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Hillsboro School District Director 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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    Jaci Spross
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  • Monique Ward
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Biographical Information

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.sprossforschools.com
Town Where You Live Hillsboro
Your Experience/Qualificatons Elected to the Hillsboro School Board in 2017, I have learned the processes, funding mechanisms, policies, laws affecting school districts in Oregon and the responsibilities of a school board member. I received extensive leadership training from OSBA (Oregon School Board Association) earning the highest levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. My participation on several Board Committees has afforded me the ability to better understand issues facing our students.
Twitter @spross4schools
County Washington
Term 2021-2025
As we resume in-person instruction we need to acknowledge that our students and staff have experienced a kind of trauma and we need to be able to meet students and staff where they are at that moment in time. Support options take many forms and include making mental health support (for staff and students) a priority. Focusing on students that are at risk of being left behind academically during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) is paramount as we return to in-person instruction. During CDL our district has worked to ensure access to technology, which will continue to be essential as we return to the classroom. Some programs and steps the district is doing to establish a learning acceleration plan are summer schools, culturally-specific tutoring partnerships, middle school schedule exploration/adjustments, graduation coaches and career/college planning. By leveraging all available resources we will increase our students learning to lessen any achievement gap.
Parent and community engagement is a priority in our district and of mine. Our district has several parent groups supporting our families, including Asian and Pacific Islander Family Engagement; LatinX PAC; Native American PAC; Black Village Family Advisory Committee; Special Education Parent Partnership. I will continue to work on expanding these parent groups, making sure their voices are heard. The district’s 30+ member Family Outreach Team includes Family & Community Outreach Liaisons; Secondary Family Engagement Support specialists and Graduation Coaches will be key liaisons between our family’s needs and district resources. This Outreach team works in each school to make sure our families have what they need to support their student’s educational journey. As a School Board Director, I represent the students and families of our district. I will always seek out parent and student voices and base my decisions on science, facts and best practices.
School budgets are proposed to take a significant hit for the next biennium. Potential solutions to the expected budget shortfall are using Measure 98 monies, Student Investment Act (SIA) monies, and the reduction/repurposing of current general fund dollars. When it comes to my priorities when looking at budget cuts, it will always be to keep class sizes as small as possible (not increase size). Over 84% of our budget is spent on people, so that is difficult to accomplish, however thinking outside the box is what our district does best. Right now, my priority is to get our students back in the classroom full-time while being safe for everyone. As the fourth largest district in the state, we are fortunate to have a Budget Committee of community members that assist us in making budget decisions. Our Administration works closely with the budget committee to understand and consider all options on the table.
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