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South Lane School District 45J3 Position 5

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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  • Erik Benson
    (N)

  • Colleen Valley
    (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 Cottage Grove, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am a mom with two kids in SLSD. I have extensive volunteer experience with the schools of SLSD helping with fundraising, events and programs. I have served in leadership for over a decade combined in South Valley Athletics and South Lane Mental Health. But most importantly I have yet to meet a kid who did not deserve a good education and the opportunity to endow their future with hope.
County Lane
Term 2021-2025
I am open to many ideas on how to recapture the learning that was lost as we have been struggling with Covid. I think summer programs, both in person and remote should be available to kids. As families figure out their needs, as Covid precautions change and as families rediscover the best learning environments for their kids, we will have to be flexible. Keeping the lens of equity in front of the district as decisions are made is important in order to support all children in the district as we work to get them back on track. I want every child willing to do the work to be supported in their effort.
District communication is key to letting families understand the vital role they play for their children. Rather than sending kiddos to their schools and trusting that teachers and staff will be taking care of their child's education, families need to be encouraged, coached and supported as to how they can in turn best support their kids themselves. Being in a family with two full time wage earners, we have struggled with our role in our kid's education. Though we have always talked about school, asked about what the kids are learning and discussed those things in more depth than our kids probably want, this pandemic has shown how much that is just a beginning. The stress on parents facilitating their child's education is huge. The district needs to continue to support parents, provide advice on how to balance work and learning and be flexible in administering that advice as no two homes face the same challenges.
School budget crises are not new. With things changing by the week and sometimes day, it is difficult to predict how funding will be impacted in the long term. The district has received funds to help offset the impact and costs of Covid. While that infusion will help, most of that money is earmarked for particular items and cannot be spent on just anything. I'll listen to the superintendent and the budget committee to hear our options and expectations regarding funds and the outlook for the future. Using the money that we can from the state and federal government for programs aimed at bridging the learning gap for kids from this past year is highest on my list of priorities. We need to be mindful to spend our budget in a way that is sustainable. Addressing classified salaries is another priority that must be built into the budget to keep us on solid ground going forward into future school years.
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