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Martha Spiers: The fact that I notified the complainants the very next day of our unwitting error should be evidence enough that we did not try to hide our mistake.

I would like nothing more than for the public to have a full accounting of the circumstances around the ethics complaint and the procedural error made by the Oregon City School Board on Dec. 16, 2019.

Martha SpiersUnfortunately, until the investigation is complete, I am unable to comment on the specifics of the original complaint and the complaint investigation completed by the district. It is my understanding that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission investigation will be completed on or about April 30, and that the district will respond with full transparency at that time. I will be first in line to welcome that day.

What I will say about the procedural error made on Dec. 16 is that it was really nothing more nefarious than a procedural error. For whatever reason, the error escaped us all, though we should have known better. No excuses. The fact that I notified the complainants the very next day of our unwitting error should be evidence enough that we did not try to hide our mistake. We are embarrassed that it happened and deserve whatever sanctions we receive from the ethics commission on that score.

Thank you for your interest in getting to the truth, unfortunately, we will need to wait until the beginning of May to get the most accurate information.

Martha Spiers, chair of the Oregon City School Board, is running for reelection on the May 18 ballot.


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