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Hillsboro Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2017

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Letters to the Editor are written by Hillsboro-area readers on any local issue of public interest.

Watson would 'thoughtfully consider' policy on school board

I have worked closely with Mark Watson for nearly 17 years. We started a successful sports technology company together, building much of our workforce from Hillsboro schools. Mark knows the work ethic and basic skills our kids need when they graduate from high school to be well prepared for whatever comes next, be it college or the workforce.

Mark will work hard to ensure our kids have a wide variety of opportunities to develop important skills, learn about teamwork and stay engaged in school so they graduate.

As a business owner, Mark understands how leadership decisions directly affect people's lives. He will thoughtfully consider the impact that policies and decisions will have on our students, teachers, families, community and future of our schools themselves.

Our schools need people like Mark Watson to serve without any political agenda, always putting students first. Please vote for Mark Watson for Hillsboro School Board, Position 2.

Ken Rhodes, Portland


Support Jaci Spross for school board

Please join me in supporting Jaci Spross for position 6 on the Hillsboro School Board. I worked closely with Jaci at Century High School, where she was actively involved with her daughter's marching band and color guard experience.

Jaci is a problem solver, advocate for children, and an advocate for change. She certainly impacted the whole of that program in positive ways, and the school board would be lucky to have her in a position of servant leadership as an advocate for our future.

Jaci has a real gift for seeing opportunities, for bringing the right people together to solve a pressing issue, and for establishing real connections with students, parents and faculty.

Never losing sight of who is at the center of it all (the students), Jaci is driven, and her compassion is as contagious as her amazing laugh.

Vote for Jaci on May 16!

Kyla Archamboult, Beaverton


Miller, Davis deserve spots on school board

I am writing this letter in support of both Glenn Miller and April Davis who are running for the Hillsboro School Board.

Most voters don't actually get a chance to sit down and talk to candidates in person to find out more about their personal philosophy regarding what they stand for. I've had that opportunity on more than one occasion and I can tell you, our kids' education could not be in better hands. Having recently graduated two children from the district, I can say that this subject and the education of our children is very close to me.

Both Glenn and April are open-minded, calm, thoughtful and non-political in their beliefs. Rather than towing some ideology, they continually mentioned ideas and thoughts that were fully along the lines as to what is best for children, schools and the budget. I found this very refreshing.

There is nothing more important than the education of our children. I wholeheartedly trust these two individuals to make the best and most informed decisions regarding the future direction of this district and the priorities it undertakes for the benefit of children.

I strongly encourage you to cast your votes for Glenn Miller and April Davis for the Hillsboro School Board.

Jeff Hindley, Hillsboro


Vote Granum, Lopez, Spross, Watson for school board

The current election gives us a wonderful opportunity to create a Hillsboro School Board that finally reflects the needs and views of the community. Four candidates — Martin Granum, Erika Lopez, Jaci Spross and Mark Watson — are running together with a common belief that we can have a better, and more effective school board.

For decades, narrow majority votes on the board have brought us mistaken actions such as a resolution opposing the minimum wage increase, a refusal to ask voters for a local option levy and a vote forbidding the prescribing of contraceptives in the Virginia Garcia health clinic that uses school facilities.

If Granum, Lopez, Spross and Watson had been on the board we would not have had those important and unfortunate decisions.

Changing the world starts at the local level. At a time when many of us feel we've gone in the wrong direction, I hope voters will vote for Granum, Lopez, Spross and Watson to put us on the right path.

Walt Hellman, Hillsboro


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