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Bills will run for Position 3, which will be vacated by outgoing board Chair Sara Pocklington.

The race for Lake Oswego School Board is on, as Brian Bills announced Friday, Jan. 22, that he would run for Position 3 on the board.

Three of the five board positions are up for election in May: Position 2 (held by Neelam Gupta, who is running for reelection), Position 3 (held by board Chair Sara Pocklington, who will not run for reelection) and Position 4 (held by Liz Hartman). The election is set for May 18. COURTESY PHOTO - Bills

Bills, who is described in a news release as a "local parent, education expert and small business owner," has three children with his partner Desi Schlotthauer and each is either attending school in the district or will do so at a later date.

After a career as a lawyer, Bills opened a business that offers educational counseling, test preparation and advice on admissions.

"Over the last 11 years, he has helped hundreds of students, many from LOSD, meet their academic goals, secure thousands of dollars in scholarships and get into the colleges of their dreams," the news release read.

Bills said if elected, he would prioritize increasing opportunity, equity, resilience and sustainability throughout the district.

"In Lake Oswego, our schools are at the heart of our community. Dedicated teachers, staff and parents work hard to provide our students with remarkable opportunities," Bills said in the release. "But today's students are graduating into a world with more than its fair share of uncertainty. The same is true for our schools: they are facing challenges that threaten our promise to provide every child with the best education possible."

Bills has prior experience as treasurer of the Forest Hills PTO Board and also volunteered on the Lake Oswego Junior High Student Affairs Committee. He served as a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee for LOSD and has coached Oregon Battle of the Books and Little Hoopers teams.

Filing for board positions opens Feb. 8.


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