The Hillsboro School Board will look drastically different in July, with four new members elected on May 16. Janeen Sollman is stepping down to focus on her responsibilities as a state representative. Erika Lopez, the second Latina ever elected to the Hillsboro School Board, will take her place. Vice Chair Glenn Miller was defeated by political newcomer Mark Watson. Monte Akers was defeated by Martin Granum, who currently serves on the Bond Advisory committee. Erik Seligman is also stepping down. His position will be filled by Jaci Spross. All four newly elected school board members were endorsed by the Washington County Democrats and Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon. You can read the school district’s press release here.
The Hillsboro Signal has compiled voter’s guides for the May 16 Hillsboro School Board elections. Remember to turn your ballot in on time! Position 1: Jennifer Brandse, April Davis, Erika Lopez Position 2: Glenn Miller, Mark Watson Position 3: Monte Akers, Martin Granum Position 6: Kevin Currin-Smith, Alexander Flores, Brian Lyles, Jaci Spross Related Links: Washington County Voters’ Pamphlet
Voter’s Guide: Hillsboro School Board Position 2 Issue Miller Watson School Funding Supports the bond, lobbying the State, potential future levy Supports the bond, lobbying the state, potential future levy Climate Change Not an ‘ideologue’, address both sides Science, not ‘hokum’ Contraceptives in school-based health clinics Voted No Supports contraceptives with parental notification If revisited, would vote yes On School Funding Mark Watson supports the proposed facilities bond. For the operating budget, he said, “securing more stable funding in Salem is key.” Says if a levy were proposed, it should be in addition to stable funding from the state, “to make us more competitive with our neighbors.” He wants to see poll numbers before deciding whether or not it[…]
Issue Brandse Davis Lopez Funding Supports proposed bond Would support an operating levy Supports proposed bond Hopes to avoid an operating levy Supports proposed bond Planning to ask for operating levy Contraceptives at school-based health clinics Would revisit, vote yes Would have voted no Supports contraceptives with parental notification Would revisit, vote yes Strategies for Increasing the Graduation Rate Respond to needs of individual students Focus on parental involvement and at-risk students Dual Credit & Internship Programs Replicate the success of CHICAs program On School Funding Jennifer Brandse thinks the community needs more education around the funding needs of our school district. As a member of the school board, she said she would also “explain to people in Salem[…]
Quick Guide: Hillsboro School Board Position 3 Issue Monte Akers Martin Granum Budget & Funding Supports pursuing additional funding through the proposed bond, future levy, and lobbying the state. Thinks the school district budget could be more efficient Supports pursuing additional funding through the proposed bond, future levy, and lobbying the state. Thinks the school district budget is very efficient. Contraceptives at school-based health clinics Voted No Supports contraceptives with parental notification Would revisit, vote yes Supports equitable access to healthcare for male and female students. Strategies for increasing graduation rate Accountability: Goal of increasing the graduation rate by 1% each year is tied to the Superintendent’s evaluation and the district’s Strategic plan. Emphasis on the Quality Education Model, particularly[…]