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Corvallis School District 509J Director 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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    Ginger L Larcom
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    Rachelle Y Spindler
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  • Shauna L M Tominey
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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 Corvallis
Your Experience/Qualificatons Occupational Background: Teaching and Community Volunteer Educational Background: MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, University of Phoenix; BA in Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; Corvallis High School Alumnus
County Benton
Term 4 years
According to the ODE, 30% of our K-8 students are not at reading level and are failing in math. The result of pandemic has created even more of a challenge to our students. Response to Intervention (RTI) does not appear to be adequate, so an analysis of the current programs in place must be evaluated. There has been no accountability with the current board about the efficacy of numerous programs put in place. A multi-year approach to reinstated achievable standards and goals, and assessments must be requested to evaluate student readiness for college or career choices after high school. Transparency, accountability, communication, and collaboration between parents, teachers, administrators, and staff are crucial. If elected, I will act as a liaison between all those invested in the educational process of each student to allow all voices to be heard.
I have spoken to many parents who have been frustrated that many times they have not been invited into important decision-making about their child's educational process. There has been a lack of transparency with the current board--sensitive and controversial materials have been taught without parent knowledge or consent. Parents shall have full disclosure of curriculum taught and encouraged to participate in school functions, assemblies, and volunteer opportunities that will rebuild a trust and a connectedness to the school. As a parent, I want my concerns to be heard and then addressed, so I can empathize with every parent that shares this desire and value.
The Student Success Act shall be allocated to fund an analysis as to what the most effective teaching practices are in our nation to bring to Corvallis schools. The decision made by the district to keep schools closed has affected many students' mental health. Supports must be in place to handle these issues upon return in the fall. As your school board member, I will stand firm to keep schools safely open full time because this is in the best interested of the children. I will always follow the science and make evidence-based decisions. The mental toll that school closures has created is far too great to not do everything in our power to keep students in school, activities and sports. This is crucial to students' development and well-being.
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Campaign Phone (public) (480) 773-0282
Town Where You Live Corvallis
Your Experience/Qualificatons Over 15 years of mental health direct care experience with children and families with a focus on trauma centered treatment and crisis prevention response. Development of 3 forensic mental health court programs. Adoptive parent of two beautiful children of color with special needs. Current crisis intervention team member responding to mental health emergencies in the community and public schools. I also have a good sense of humor and am not afraid of courageous conversations.
Twitter @vote4Rachelle
County Benton
Term 4 year
The first step is to identify what barriers are preventing us from reaching our goals. I have found that asking the affected people to help identify barriers gains buy in and allows for easier implementation of solutions. As a mental health therapist I have experience on how a trusted professional can help facilitate understanding and communication around barriers that may be negatively affecting progress. Access to increased mental health support in the schools will increase student academic success and help to close the achievement gap by allowing for advocacy of unidentified needs. The Student Investment Account Fund is also a tool in our arsenal that we can use to change the way we distribute our resources to improve equitable access to education. Data will be needed to better understand the cause of these disparities which is why I support House Bill 2962, it will provide data on post pandemic student needs in order to support targeted responses and remove barriers to learning.
The pandemic has opened our eyes to the lack of inclusivity of parents in our schools. We need to increase the voice of all parents in our schools for the sake of our students. I believe that this can be initiated by first inviting parent participation through direct contact by school personnel and teachers. This will open the lines of communication between parents and the school working towards positive relationship building. Increasing communication will also allow for a better understanding of barriers to parent involvement that can then be specifically addressed for each family. Ideas to make schools more approachable and welcoming for parents that would increase collaboration between families and the schools could include direct ambassador outreach, in-school parent inclusion programs, and increasing parent involvement with the school board. Parents will participate if it is easy, accessible, and welcoming to do so.
The pandemic derailed carefully planned budget expenditures by creating a crisis focus on safety and security of our students and staff. As a community mental health crisis worker, shifting already limited resources to meet emergent priorities is my daily experience. I do not believe that the full impact of the pandemic's impact on our budget has been realized yet. New challenges will continue to surface as we return to in person learning and I feel that some long term budgeted plans may need to be put on hold until our educational world stabilizes. New challenges will be unique and will require creative collaboration among decision-makers. This is why it is important to strengthen our board now by voting in candidates with different strengths and perspectives. My experience can provide real world solutions should mental health issues come up as we continue our recovery process.
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