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Two of the five races are contested in May 18 election as district readies new middle school

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Voters in the Corbett School District will elect five board members in the May 18 election, weighing in on two contested races and three with only one candidate.

The district is without a permanent superintendent and the board will have to decide on a new leader. Dan Wold has been the interim superintendent since August 2020.

The district is also remodeling a building down the road from the main campus for a new home for the middle school, offices and other uses. It should open in the fall of 2022.

Board chair Michelle Vo, who is unopposed for Position 3, and unopposed Position 6 incumbent Rebecca Bratton, did not submit their candidate information to The Outlook.

In the positions up for election, the terms end June 30, 2025, except for Position 6, which end June 30, 3023.

Position 2

Name: Vanessa LyonCOURTESY PHOTO - Vanessa Lyon

Age: 36

Occupation: Naturopathic physician and midwife

Children in Corbett schools: 2

Meetings attended in the last year: 10 or more

Favorite children's book: "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdsall

What is the one thing you think the school district could do better?

"Corbett has truly wonderful teachers and amazing students. The thing the district most needs for them to flourish has to do with safety and wellness. This includes seeing to completion a plan to provide a safe middle school building as well as robust mental health and counseling services for students. Last year, I advocated for more counselors and was able to help convince the board to commit additional FTE (full-time equivalent) for an additional school counselor."

Name: Todd MickalsonCOURTESY PHOTO - Todd Mickalson

Age: 44

Occupation: Limited Energy Electrical general foreman

Children in Corbett schools: 1 and 1 graduated

Meetings attended in the last year: All school board and related meetings.

Favorite children's book: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," by Jeff Kinney

What is the one thing you think the school district could do better?

"Keep working on building community trust."

Position 4

Name: Leah FredericksCOURTESY PHOTO - Leah Fredericks

Age: 47

Occupation: Development manager, communications

Children in Corbett schools: 1

Meetings attended in the last year: 12

Favorite children's book: "Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Shel Silverstein

What is the one thing you think the school district could do better?

"The district needs to improve in areas of student health and safety. Our middle school building needs replacement and the district is severely lacking in mental and emotional health resources for students. Recently, a bond measure was passed for facility improvements and funding was allocated for mental health staff. Having been involved at a community level in driving these changes, I look forward to hiring a superintendent that can implement and improve upon them." 

David Granberg COURTESY PHOTO - David Granberg

Age: 41

Occupation: Electrician

Children in Corbett schools: 3

Meetings attended last year: about 12

Favorite children's book: "Clifford the Big Red Dog," by Norman Bridwell

What is the one thing you think the school district could do better?  

"Some people want to use the School Board as a chance to push their social, political and moral ideals on our kids in the schools. That's not me. I would like the school to focus on education. Then, based on a student's talents and skills help tailor their educational experience toward a path that will lead to success in their future, whether it be college, a trade, emergency or military services, technical training or other. "

Position 5

Name: Bob Buttke COURTESY PHOTO - Bob Buttke

Age: 68

Occupation: Small business owner, general contractor

Children in Corbett schools: 2 graduates

Meetings attended in the last year: All school board, budget committee, and Corbett Education Foundation meetings and meetings on the Woodard Campus Remodel project.

Favorite children's book: book: NA

What is the one thing you think the school district could do better?

"To say that there have been challenges this past year would be an understatement. But Corbett School District is the first district in Multnomah County to get kids back to the classroom. Our staff and parents have been the backbone of this difficult time.

"We have also been working hard on the Woodard Campus remodel and even though the process is slowed down by government office closures, it's pushing forward at a good pace."

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Key May 18 election dates

- April 28: ballots were mailed to voters.

- May 11: last day for voters to safely return ballots by mail.

- May 18: election day, ballots due by 8 p.m.


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