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Oakridge School District 76 Position 2

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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  • Susan M Hardy
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    August Reed
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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?

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Town Where You Live Oakridge
I believe year round schooling is a great option consider to help with gaps in the classrooms. We can eliminate the large summer break and create smaller breaks throughout the school year. This will also help with childcare for families in our communities. Another option is offering summer school to all students. When they practice their skills through the summer, they retain more of the information they learned. Also offering activities at the city library and bringing back the Summer Arts Program will help bridge the gap when returning to the classrooms. Making summer learning fun and available for our students is key here.
Parents need to be informed on what is going on at school. Open communication is the key to parent involvement. Providing opportunities for parents to get involved in the classroom is also very important. Parents and staff are the support system for our students. They need to be in touch regularly for the students to have the best education possible. We need to encourage reaching out when there is an issue instead of keeping it just at home or just at school. Parent/Teacher teamwork is crucial.
Our school board recently approved $97,000 on 60 additional lockers. 30 extra lockers were placed in each locker room. The district said we need to space out the students due to COVID-19. This is an expensive solution to a short term problem. That money would have been better spent on hiring extra staff to sanitize. That helps the community as well by providing jobs to locals. This would be a more cost effective solution. If having lockers truly is a need, I am sure that we could find a more budget friendly option. In these times, we need to be wise with where we spend money and how much we are spending.
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