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Writers support incumbents, challengers for three open Forest Grove School Board positions May 16

John Hayes best

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Not often is a community lucky enough to have a skilled leader who is willing to put in the hours to make this better place to live. John Hayes is that person. Even before his steady leadership of the Forest Grove School Board, where he has developed a strong voice for our students in Salem, John was promoting the interests of our students.

When the Forest Grove schools were cutting their music program, John as the Dean at Pacific developed a music program for our second- through eighth-grade students at Pacific. Also in the years he was Dean, he furthered Pacific's program that allows Forest Grove High School students to take classes at Pacific.

I have worked with John for the past 12 years on the Fernhill Wetlands Council, and thus have seen personally his leadership abilities. One aspect that I admire most about John is his commitment to make our city and the world in general a better place to live. He works without preaching and most importantly, he is always honest. For me honesty is the most important aspect of a leader. I always know where I stand with John and this allow for honest discussion and the ability to make progress on whatever issue is being considered.

I cannot imagine how much the Forest Grove schools would lose if John is not reelected to the school board. His advocacy for our children's welfare cannot be lost. I urge one and all to vote for John Hayes for the Forest Grove School Board.

Tom Beck

Forest Grove

We need new school board members

It's time for new school board members. We need school board members whose first priority is our community and our students, not our superintendent. There have been decisions made, and approved by the board which have had unfortunate outcomes. We had a human resources director for a time whose office created chaos in the district and damaged many good relationships during the months she was employed. By appointing an interim Director of Special Education, we lose out on having the real thing. It's too important a job to fill temporarily.

As a school district, Forest Grove used to be about the education and development of our community's students first and foremost. These days it's hard to know what guides and drives us, but it feels like we just want to look like we're doing the job.

I'm voting for new voices on the school board and encourage you to, as well.

Kathy Turner

Forest Grove

Keep incumbents on Forest Grove School Board

I am retired. We moved from Ohio to live in Forest Grove three years ago. For the last 17 years, I have volunteered in my public school districts (now Forest Grove) as a tutor, tax levy campaigner and Board of Education member.

I have attended every Board of Education meeting (in Forest Grove) for the last three years, as well as both recent candidate forums, and I am serving my third year on the Forest Grove School Disrtict Budget Committee. These are my views.

Our schools are still recovering from the deepest financial recession in this country for the last 100 years. Under the guidance of our current board members and our Superintendent, finances have improved, the graduation rate has risen and academic achievement is progressing.

The most important qualification for a position on the Board of Education is board experience, because governing, not managing, is the duty of a board. Teaching experience is a valuable qualifier for teaching, but not for board membership.

Whatever your conviction is about this election, it is important that you mark your ballot and mail it in.

If you want to continue the progress in our schools, without the interruption of a learning period for replacement members on the board, vote to reelect the three incumbents. If you are not sure, their names are: Lonnie Winkler, John Hayes and Charless Waterman.

Bob Hill

Forest Grove

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