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Springfield School District 19 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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  • Samantha Alcantar
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  • Brandy Crosby
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  • Steven Hadley
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    Jonathan Light
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    Anthony Reed
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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?

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Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.jonathanlightspringfield.com
Town Where You Live Eugene
Your Experience/Qualificatons 15 years - business owner, 15 years - K-12 teacher, 15 years - Springfield school board, Background in organizational development
County Lane County
Online learning brought about by the Covid pandemic has highlighted the disproportionate impact that our educational system has on students of difference - race, ethnicity, disability, and economic status. School districts need to provide resources focused on helping these students regain ground lost. Further, districts need to concentrate on proven strategies to help students achieve and not waste precious time and resources in the next few months having students take tests that are not designed to inform their individual progress. Teachers and support staff can provide wonderful insights on what some of these strategies might be.
I would make our schools inviting place for parents and families. I believe many parents are uncertain as to how to support their students and schools are particularly well-positioned to provide services and educational activities that will help inform them. There are also organizations in our area that districts can partner with to help provide some of these services. Schools should also consider adjusting building hours to accommodate the busy and varied schedules of our parents and families.
One of the takeaways of the pandemic is that the internet connectivity in our district is inadequate and inequitable for many families. Our school district, working with community partners, must invest the needed funds to address this situation. Additional state and federal funding is currently being made available to school districts but this will provide only a temporary cushion to lesson the pandemic impact and our district will need to develop a long-term strategy to address the continuing needs of our students. I believe every student has the capacity to be successful and schools have the responsibility to provide the supports needed to achieve that result.
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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 357-3728
Town Where You Live Springfield, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am a Delegate to the PNWRCC conducting union business for six western states. I have extensive experience working on diverse teams and utilizing each team members strengths to achieve the shared goals.
County Lane
Term 4 years
I am a huge advocate for equity in education. What that means to me is meeting students where they are to get them where they need to be. During these difficult times it's even more important that we allocate funds where they have the greatest impact. In order to close achievement gaps we will have to take a deep dive into all of the reasons for those disparities. Looking closer at the racial and socioeconomic causes for disparity informs us where we need to focus our efforts to help close those gaps. I fully believe in giving support where it is needed most to insure all students have equal educational opportunity no matter their ethnic or socioeconomic background.
I want to see all parents involved in the decision making process for our school district. I think we can increase parent involvement through robust information campaigns that provide information in both Spanish and English. That could look like newsletters in digital form, but also in print for those families that don't have internet services. Offering polls and/or surveys would also be a great way to find out the what the parents of our students want and need.
The first and foremost expenditure that comes to mind is PPE and infrastructure for keeping everyone safe. Making sure that barriers, hand sanitizer, ways to coordinate traffic flow and sanitizing efforts are all funded is necessary. I believe there is additional funding to help with this coming from the government and making sure it is spent where we can be most effective is crucial.
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