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Junction City School District 69 Position 6

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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    Jacque Gerdes
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  • Jesse C Springer
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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?

Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.jacquegerdes.com
Town Where You Live Junction City
Your Experience/Qualificatons School Board, Finance Committee, Negotiations Team Member 2003-current Statewide Board/Administrator Equity Advisory Team 2020-current JCSD Racial Justice Team Strategic Planning Committee 2020-current Classroom & Project Volunteer at All Schools 1994-current Parent Group Member/Officer at All Schools 1994-2020 Supported Employment with Adults & Transition Students w/Disabilities 1984-current Great Grad Board Member/President 2015-current
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Students, and families, have been through so much in the past year both academically and emotionally! Our district will need to continue to be diligent in adhering to all health and safety protocols to keep our schools open for students to recover from the pandemic experience. It will be important for us to provide social-emotional supports for students in the classroom and by counseling staff at each building to assist them to process the array of feelings they have about their experiences during the last year and to make a plan for every student to assure they get back on track. Expanding STEAM, Career/Technical and College-Now courses, activities and vocational opportunities will give students more of a chance to find their passion for lifelong learning and critical thinking moving forward. We must view these challenges through an Equity Lens to assure that all students, especially those from historically underserved populations, get the equitable help they need for success.
It will be interesting to see how this experience will move parents to be more involved in their students learning in the future. The amount of volunteerism and engagement by parents in our schools has decreased over the last few years, and many children have had less support at home due to the rising number of working families trying to make ends meet. We will be increasing the amount of sports and after school activities for students, while decreasing the fees associated with them to help families who are getting back on their feet after the pandemic. With the increased feeling of teamwork with students, staff, families and the district all working together to educate kids, I am hoping it will make families feel supported and encouraged to remain as an active participant in their child's education in every way they can.
I don't know if we will know what impact the pandemic will have to our budgets until next year. This year there are still some resources that we can utilize to assist us with some of the extra costs we have incurred because of the covid crisis, and also extra funds that we can use for summer programs for students to start getting caught up academically and/or socially-emotionally. There have been so many costs associated with the pandemic including ones for health and safety protocols in every school, extra cleaning staff, delivered family meals, internet and home computer costs, etc. that we have incurred but are still unsure how much will be reimbursed through federal programs. With my vocal advocacy, we have always kept students at the core of our driving force and have always found a way to balance these important services to students with facility maintenance and support expenses. I believe we can continue this important practice with advocates like me on the Board.
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