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Ashland School District 5 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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    Jill Franko
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  • Natalie Jackson
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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?

Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://jillfrankoforschoolboard.com
Town Where You Live Ashland
Your Experience/Qualificatons Volunteer on Bond Oversight Committee Volunteer as Chair for ASD Budget Committee. Board member for Youth Employment Services. Previous Corporate Wellness Consultant and Insurance Broker.
County Jackson County
Term 2021-2025
Equal and equity are not the same thing. Equity means that those who need more should receive more. It acknowledges the individual student and how important it is to meet each student wherever they may be. The districts multi-level systems of support would allocate more resources to those who need it most. But we cannot limit our outreach to only school resources. We must collaborate and work with outside organizations and funds to make sure our students who need the most support are getting everything they need for academic success, social emotional support, and racial trauma. Here are a few examples: 1. Provide more after school, summer, and in-school enrichment programs that are often only afforded by our affluent student population. 2. Involve teachers more in the assessment process. They know their students and how they are doing in class better than anyone. We need to collaborate with them more as the professionals they are. 3. Incorporate restorative justice techniques
COVID has given parents a rare opportunity to be more involved in their children's education, however that involvement was primarily forced. It came with an extreme cost leaving many mothers, and some fathers to quit their jobs. 78% of those lost jobs during the pandemic were women, and 61% were parents. Even though parents play a primary role in educating their children, it has to be a partnership, not so involved that our parents can no longer support their families. We have some repairs that need to be done between our schools and our parents. A lot of parents are feeling tapped out and pushed beyond limits. If we are truly going to repair this partnership we need first to bring our students back to school, offer social emotional support systems, and be aggressive with our outreach to catch students up with their potential. Once a sense of normalcy returns, then we can start communication with parents to hear how we can both be better partners in raising globally conscious children.
As the chair for the budget committee I work closely with our superintendent and our Director of Finance to approve a fiscally responsible budget that aligns with our values and goals. Despite our budget being $1.5 million less this year, we are still managing to maintain all of our initiatives and goals for the year. Our budget concerns really exist in the coming years starting in 2022. Ashland's decreasing enrollment challenges continue to compound along with our rising property values. Without affordable housing we cannot continue to attract families to our town that would keep our enrollment numbers where they need to be. We really need to work with the city in coming up with housing solutions that will attract diverse families who care about the schools their children attend. We cannot solve our budget problems as a district alone. The pandemic has merely highlighted these shortcomings both as a district and as a community.
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