achievement is the sole goal of our education system. Enhanced tutoring offerings and more resources for developing and maintaining IEPs can help address this specific goal. At the high school level, we should be working to ensure that all freshmen and sophomores have full class loads to set them on the road to success. A disparity in academic achievement shouldn't be leveraged as the ultimate judgement on our students. We can work to ensure a robust portfolio of pathways to success, including alternative models that aren't limited to traditional notions of academic achievement such as trade programs or additional career and technical education (CTE) opportunities.
We can foster a more welcoming and inclusive environment to facilitate interaction with District families. Effective communications are essential and we need to ensure that parents are kept in the loop regarding their children and their schools as well as the District at large. When decisions are being considered, we need to make a good faith effort to provide the background information to community members and provide a forum to receive input and generate discussion. Much of this can be done by leveraging technologies to reach most families while offering onsite meetings as well when it makes sense.
The pandemic has introduced new challenges but also new opportunities. The District has some new funding coming from Covid relief programs but these are temporary funds that do not easily support long-term programs or hiring new employees. Building maintenance is part of this new reality and we need to consider long-term plans for preserving our older buildings while replacing or adding facilities as needed for the community. As mentioned above, designating appropriate funding to build up resources to support individualized education programs (IEPs) will be necessary in order to catch up and meet the District's obligations to the families participating in these programs.
Devolver inmediatamente a todos los estudiantes que quieran estar en la escuela.
Las comunicaciones eficaces son esenciales y necesitamos asegurarnos de que los padres se mantengan en el circuito con respecto a sus hijos y sus escuelas, así como el Distrito en general.
El Distrito tiene algunos nuevos fondos provenientes de los programas de ayuda de Covid, pero estos son fondos temporales que no apoyan fácilmente los programas a largo plazo o contratan a nuevos empleados. La designación de fondos apropiados para construir recursos para apoyar programas de educación individualizados (IEPs) será necesaria para alcanzar y cumplir con las obligaciones del Distrito con las familias que participan en estos programas.