Former superintendent of North Marion School District brings 40 years of education experience

by: TYLER FRANCKE | WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - Linda Reeves is sworn onto the Woodburn School District's Board of Directors last week by board chairman David Vancil.Linda Reeves was appointed to the Woodburn School District last week to replace Eric Morris, who resigned last month following his son’s graduation.

Both Reeves and her husband, Jack, have a long and colorful background in education for Woodburn and other school districts in the region. Jack Reeves served as superintendent of the Woodburn School District for eight years, helping institute the district’s bilingual and International Baccalaureate programs and alter served on the school board.

Linda Reeves, on the other hand, is more well-known locally for her work with the North Marion School District, where she was superintendent for eight years and curriculum director before that. She’s also been a principal at two schools, including one in Lake Oswego, and a teacher.

More recently, she has served on the Woodburn School District budget committee and was active in the crafting and promotion of the district’s most recent bond measure, which was narrowly rejected by voters in May.

In all, her education experience has spanned more than four decades.

“My whole career has been in education, and I feel I know it from top to bottom,” Reeves said after the board’s decision July 2. “I think a strong community has strong schools, and I’m very dedicated to making a difference in the community I live in.”

Reeves was selected out of three total candidates, including Gina Freeland, the only parent to apply for the position, and Luis Juarez. The directors said all three were strong candidates, which made their decision a difficult one.

David Vancil, board chairman, said that during the directors’ interviews of the candidates, which took place on June 26, Juarez seemed to be a little confused about the role of a school board member. However, he admitted, his own views of what the position entailed were a bit nebulous when he first joined the board.

“This job is a learning curve,” he said.

The directors ultimately settled on Reeves because of her broader experience, both in education in general and Woodburn specifically, but hoped Juarez and Freeland would join one of the district’s committees and seek a school board seat again in the future.

“I liked all three of the candidates for varying reasons,” board director Linda Johnston said. “But Linda has got the experience I don’t think you can ignore.”

Reeves’ term is scheduled to run through June 2015.

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