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Springfield School District 19 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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  • Ruth Linoz

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    Kelly Mason

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://RuthLinoz.com
Town Where You Live Springfield
Your Experience/Qualificatons • Lane County resident since 1983; Springfield resident for 22 years • My daughters completed their K-12 education in Lane County • Regular classroom volunteer • Served on a school district curriculum committee • Rotary Interact Advisor (high schoolers) • 10+ yrs. managing a private, nonprofit rural transit agency • Kidsports softball and basketball coach • Public transportation advisory committees • Economic and Community Development boards and committees: Chambers of Commerce & Rotary Club
County Lane
Term 4 years
To determine student and educator needs and gaps, I would advocate for conducting a quick assessment of all students with parental input to determine gaps in learning at grade level and of any potential mental health needs that distance learning may have created. Each student’s assessment should then be evaluated by a third-party assessor to make recommendations to district administration and school board on how they should address the gaps in ways that are equitable regardless of the school the student attends. Then educators will be asked what each will need to address the identified diversity of gaps to achieve grade level and above standards. Meanwhile, school administration and school board need to be ready to make budgetary decisions that include COVID-19 funding to pay for any additional staff (classroom support), individualized instruction and outside resources (i.e. #WorkReady, mentors), or to offer families support. Teachers and students need equitable support to succeed!
I believe parents want to be involved in their student’s education, so I want to see their involvement encouraged and inclusion in more decisions, like having an opportunity to address the school board during a public comment period. Parents should always feel welcomed to participate in school functions and have the freedom to voice their ideas and needs to school leadership. The best way to establish and encourage parental involvement in schools in my opinion would be for every parent to receive an orientation to their role as a partner educator of their student(s). This partnership begins the moment of student enrollment through their last day in a school sponsored program and should be provide at each school site. A suggested approach would be to ask school staff and parents to commit to communicating levels of involvement, provide critical information in a timely manner, identify expectations, and allow for positive and constructive feedback.
Both will need to be reviewed immediately to adjust funding and priorities to meet new challenges and opportunities critical for getting the district positioned to perform. Every department needs to report on pandemic impacts, ways to maximize resources and look for educational opportunities within and through community partnerships. I see the school board working to bridge the needs of the school district and the pandemic impacted community through honest conversations to gain mutual support because the Springfield economic health needs workers who have a quality education, the students want skills that are in demand and the district needs continued funding to establish and maintain quality educational and vocational programs. The pandemic has reinforced this mutual dependency so my focus will be to encourage the school board to lead the effort in supporting the school district and community to succeed in this difficult challenge.
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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 632-3569
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://kellymason.nationbuilder.com/
Town Where You Live Springfield, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons University of Oregon Academic Advisor Financial Aid Counselor Chair, Community Development Advisory Committee of Springfield
County Lane County
Term First
All of the decisions made for Springfield schools need to be made through a lens of equity and social justice. Recognizing the needs of all students, including marginalized groups, like students of color, low income students, and other students from diverse backgrounds, is key to increased success for our district. Springfield needs a renewed sense of commitment to improving equity and I will bring culturally competent, transparent, and consistent dedication to the school board. To ensure that all Springfield students prosper in public schools, especially the unheard and underrepresented Latinx community, we must commit to including everyone in the education system and the decisions that affect their education. Being bilingual, with strong connections to our Latinx community, and the growing BIPOC community as a whole, I will be an ally in our district and ensure that these students are heard, honored, and respected.
I have a vision of enhanced collaboration for the Springfield School District with the overall goal of increased success of our students. The school board serves at the pleasure of the community and I plan to act as an open line of communication. A priority of mine will be to ensure that the Springfield School Board is open for and receptive to public comments and to empower students by encouraging them to contribute in district-level decision making. We must show our youth that they can change the world by empowering them and giving them the resources necessary for success.
The pandemic has had a negative impact on school budgets because schools have had to adapt to distance learning. This means that they have had to make sure that all students have equitable access to technology and internet resources. Additionally, the pandemic has made it more difficult for schools to efficiently provide necessary support for students with disabilities. Once elected, I will continue to work with state and local officials to overcome the budget and learning difficulties presented by the pandemic. It is with the support of my community that I am prepared to be a part of the vision that is moving Springfield forward. I will ensure that as we overcome the challenges of the pandemic and begin to return to normal, we will continue to have difficult and respectful conversations, with the goals of innovation and delivering a high-quality education for the next generation of leaders.
Todos las decisiones hechas por las escuelas en Springfield necesitan estar hechas a través de una perspectiva de equidad y justicia social. Reconociendo las necesidades de todos los estudiantes, incluso los estudiantes marginalizados, como los estudiantes de color, estudiantes de bajos ingresos, y otros estudiantes de orígenes diversas, es crucial para el éxito aumentado de nuestro distrito escolar. Springfield necesita un sentido renovado de compromiso para mejorar la equidad, y yo traeré dedicación que es culturalmente competente, transparente, y consistente al comité escolar. Para asegurar que todos los estudiantes de Springfield prosperen en las escuelas públicas, especialmente la comunidad Latina, necesitamos comprometernos a incluir a todos en el sistema de la educación y en las decisiones que afectan sus educaciones. Siendo bilingüe, con conecciones fuertes con la comunidad Latina, yo seré una aliada en nuestro distrito y aseguraré que estos estudiantes sean oídos y honrados.
Yo tengo una visión de colaboración mejorado para el distrito escolar de Springfield con el objetivo del éxito de nuestros estudiantes. El comité escolar sirve al placer de la comunidad, y yo planeo actuar como un comunicador para los estudiantes. Una prioridad mía será asegurar que el comité escolar sea abierto y receptivo a comentarios del público. Esta acción empoderará a los estudiantes a través de animarles a contribuir en la toma de las decisiones al nivel del distrito. Debemos mostrar a nuestra juventud que pueden cambiar el mundo por empoderarles y por darles los recursos necesarios para su éxito.
La pandemia ha tenido un impacto negativo en los presupuestos escolares porque las escuelas tenían que adaptarse a la educación a distancia. Esto implica que tienen que asegurar que todos los estudiantes tengan acceso equitativo a la tecnología y al internet. También, a causa de la pandemia, es más difícil para las escuelas proveer eficientemente el apoyo necesario a los estudiantes con discapacidades. Después de ser electa, voy a continuar trabajando con oficiales a los niveles estatal y local para superar las dificultades del presupuesto y del aprendizaje. Con el apoyo de mi comunidad, estoy preparada para ser parte de la visión que es avanzar Springfield. Aseguraré que, cuando superamos los desafíos de la pandemia y empezamos de regresar a lo normal, vamos a continuar a tener conversaciones difíciles y respetuosas, con los objetivos de innovación y de cumplir una educación de buena calidad a la próxima generación de líderes.