I observed my birthday yesterday by participating in our school district budget meeting. Wendland

It is an unusual way to mark the occasion, but a very satisfying one. Watching 10 volunteer budget committee and school board members dedicate their time to ensuring that we manage our tax dollars and donations from our generous community speaks volumes about how much people care about providing the best education for our children.

Last week, we had a school board meeting where amazing students from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School demonstrated a high level of skill showing how the robot they built from scratch could precisely thrust Frisbees at specific targets. Their robotics team successfully competes at state and national levels.  

In a few short weeks, we will graduate the class of 2013. Their achievements are to be commended. They have worked hard to master rigorous course work, competed in sports, performed in the arts and participated in a wide range of enriching programs and activities. Getting a diploma from our district is not easy. But it is certainly rewarding.

Every week, I read in the Lake Oswego Review about our remarkable kids and what they accomplish. We are fortunate to live in Lake Oswego. This is a great and supportive community. We value education and set high expectations to ensure we have the best conditions possible to educate our children. In turn, our students perform and excel at the highest levels in the state.

This deep-rooted culture of high-performing academics from kindergarten through high school is just as evident today as it was when I went to school in Lake Oswego. I think parents are more engaged and involved now, but the premise of providing our children with a good education has always held true in this community. I have been on the school board the past four years and am running for re-election for Position 3. Thank you to the many people who have written letters supporting my candidacy, endorsed me, “liked” my Facebook page or have logged on to to go to read about my priorities and experience. It seems to me that most people in Lake Oswego share my view that while we have work to do, problems to solve and hard decisions to make in the coming years, we still have one common and resolute belief. We are one community that values education and works collaboratively to sustain outstanding public schools. The heart and soul of our community is the way we pull together for our children. There is still important work to be done and I would like the privilege of serving the citizens of Lake Oswego for four more years.

The board has many hard decisions to make for the long-term benefit of our district. We need to close the current budget gap and transition our district leadership when we hire a new superintendent next year. And we must pass the local option next fall.

Above all, we need to sustain the longstanding culture of high achievement, continuous improvement and building community through the everyday efforts of our outstanding staff, motivated students and engaged parents. I humbly ask for your support by filling out your ballot and voting for John Wendland for Lake Oswego School Board.

John Wendland, Lake Oswego, currently serves as chairman of the Lake Oswego School Board. He is running for re-election for Position 3.

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