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Warm Springs resident wants equitable representation, more transparency and better communication

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Warm Springs resident Jaylyn Suppah has filed for Jefferson County 509-J School Board Director, Position 3, the seat currently held by Tom Norton, Jr.

Suppah is a community planner with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a member of multiple education-related boards at the local, state and national level.

She currently manages a program that focuses on school dropout prevention, high school and career/college readiness, and trauma-informed, culturally relevant curriculum development.

"The current board needs equitable representation, more transparency, and better communication and involvement with the community so we can make the best decisions for our students," Suppah said. "My experience gives me the best fit to achieve these goals."

Suppah believes it's critical the school board better reflect the populations it serves.

According to Publicschoolreview.com, the makeup of the district's students includes 34% Native American and 34% Latino, with a total of 71% for all minority students. Caucasian students make up 29% of Jefferson County School District.

Suppah's early endorsers include the 28th Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Team Jamie for Oregon. Team Jamie for Oregon was co-founded by Terrebonne resident Jamie McLeod-Skinner to support emerging rural community leaders such as Suppah to bring new perspectives to office.

Suppah grew up in Simnasho on the Warm Springs Reservation and attended schools in the Jefferson County 509-J School District.

In high school, she played basketball for the lady White Buffalos. Her two children currently attend the Warm Springs K-8 Academy.

Suppah's campaign kicks off with an event for friends and supporters at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. Due to the pandemic, the kick-off will be virtual. People interested in attending can RSVP on Facebook at Jaylyn Suppah for School Board.


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