Lane Community College Zone 3
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 in the district. Employees of the district are not eligible. ORS 341.326(2), 341.275(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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Community college enrollment fluctuates widely due to economic and other factors, requiring fluctuations in the pool of adjunct professors. How will you work with faculty unions and college administration to assure educational excellence is not impacted by changes in enrollment?
What initiatives would you take or support to improve graduation and transfer rates for low-income students and students of color?
A 2019 Hope Center Survey of approximately 8,100 Oregon community college students indicated a significant number of students experienced basic needs insecurity (41% were food insecure, 52% housing insecure, 20% homeless). What steps can community colleges take to help these students achieve their educational goals in the face of such challenges?
Las inscripciones en los colegios comunitarios fluctúan ampliamente por factores económicos y de otra índole, los cuales requieren también cambios en el grupo del profesorado adjunto. ¿Cómo trabajará usted con los sindicatos de docentes y con la administración de estos colegios para garantizar que la excelencia educativa no se vea afectada por los cambios en las inscripciones?
¿Qué iniciativas tomaría o apoyaría usted para mejorar los índices de graduación y transferencia para estudiantes de bajos ingresos y estudiantes de color?
Una encuesta del Centro Hope 2019 Hope Center Survey con aproximadamente 8100 estudiantes de colegios comunitarios de Oregón indicó que una gran cantidad de estudiantes sufrió inseguridad de sus necesidades básicas (41% de inseguridad en la alimentación, 52% de inseguridad en la vivienda, y 20% de indigencia). ¿Qué pueden hacer los colegios comunitarios para ayudar a este sector estudiantil a alcanzar sus objetivos educativos frente a tales dificultades?
Town Where You Live
- Current member of Lane Community College Board of Education, Immediate past chair.
- Chair, Springfield Utility Board (SUB)
- President, Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation (SRDC)
- Past Chair, City Club of Springfield, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Lane Transit District Board.
2021 - 25
More than most educational settings, community colleges are required to meet the evolving needs of the community and students. This includes anticipating and responding to changes in skills and requirements of the work force; changes resulting from demographic and cultural changes within the community; and changes of an ever fluctuating economy and new technology. It is the role of Colleges such as Lane to be nimble and anticipate and respond to the ever-changing needs of our students, the work force, and our economy. This is best accomplished through collaboration between the administration of the college, students, the business community, and the management and union staff of the college. This requires constant attention of a highly engaged and informed leadership team and union staff of the College, with the Board of Education providing oversight. It is the responsibility of the Board of Education to assure collaboration, accountability, quality, and long-term financial viability.
The Board of Education is responsible to ensure that the learning environment of Lane Community College is one that nourishes and encourages low-income and students of color, as well as other marginalized students such as LGBT students, students who are single parents, women in transition, older students, and student Veterans. A starting point in creating this environment is applying an equity lens to policy decisions and practices of the college and appointment decisions made by the Board. The Board must ensure the commitment to equity from the Board is communicated to the college community, and that the commitment to equity is carried out with accountability tools in place to measure success.
The LCC administration specializes in understanding how to develop policy initiatives and programs tailored to meet the needs of marginalized students. The Board assures that these programs and policies need to reduce and eliminate barriers and incentivize success for all students.
It is clear that the needs of community college students will not be met by the institutions alone. The needs of community college students transcend the support services that can be funded by tuition and the state of Oregon. Meeting the needs of these students is essential to their success, to our economy, and to the businesses that rely upon them to graduate.
These needs can only be met through strategic collaboration. One such collaboration is the Pathways to Opportunity program (HB 4043). In many cases, college students qualify for a variety of public benefits such as food, housing, transportation assistance, subsidized health insurance, child-care support, and others. However, they are often unaware that they qualify or how to access these services. The Pathways to Opportunity program, is a relatively new program that will help students meet their basic needs so they can focus on their academic work and success.
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