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Redmond School District 2J 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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    Shawn Hartfield
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  • Stephanie Hunter
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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 Redmond
Your Experience/Qualificatons Board of Director since 2015 for the Redmond School District. 16 years as a Licensed Insurance Consultant. Over 10 years of Human Resource Management. An Instructor of Business courses at COCC for 4 1/2 years. Served on the Facilities, Bargaining, Budget and Policy Committees for RSD. Five years of Oregon School Board Association training including school budgets and finance, curriculum, equity and inclusion, safety, school legislation, metrics and many other K-12 topics.
County Deschutes
Term 2021-2025
The disparities are now even spread further across our student populations. We have seen 40 to 60% fail rates throughout Oregon. Summer school is one avenue that I am in support of for students at risk and those experiencing achievement gaps. I have in the past and will continue to support smaller class sizes. Prior to COVID, 5th grade class rooms could have 30 plus students and in middle schools and high schools some classes had 40 students. Adding instructional aids to class rooms to help and support teachers with addressing student needs is another strategy I am in support of. Developing a modified temporary IEP, for students that previously were not on an IEP but have been identified as falling behind, is another strategy I will consider to bridge these gaps. Extending the school year, Oregon's K-12 students graduate missing an entire year of school compared to Washington K-12 students.
While it has been a struggle for families, it has also been an awakening for parents to re-engage in their child(rens) education. I also volunteer as the Treasurer for the PTC of Sage Elementary in Redmond. Through PTO's and PTC's we are able to promote parent involvement in the schools with community events, which we hope to re-start in the near future Teachers, through technology, have entered into their student's homes. By using this technology (Zoom, or Google Meet) teachers and parents/caregivers can have contact more often and in a much more personal manner than an email or telephone call. Parents and caregivers need to be at the table to discuss the future changes, strategies and success of the district. Our board meetings will continue to have a zoom option, when we are able to be in-person, to maintain parent and community involvement.
Our school districts throughout the State of Oregon are going to feel the gravity of the pandemic this budget season. Redmond School District's student population decreased by 450 students. 450 students is equal to one of RSD's smaller elementary schools. Like most of the school districts in the state, RSD did not lay off employees. Rather, RSD did not fill vacancies in order to help curb the decrease in revenue we will be seeing in the 2021-2022 budget. School districts in Oregon receive most of their revenue from the State on a per student basis. If RSD does not re-coup the 450 students that left during the pandemic, we could see a budget shortfall of close to 5 million dollars. Depending on where the legislator sets the sate school fund, we will have to reconsider some of the programs we planned on investing in. The SSA funds is separate funding source along with measure 98, these are grant funds that must spend on specific areas but they can help bridge any funding gaps.
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