Wallin, Aird win LO school board seats
John Wallin and Kirsten Aird are set to join the Lake Oswego School Board.
With 10,595 votes counted as of Wednesday, Wallin — the incumbent in Position 1 — led with 6,553 votes (62 percent) to Kelly Calabria's 4,042 (38 percent). Aird, who ran unopposed, had 100 percent of the 7,959 votes cast for Position 5.
"Thank you to Kelly for running a great race," Wallin said in a press release Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work for our students. I'm more focused than ever on working to make Lake Oswego schools safe and healthy places where our students can be their most successful selves."
Calabria and her supporters remained hopeful as the prelimary results came in, but she shared her congratulations to Wallin later in the evening. "Congratulations to Mr. Wallin on winning a very competitive campaign," Calabria said. "I and my supporters are most certainly going to stay involved in making sure we work as one community and collaborate in making every student future-ready."
Aird said she is looking forward to joining the board.
"Over the next four years there will be many exciting things happening," Aird said in the release. "I am looking forward to welcoming a new superintendent, building a new Lakeridge Middle School, updating and enhancing other school properties, investing additional public resources for teachers and infrastructure and celebrating the graduation of thousands of students. I am ready to be your voice and serve you through the triumphs and inevitable challenges that lie ahead. Only together can we build the world class school district that we all want for our children and community."
While Aird ran unopposed for outgoing school board chair Bob Barman's seat, Wallin and Calabria staged a spirited battle for Position 1.
Wallin, who works as director of technical communications for AppNexus, was first elected to the school board in 2015; since then he has served a year as board chair (from 2017 to 2018) and played a significant role in the passage of a $187 million school bond in 2017. He also helped the district recruit incoming superintendent Lora de la Cruz and said his proudest accomplishment was leading the effort to change secondary school start times in accordance with adolescent sleep patterns.
"We have made great strides in the past four years and I'm energized to continue the momentum towards a safer, more inclusive environment that helps all our students be their most successful selves," Wallin said.
Calabria, a Lake Oswego native who is the founder of the small business Kelly's Jelly and also works as a real estate agent, began her campaign as a newcomer on the schools scene. She previously served on the Lake Oswego Citizen's Budget Committee and the Natural Resources Advisory Board, and built a broad base of support throughout a campaign that emphasized improved communication and transparency from the school district.
Aird is a board member of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation and chair of the Palisades Neighborhood Association. A public health professional who currently works with the Oregon Health Authority, she also has prior experience working on the LOSD Elementary Task Force.