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Gladstone School District 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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  • Michael Dexheimer
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    Greg Lind
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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?

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Town Where You Live Gladstone
Your Experience/Qualificatons Board Chair, 2020-present; Board Member, May 2017-present; David Douglas HS Teacher, 2000-present; Small Business Owner, 1992-2000.
County Clackamas
Term Four years
I believe that a School Board should be a partner with all of its families. I will continue my efforts to build bridges to connect all stakeholders in Gladstone. I am committed to decreasing and eliminating achievement gaps, as is the rest of the Gladstone School Board. We will resume a series of equity trainings to help us deepen our understanding of our community and embrace its diversity. We began this journey before COVID shut us down. We will resume it in earnest as we come back together in person. We will also continue directing our staff to continue related trainings and professional development as we seek ways to improve the educational experience of all learners. All options are on the table when it comes to intervening and getting students back on track.
COVID forced all educators to re-think pretty much everything at every level and every location. We were forced to pivot to the almost exclusive use of online communication to keep parents and students informed and engaged. As the pandemic winds down, I'm interested in working with our technology experts to make the best use of new solutions we have found that have worked well. In many ways, new strategies that we were forced to learn under COVID will continue to serve us well if we learn to use them to augment our person-to-person and other traditional means of communication. I am wary of tech "solutions" that bridged a gap during the epidemic but now disconnect or alienate families as we return to a more traditional way of educating the children in our community. I believe that by successfully blending our "old ways" and "new ways" of communication we will increase and improve the role of parents in the education of their children.
COVID has had a major impact on school budgets and spending priorities. We have new short-term and mid-term expenses such as new cleaning regimens and personal protective gear, to long-term expenses for air movement and filtration in every classroom. We have been adjusting our budget as new requirements came into focus. We are hopeful that federal funding will offset some of our COVID-related costs so that we can get back to re-invigorating our schools with Oregon's new revenue streams (e.g. Student Investment Account). Oregon taxpayers generously approved a new funding source, but all plans were halted as in-person instruction came to a halt. I have been concerned about this since we first shut down in-person instruction. I will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that we're meeting our obligations responsibly and budgeting in a manner that allows us to continue well into the future.
Creo que una Junta Escolar debería ser un socio de todas sus familias. Continuaré mis esfuerzos para construir puentes para conectar a todas las partes interesadas en Gladstone. Estoy comprometido a disminuir y eliminar las brechas en el rendimiento, al igual que el resto de la Junta Escolar de Gladstone. Reanudaremos una serie de capacitaciones sobre equidad para ayudarnos a profundizar nuestra comprensión de nuestra comunidad y aceptar su diversidad. Comenzamos este viaje antes de que COVID nos cerrara. Lo reanudaremos en serio a medida que volvamos a estar juntos en persona. También continuaremos dirigiendo a nuestro personal para que continúe con las capacitaciones relacionadas y el desarrollo profesional mientras buscamos formas de mejorar la experiencia educativa de todos los alumnos. Todas las opciones están sobre la mesa cuando se trata de intervenir y hacer que los estudiantes vuelvan a encaminarse.
COVID obligó a todos los educadores a repensar prácticamente todo en todos los niveles y ubicaciones. Nos vimos obligados a pasar al uso casi exclusivo de la comunicación en línea para mantener a los padres y estudiantes informados y comprometidos. A medida que la pandemia se apaga, estoy interesado en trabajar con nuestros expertos en tecnología para hacer el mejor uso de las nuevas soluciones que hemos encontrado que han funcionado bien. De muchas maneras, las nuevas estrategias que nos vimos obligados a aprender bajo COVID continuarán sirviéndonos bien si aprendemos a usarlas para aumentar nuestra comunicación de persona a persona y otros medios tradicionales de comunicación. Creo que al combinar con éxito nuestras "viejas formas" y "nuevas formas" de comunicación aumentaremos y mejoraremos el papel de los padres en la educación de sus hijos.
COVID ha tenido un gran impacto en los presupuestos escolares y las prioridades de gasto. Tenemos nuevos gastos a corto y mediano plazo, como nuevos regímenes de limpieza y equipo de protección personal, hasta gastos a largo plazo para el movimiento y la filtración del aire en cada aula. Hemos estado ajustando nuestro presupuesto a medida que se enfocaban nuevos requisitos. Tenemos la esperanza de que los fondos federales compensen algunos de nuestros costos relacionados con COVID para que podamos volver a revitalizar nuestras escuelas con las nuevas fuentes de ingresos de Oregon. Esto me ha preocupado desde que cerramos por primera vez la instrucción en persona. Continuaré trabajando con todas las partes interesadas para asegurar que estemos cumpliendo con nuestras obligaciones de manera responsable y presupuestando de una manera que nos permita continuar en el futuro.