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Gladstone School District Position 2

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 Zimtbaum
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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 Gladstone, Or.
Your Experience/Qualificatons I’m a mom who has dedicated 11 years to volunteering for our schools. I served 8 yrs on the John Wetten Elementary PFO Board, in the roles of President and Vice President. I created annual community building events such as the Spring Carnival, Movie Nights and the Family Dance Party. I headed the annual Jog-A-Thon, raising an average of $24,000 a year. I’m part of our district’s Parent Leaders group, working on educational advocacy in legislation. I’ve worked as a substitute SPED IA.
County Clackamas
Term 4 year
This school year I’ve worked with Gladstone Parent Leaders, advocating at the state and local levels on issues related to school funding. One of our goals is to secure COVID Relief Funds for Academic Extension programs to help our students not only catch up, but to excel as they move forward. We need Summer programs as well as After School and Weekend programs for students once school begins in the Fall. Since there are many families not comfortable with in-person school, we need to be sure there are equitable options for in-person and online students. I also think we need more instructional assistants in our classrooms to better support struggling students, both in general education as well as those with special needs.
Volunteering for our schools has been my career for the past 11 years and I am deeply passionate about parental involvement. I routinely reach out to the parents in our community to let them know about opportunities, not only to volunteer but to get their voices heard. I want every parent to know they can and should get involved with their child’s education! When I am on the School Board I will continue to advocate for parent collaboration in problem solving and decision making. I also think School Board meetings should continue to stream live via Zoom as it allows for a higher degree of accessibility for all, compared to meeting in-person.
The pandemic has greatly impacted our school budget due to the fact most of our state funding comes from tax revenues. The Governor has already announced a plan to slash general school funding by $500,000,000 for the next biennium. This will have devastating results for our students, even without the pandemic, and won’t allow us to continue the basic operations and service level of our schools. With pandemic related education gaps, the effects of this budget cut will be even more catastrophic. Through my work with Gladstone Parent Leaders, we have been advocating and meeting with State Representatives and local leaders to discuss why we cannot cut the school funding from $9.6 billion down to $9.1 billion. And why it is imperative to dedicate a portion of our federal COVID Relief funds to supplement lost education and provide additional instructional support for our students.
Este año escolar he trabajado con Gladstone Parent Leaders, abogando a nivel estatal y local en temas relacionados con la financiación escolar. Uno de nuestros objetivos es asegurar los Fondos de Ayuda COVID para los programas de Extensión Académica para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes no solo a ponerse al día, sino a sobresalir a medida que avanzan. Necesitamos programas de verano, así como programas después de clases y fines de semana para los estudiantes una vez que comiencen las clases en el otoño. Dado que hay muchas familias que no se sienten cómodas con la escuela en persona, debemos asegurarnos de que haya opciones equitativas para los estudiantes en persona y en línea. También creo que necesitamos más asistentes de instrucción en nuestras aulas para apoyar mejor a los estudiantes con dificultades, tanto en educación general como en aquellos con necesidades especiales.
El voluntariado en nuestras escuelas ha sido mi carrera durante los últimos 11 años y me apasiona profundamente la participación de los padres. Habitualmente me comunico con los padres de nuestra comunidad para informarles acerca de las oportunidades, no solo para ser voluntarios sino para que se escuchen sus voces. ¡Quiero que todos los padres sepan que pueden y deben participar en la educación de sus hijos! Cuando esté en la Junta Escolar continuaré abogando por la colaboración de los padres en la resolución de problemas y la toma de decisiones. También creo que las reuniones de la Junta Escolar deberían continuar transmitiéndose en vivo a través de Zoom, ya que permite un mayor grado de accesibilidad para todos, en comparación con las reuniones en persona.
Este año escolar he trabajado con Gladstone Parent Leaders, abogando a nivel estatal y local en temas relacionados con la financiación escolar. Uno de nuestros objetivos es asegurar los Fondos de Ayuda COVID para los programas de Extensión Académica para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes no solo a ponerse al día, sino a sobresalir a medida que avanzan. Necesitamos programas de verano, así como programas después de clases y fines de semana para los estudiantes una vez que comiencen las clases en el otoño. Dado que hay muchas familias que no se sienten cómodas con la escuela en persona, debemos asegurarnos de que haya opciones equitativas para los estudiantes en persona y en línea. También creo que necesitamos más asistentes de instrucción en nuestras aulas para apoyar mejor a los estudiantes con dificultades, tanto en educación general como en aquellos con necesidades especiales.