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Hillsboro School District Director Position 1

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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    Joe Everton
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  • Erika Lopez
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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?

Town Where You Live Hillsboro
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am a father of three children, who have all benefited greatly from Hillsboro Schools. This has given me a strong working relationship with HSD educators. I have a lot of experience in STEM, both academically and as a career, plus as a parent of a student pursuing a STEM major in college. I have supported several youth robotics teams. I have volunteered and supported Century bands and other arts programs. I have volunteered on HSD's Community Curriculum Advisory Committee for 4 years.
County Washington
Term 4 years
Our students win when we serve their individual needs. HSD announced that they would promote all students next year, whether they have been signing in a little or a lot, and help them circle back to fill in gaps as needed. I support this, with one caveat: we need to provide tracking and ability grouping so that all students can continue to learn and grow. We already lost a lot of students to homeschooling, online charters, and private schools because their parents could see CDL was not working for their children. If we address the widened gap (shown by HSD’s own data) with one-size-fits-all teaching suited to students who lost a full year, even more will leave. Our schools need to serve and challenge all students.

I also support bolstering our music, sports, and other extracurriculars as motivators for students to return to their classes. These programs are why many students went to school before, and we need that draw to bring those back who haven’t been signing in.
I am a big proponent of parental involvement in the schools, and engaging them in decisions regarding their children’s education. With our own son, my wife and I took an active role coaching him in finding good opportunities to challenge himself and explore his interests in middle and early high school. By the time he was a senior, he was a full stakeholder in his education and future career. That’s the way this partnership should work. With all the disruption COVID caused, this support is more important than ever.

One area I plan to help HSD improve relations with parents is by revisiting its CSE adoption from 2019. The process the board and administrators used was much too opaque. Parents found out near the end and presented a petition with 4000 signatures, asking the board to pause and get more parent input. They rushed ahead and adopted it. I am 100% for sex-ed, but this decision-making process excluded parents. On the board, I will involve parents, and rebuild trust.
Our top budget priority needs to be removing barriers to having kids in school in person and full time, and getting them back on their feet.

The pandemic is a crisis for our most vulnerable students. Many stopped signing in for CDL long ago, and the learning gap grows each day. Hybrid is such a welcome step, but it will always fall short. We don’t need to complicate this. The CDC has said for months that classrooms are safe even without vaccinations. We need to move forward.

Our board promised unions they would follow the 6-ft. rule even though CDC, OHA, and ODE all say 3-ft is enough. There are feasible solutions to their expressed remaining obstacles--buses, where to have kids eat, etc. HSD received $27m for solving problems like these. Other districts see the mental and emotional health crisis, and are proactively putting kids back in classrooms sooner. They anticipated and solved these same problems. Our budget needs to support solutions to these roadblocks.
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