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Lowell School District 71 Position 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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  • James A Chapman
    (N)

  • Jerry L Valencia
    (N)

Biographical Information

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) 937-2992
Campaign Address PO Box 376
Lowell, OR 97452
Town Where You Live Lowell
Your Experience/Qualificatons I was a teacher for 35 years and have been on the school board for 8 years. I am also on 3 other boards in Oregon which gives me experience in how boards work.
County Lane
Term third
In the Lowell School District we have acknowledged that disparities are takings place and have worked tirelessly to address them. First of all we have had Kindergarten through Third grade live and onsite since the start of September. We have hired additional staff and really focused hard on making major academic gains in these grade levels despite the Pandemic. Our Fourth – Sixth graders have been live and onsite since early January and the Jr/Sr High School have been onsite since mid-February. With extended after school programs and summer school programs we are hopeful that the gap will decrease. Additionally, we are ensuring that all students that need meals (seven days a week) whether onsite or Comprehensive Distance Learning are provided to them via drive through, onsite meals or on bus route deliveries. We also have a Family Services Director that is in constant contact with families that have academic disparities to help meet the needs of the students.
There are many avenues we have pursued to keep our families engaged in the day to day school operations. We have a weekly communication that is sent out in order to inform the parents and students of any changes that may be taking place as well as resources they can access if they are in need. We have also streamed interactive virtual events such as Title Night, Theatre performances, conferences etc. We have a School District Facebook and Twitter page that is updated daily to allow for constant communication of events and items that parents need to be aware of. Our Family Resource Director constantly reaches out to parents and gives them tools to help them support their children as needed. We have live streamed all School Board meetings as a way to allow parents to attend virtually to be as transparent as possible. Although it is difficult this year to have parents onsite we have though outside the box to bring the families inside the schools even though they cannot physically do that.
Our School District Budget hasn’t taken the hit as some have across the state. We have consistently pivoted and found innovative ways to ensure we are not losing out on any available monies. The ESSER 1-2-3 monies have helped tremendously with the addition of staff and other necessities needed to keep up with the ever changing guidance. We also have a Home School Charter Support Center (Bridge Charter Academy) that has seen increased enrollment that has offset some of the costs absorbed by the district during this unprecedented time. Spending priorities next year will be focused on paying down some debt services accrued over the last couple years for major building projects. This will allow us to hopefully build up a larger contingency in case another unforeseen situation happens like this again. We will meet these new challenges by continuing to offer free sports, free meals and consistent growth enrollment for our district by continued services that set our district apart from others
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