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Letters to the editor for the Herald-Pioneer edition of May 12, 2021 - Canby School Board endorsements aplenty

Magenheimer good choice for Canby School Board

We are writing in support of Sara Magenheimer for the Canby School Board. Our dairy has resided in Clackamas County for 45 years and we have had the pleasure of knowing Sara in various capacities.

Our dairy has a motto of "calm and consistent." This keeps the business running smoothly and our cattle happy. Sara is a true example of "calm and consistent," which is exactly what this school board needs.

In a time of crisis, Sara has been the level-headed voice we originally elected, and need to reelect. She's an involved PTO member in her children's school, heading up numerous projects and fundraisers, and teaches Sunday School at her church.

Sara has a solid understanding of what real leadership looks like and listens to both sides of the discussion. Please join us in reelecting Sara Magenheimer for school board.

Abbie Perrin

Perrin Family Dairy

Woodburn

The Herald-Pioneer.

Vissers brings perspective, experience to Canby board

Election Day rapidly approaches our school district, and we have a choice to make. Who will best represent us on the Canby School District Board?

I believe the answer is Shelly Vissers running for position 7.

Shelly's roots run five generations deep in Canby. I know her as a tireless volunteer, committee member and parent advocate at Carus School. In my experience, her word is her bond and her opinions are highly valued within the school and parent community. She is who you call when you need something done right or a levelheaded opinion on what is best for our kids.

As the mom of three Canby students, she has boots-on-the-ground experience. She advocates for a full return to the classroom with renewed focus on readin,g writing and math. Improved test scores and graduation rates rank high on her list of essential goals for the school district.

The due date for this special election is rapidly approaching. As you mark in your ballot, I ask that you fill in the box for Shelley Vissers. She brings the parent perspective to our board and a new energy that will benefit all the children of our district.

Wynter Nichols

Mulino

Zagyva has right qualities for school board candidate

If "all politics is local" is a true phrase, then few elections would be more important or consequential than the local school board. Therefore, it would make sense for voters to pick a person who is not only qualified, but also invested in the local school system.

In the race for position 4, that person is Mike Zagyva.

He is extremely qualified. Over the past four-plus decades, he has served the district admirably at all levels. He was a teacher at the elementary level, an administrator at the middle school and elementary levels, and has served on the Canby School Board of Directors. He is a proven leader who helped transition the school district through the unification process, and forged the change of Ackerman from a junior high to a middle school.

I was fortunate to teach at Ackerman during this period and can attest that Zagyva knows how to get people motivated and facilitate change.

Service has always been a lifestyle for Mike. From service to his country in the military, to service for the parishioners of his church. And, of course, his lengthy service to the community through his work at CSD. Zagyva has multiple grandchildren who attend Canby's schools. Nothing is more important to him than investing in the next generation.

Canby would be wise to invest in their schools by voting for Mike Zagyva for Postion 4.

Jim Schmieding

Sandy

Vissers would be good addition to school board

As a resident, parent and teacher in the Canby School District, I offer my full endorsement of Shelley Vissers as an important voice that needs to be included on the Canby School Board.

Shelley is a long-time resident of Canby with a long history of community involvement in our schools. During the past two years it has been my pleasure to work alongside Shelley as she volunteered multiple times a week at our elementary school, helping run our student council and TAG extension program, as well as daily support in classrooms, reading with kids and filling many other needs that arise.

She has a strong understanding of the daily educational realities our students and teachers face. Shelley is willing to roll up her sleeves and work alongside teachers and students in many different aspects to improve our schools. Shelly desires to work toward improving the academic environment and school engagement in our community.

Shelley wants to return kids fully back to the classroom, increase educational focus on reading, writing and math and increase graduation rates.

Shelley fights tirelessly for kids to have a well-rounded, top-notch education and pushes schools to do their best for students. She listens to teachers and fights to support their needs. She values public education and wants to help improve our schools.

Please join me in voting for Shelley Vissers for Canby School Board position 7.

Kara Dewar

Canby

Vissers can provide perspective, leadership on board

I am writing in support of Shelley Vissers, school board candidate, position 7 director. It has been my great pleasure to know Shelley for a few years through their local business as well as her mentorship of youth in the community through youth sports. It is obvious that Shelley cares a great deal about the youth and families in our community.

Later, as a district nurse, I was able to observe Shelley in a different light as she volunteered at her children's school. There, she was a great advocate for TAG students, volunteering weekly, and helping run the only successful elementary TAG program in our district that I was aware of.

In addition, Shelley was often at school in various other capacities volunteering with PTO, helping with vision screening or picture day, as well as other supports. Shelley knows what it is like to work beside her educators and school staff who, in my observation, respect her and appreciate her.

Shelley has strong ties to the Canby community, owning a successful business, having gone through Canby schools, as well as having kids in Canby schools. She believes in public education. Shelley works well with a team and understands the importance of other viewpoints and compromise. Shelley has a strong work ethic, respects and supports educators and school staff and student families, is an excellent advocate and problem-solver, and is not afraid to have a voice for the underserved.

Makayla Ramirez

Former CSD nurse

Woodburn

Zagyva a good fit for Canby School Board

With the election slated for May 18, I urge you to do two things:

1. Exercise your right and responsibility to cast your ballot. Voting by mail as we do in Oregon makes voting incredibly easy and not time-consuming. And, you do not even have to provide a stamp.

2. When you vote, mark your ballot for Mike Zagyva for Canby School Board. Mike has been a member of the Canby community for more than 40 years and ticks all the boxes, making him the best candidate for the job.

He currently is serving on the board, his kids have all attended the Canby schools K-12, he served as a teacher and administrator in Canby schools until his retirement, and he is a retired Oregon National Guardsman, serving our state and our country.

His leadership and people skills are off the chart. Mike is not part of any group trying to stack the school board to further any specific agenda. Instead, as he has always done, Mike wants to provide the best education and all-around school experience possible to all Canby kid, K-12.

I strongly urge a vote to return Mike Zagyva to the Canby District School Board.

Scott Thompson

Canby

Dilkes has all the qualities needed for school board

To the editor:

Angi Dilkes has been an outstanding member of the Canby School District for the past eight years. Her leadership as the board chair has seen us through some difficult times. She has proven to be a sensible and strong supporter of students, while ensuring a variety of voices and opinions from the community are heard.

I personally witnessed these leadership skills as a fellow robotics coach at Canby High School. Angi masterfully facilitated intense conversations between students with differing ideas and helped them find areas of consensus or concession so they could continue working towards a common goal.

This quality is of the utmost importance in a school board member who must be responsive to the diverse values, beliefs and priorities of their community, while making certain that our kids' education and success is the common goal.

Angi pours her heart, mind, and energy into ensuring that kids in Canby have the opportunities and education they deserve! Her perspective is strengthened by the experience of being a parent of a current student and graduate of Canby School district.

Please join me in voting for Angi Dilkes to the Canby School Board! Submit your ballot by May 18.

Jennifer Gingerich

Canby


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