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Lincoln County School District Zone 4

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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    Peter Vince
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    Stephen Vogel
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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?

Campaign Phone (public) (541) 351-1644
Town Where You Live Toledo
Your Experience/Qualificatons I am a retired teacher with 33 years experience, including 28 years teaching English, Spanish, and Journalism at Toledo High School. I developed innovative programs that included Video Production, the integrated, project based Systems and Cycles class, and positive climate building leadership classes. My Video Production program included multi-camera field production which recorded and live-streamed the Newport and Toledo City Council meetings from 2008 to 2016.
County Lincoln
Term Zone Four
First off, let me say that my understanding of the role of school board members is to develop and approve policies that govern how school districts operate.

That said, I am fully in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies that address disparities in student achievement across a variety of student demographic distinctions, most especially those groups commonly referred to as underrepresented. In fact, I believe that these achievement deficits should be among the highest priorities of the Lincoln County School District. As a board member I would be adamant that the policies we adopt be evaluated for their effectiveness annually, and, if found wanting, changed and improved until the achievement gap disappears.

It looks like LCSD will be receiving supplemental revenue on the order of $5.7 M for instruction and $1.2 M for support services. Some of these monies will be allocated to developing summer school opportunities for our students.
Family support of student learning is key to achievement. Covid has highlighted this truth even further. The challenge comes when families are stretched economically. This is especially true in Lincoln County which was impacted more severely than most counties. These are macro issues best resolved at the federal and state level.

However, the district at its own level will need to create policies that further reach out to parents and families and bring them into the decision making process. The educational landscape has changed over the past 18 months and the future will contain multiple avenues for education. Online learning, Comprehensive Distance Learning, hybrid learning, in-person learning, GED all will be options. School staff can inform families about what these options mean for their children. The board can provide guidance through policies that require district staff to reach out to families to help them make these decisions. It must be a collaboration with families.
Fortunately, with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, it looks like federal money will be adequate to address any shortfall in revenue at the state level and school districts will be held harmless in terms of funding. This is really good news. Of course, the state legislature is still meeting and no final budget numbers for education have been set. But, I am hopeful that the Lincoln County School District will see a continuation of services budget.

I think that there will be many post Covid challenges. Redeveloping school building climates that support learning and student growth will be a challenge. At the same time, I view the challenge as an opportunity for the district to develop policies that reengage students in their learning in a more meaningful, impactful way. My further hope is that additional funding will help address the financial needs that these policies of reengagement require. It’s critical that we are effective in meeting these needs.
En primer lugar, permítanme decirles que mi comprensión del papel de los miembros de la junta escolar es desarrollar y aprobar políticas que gobiernen cómo operan los distritos escolares.

Dicho esto, estoy totalmente a favor de las políticas de diversidad, equidad e inclusión que abordan las disparidades en el rendimiento de los estudiantes en una variedad de distinciones demográficas de los estudiantes, más especialmente aquellos grupos comúnmente referidos como subrepresentados. De hecho, creo que estos déficits de rendimiento deberían estar entre las más altas prioridades del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lincoln. Como miembro de la junta, insistiría en que las políticas que adoptemos se evalúen anualmente para determinar su efectividad y, si se determina que son deficientes, se cambiarán y mejorarán hasta que desaparezca la brecha de rendimiento.
El apoyo familiar al aprendizaje de los estudiantes es clave para el logro. Covid ha destacado esta verdad aún más. El desafío surge cuando las familias se estiran económicamente. Esto es especialmente cierto en el condado de Lincoln, que se vio más afectado que la mayoría. Estos son problemas macro que se resuelven mejor a nivel federal y estatal.

El distrito en su propio nivel necesitará crear políticas que lleguen más a los padres y familias y los pongan en el proceso de toma de decisiones. El panorama educativo ha cambiado en los últimos 18 meses y el futuro contendrá múltiples vías para la educación. El aprendizaje en línea, el aprendizaje a distancia integral, el aprendizaje híbrido, el aprendizaje en persona y el GED serán opciones. El personal de la escuela puede informar a las familias sobre lo que significan estas opciones para sus hijos. La junta puede brindar orientación a través de políticas que requieren que el personal del distrito se comunique con las familias.
Afortunadamente, con la aprobación del Plan de Rescate Estadounidense, parece que el dinero federal será suficiente para abordar cualquier déficit en los ingresos a nivel estatal y los distritos escolares se mantendrán inofensivos en términos de financiamiento. Esta es una muy buena noticia. Por supuesto, la legislatura estatal aún se está reuniendo y no se han establecido cifras presupuestarias finales para la educación. Pero tengo la esperanza de que el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lincoln vea una continuación del presupuesto de servicios.

Creo que habrá muchos desafíos posteriores a Covid. El redesarrollo de entornos de construcción escolar que apoyen el aprendizaje y el crecimiento de los estudiantes será un desafío. Al mismo tiempo, veo el desafío como una oportunidad para que el distrito desarrolle políticas que vuelvan a involucrar a los estudiantes en su aprendizaje de una manera más significativa e impactante.
Town Where You Live Newport
Your Experience/Qualificatons Former Teacher and Foster Parent
County Lincoln
Rather than focus on groups or classifying students by social, ethnic, or educational backgrounds the emphasis should be on the individual student and meeting them where they are in their educational journey. We should consider that the at-home educators may be from profoundly diverse backgrounds and educational eras where techniques could vary greatly. Therefore the emphasis should be achieving individual progress with less emphasis on meeting centralized methodology.
While parents are not typically subject matter experts, they are experts on their children and are the greatest advocates as well as having the child's best interest in mind. The best methods would support teacher involvement while minimizing the standardization of the educational process. The elevation of educational elitism is, at it's core, classism and racist.. While objective goals should be met, centralized choices are detrimental to parental involvement, especially with the rapid advance of political emphasis on curriculum content, the objective and measurable advancement of each student should be held as a greater standard than a methodology that is promoted by a hierarchical system.
More than ever, the emphasis should be on retaining effective teachers and maintaining and expanding their instruction hours while winnowing the bureaucratic overhead and the expansion of the school as a tool of social change. The parents, from any background, is of paramount importance to the educational success of the student has been empirically demonstrated as fact. Releasing control and responsibility of outcome to parents will be an absolute imparitive.
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