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Damascus resident, COO of Self Enhancement Inc., to fill seat vacated by Trisha Claxton

After a Jan. 24 vote, Libra Forde will fill the vacancy on the North Clackamas School Board left by Trisha Claxton.

Libra FordeForde said that serving in district volunteer positions was the least she could do to repay NCSD for what it provides local children, including her own.

"It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the position on the North Clackamas School Board," Forde said following the meeting. "I am looking forward to serving the youth, families and educators of the community my family calls home."

Forde lives in Damascus and works as the chief operating officer at Self Enhancement Inc., a Portland nonprofit that focuses on supporting underserved youth in local schools through mentoring programs for students, parents and continued support following students' graduation from high school.

As previously reported, NCSD's six remaining board members had been considering nine applicants to replace Claxton, who resigned from the board in early November due to what she described as "unforeseen health issues." Four of the board members voted for Forde in the second round of voting for Claxton's replacement, obviating the need for a third round of voting. Forde therefore will complete the rest of Claxton's term through June 30 and may run for election to a full term in May.

Forde has served as a member of the Rock Creek Middle School Council, as the PTO treasurer of Clackamas High School and as a member of the School Naming Committee.

Forde's extensive background in education and volunteering includes filling a variety of roles during an eight-year stint with national education company K12, as well as board positions at Insight School of Oregon, Piedmont Rose and Clackamas Women's Services. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned her master's degree in business administration and doctorate degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

In an application for appointment to the school board, Forde's vision of public education emphasized accessibility and availability for all. She said her "not often heard" experience "as a single minority parent" will provide a new lens for district decision-making.

Forde's three children have all attended North Clackamas schools since her family moved to Oregon in 2014.

"I see myself as a servant of the district youth and families who must be available and capable of listening and engaging with all," she wrote.

Forde will need to win local voters' support in this May's special-district election in order to continue on the board after June. She is set to be sworn in during the board's Feb. 14 meeting.

With a deadline of March 21, you can file for local May 21 school board elections starting Feb. 9.

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