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Gladstone School District Position 7

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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    Tracey Grant
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  • Magdalena McDowell
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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
Your Experience/Qualificatons Gladstone School Board Member 2017-present. Educator, North Clackamas School District. 1993-present Endorsed by Gladstone Teacher's Association. 2017 and 2021
With the onset of charter schools using hybrid models, school districts must compete to keep up with the learning needs of individual students. While some students thrive with in-person learning, others fair better working from home at their own pace. These students may also need to help family members with day care, work and other tasks that a traditional school may take away from their family. I believe in order ensure achieve student success, districts need to implement various learning opportunities. Regular attendance has proven to be one of the major contributing factors in academic achievement. Whether that be in person, through a hybrid model, or through a PLP (Personal Learning Plan) program with support from a highly qualified teacher. Students who regularly attend school, who feel safe and supported by their teachers will be more likely to graduate on time and begin their lives as successful members of their community.
Communication is always the key. This past year has created an entirely new family dynamic. To build this, a family must understand the importance of a schedule, a quiet, non distractive workplace and support from the entire household. As a teacher, I have created documents for schedules, daily check lists and stressed the importance of having a designated workspace away from the bedroom in order to achieve academic rigors. Taking breaks, walking around, talking together and sharing information is also key to a successful education. Parents need to understand the requirements and take part in their child's daily routine, communicate with teachers, and when they can, add in other essential elements of education like reading together, journaling and restricting technology time. Parents who work during the day can have check in times with their children. It also helps to coordinate the day before they go to work as well as follow up after the work and school day is completed.
School budgets have been affected by families leaving the district in order to find other means of educating their child. Staff reductions due to schools being closed (janitors, cooks, instruction assistants) have also played a major factor in how our budget is spent. Their role in the schools must reconfigured. As the student population decreases, as does the budget for the district. We can meet these challenges by prioritizing a multitude of learning opportunities for students, as well as redelegating funds to meet the needs of distance learning (new technology, document cameras, updated computers) Parents need to see that the district has their best interest at heart. As a district we must remain transparent in our communication with the public about our spending. Newsletters, recorded zoom meetings, regular emails and surveys all help to keep families engaged as to how the spending and budgets are being affected and how we can meet the new spending and budget challenges.
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