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North Bend School District 13 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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    Julianna Seldon
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  • Julie Thies
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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 North Bend
Your Experience/Qualificatons I have served on the North Bend School board for 8 years. During that time, I have served on the Union Negotiation Committee, Policy Committee, Bond Development Committee, and Budget Committee; I have also attended multiple board trainings and conferences. I have served as Board chair for the past 2 ½ years. In addition, I have worked in education my whole adult life. I have been both a teacher and director in Early Childhood Education and now work with staff and students at SWOCC.
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Term 2021-2025
This is something the district has been in conversations about since the beginning of the pandemic. There will need to be multiple strategies and it will be important to get teachers' input, as they will have the most direct knowledge of where students are at. In addition, the board has directed our superintendent to make Equity and Inclusion work a priority of the district. This work will help increase the success of all students, both in academics and as people. As a board member, I will continue to work with the board and superintendent to make sure we are using our resources, both financial and human, to create and continue services such as summer programs, mental health services, tutoring and intensive learning programs, and family involvement strategies. I believe it is also important to think about changing our narrative- let’s not label students as “behind” or “below”, let’s focus on different and better strategies to meet them where they are and build on their strengths.
Schools must be a welcoming place for all families. Our board has spent this year creating a plan to increase family involvement and board interactions with our community. Our plan includes hosting various events, meeting families at school events, providing food and child care at events where family participation is encouraged, and using our website and social media platforms to increase awareness and interaction. Part of the equity work the district has engaged in includes making sure all families are invited to the table and those who have traditionally felt estranged from the school system are actively invited, listened to, and encouraged. I will keep this in mind as I help plan events for the board. I strongly support having families involved in the education process and would continue to support it as a continuing board member.
There are 2 parts to the impact of the pandemic on school budgets. First, there is impact to state revenues; we do not yet know the true extent or long-term impact. So far, we have been lucky to not have a reduction in funding and have had a cushion with the new Student Investment Account. The challenge for us moving forward will be making sure our budget has provisions for cuts if absolutely needed but also looks to the future and has plans for improvements if the budget does increase. It is important to be strategic about putting money where it will have the most impact on student success. Second, the pandemic will have long term effects on our budget due to increased needs of the district due to COVID. This includes supplies such as PPE, cleaning products, building upgrades, technology infrastructure, etc. It will also include personnel to meet the on-going and long-term additional needs of students and the maintenance of school buildings. These will need to be a priority.
Esto es algo sobre lo que el distrito ha estado en conversaciones desde el comienzo de la pandemia. Tendrá que haber múltiples estrategias y será importante obtener la aportación de los maestros, ya que tendrán el conocimiento más directo de dónde están los estudiantes. Además, la junta ha ordenado a nuestro superintendente que haga que equidad e inclusión funcione como una prioridad del distrito. Este trabajo ayudará a aumentar el éxito de todos los estudiantes, tanto en lo académico como en como personas. Como miembro de la junta, continuaré trabajando con la junta y el superintendente para asegurarme de que estamos utilizando nuestros recursos, tanto financieros como humanos, para crear y continuar servicios tales como programas de verano, servicios de salud mental, tutorías y programas de aprendizaje intensivo, y estrategias de participación familiar.

Las escuelas deben ser un lugar acogedor para todas las familias. Nuestra junta ha pasado este año creando un plan para aumentar la participación familiar y las interacciones de la junta con nuestra comunidad. Nuestro plan incluye la organización de diversos eventos, la reunión de familias en eventos escolares, proporcionar alimentos y cuidado de niños en eventos donde se fomenta la participación familiar, y el uso de nuestro sitio web y plataformas de redes sociales para aumentar la concienciación y la interacción.

Parte del trabajo de equidad en el que se ha dedicado el distrito incluye asegurarse de que todas las familias sean invitadas a la mesa y aquellos que tradicionalmente se han sentido alejados del sistema escolar son invitados, escuchados y alentados activamente. Voy a tener esto en cuenta mientras ayudo a planificar eventos para la junta. Apoyo firmemente tener familias involucradas en el proceso de educación y continuaría ayándolo como miembro continuo de la junta.
Hay 2 partes del impacto de la pandemia en los presupuestos escolares. En primer lugar, hay impacto en los ingresos estatales; todavía no sabemos la verdadera extensión o el impacto a largo plazo. Hasta ahora, hemos tenido la suerte de no tener una reducción en la financiación y hemos tenido un colchón con la nueva Cuenta de Inversión Estudiantil. El desafío para nosotros en el futuro será asegurarnos de que nuestro presupuesto tenga disposiciones para recortes si es absolutamente necesario, pero también mira hacia el futuro y tiene planes de mejora si el presupuesto aumenta. Es importante ser estratégico para poner dinero donde tendrá más impacto en el éxito estudiantil. En segundo lugar, la pandemia tendrá efectos en nuestro presupuesto debido al aumento de las necesidades debido a COVID. Esto incluye PPE, productos de limpieza, mejoras de edificios, infraestructura tecnológica, etc. También incluirá personal para satisfacer las necesidades adicionales a largo plazo de los estudian
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