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Five seats on the school board will be on the ballot for the May 21 primary election

The Newberg School District is inviting citizens of Zones 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 to run for school board this spring, with the election scheduled for May 21. The deadline to file with Yamhill County as an official candidate is March 21.

In order to file as a candidate for school board, citizens must have lived in their zone for more than a year prior to the election. All zones are for four-year terms except for Zone 4, which is only for two years in order to keep the board on a normal electoral cycle. Recently-appointed board member Ines Peña is expected to run for that position after filling Todd Thomas's seat in January.

Zone boundaries and other information can be found at

Brandy Penner, vice chairperson and Zone 2 director since her appointment in 2017, is among the members running for re-election. She said the right candidates for school board positions should be drawn to the job by a desire to serve their community, rather than sticking to one issue or fighting for a specific agenda.

"I think a lot of times people want to be involved on a board because they're passionate about something," Penner said. "You get on the board and you realize you're one part of a giant entity and you can have all the ideas in the world, but you have to look at the bigger picture."

Ultimately, board members must agree on issues before they can move forward. Providing servant leadership and being willing to compromise are both important actions to take as a board member, Penner said.

"The most important piece to remember when you're part of a school board is that you are a piece," she said. "Being on a board is amazing work because you have to come to a consensus. We speak as one voice – as the board."

That singular voice needs a variety of pitches in order to be successful, Penner said. Peña's appointment brought newfound diversity to the board and has already provided a "different and necessary perspective," Penner said. On a board of seven, she said it is important to have people like Peña advocating for underserved communities and the issues that affect them.

Balancing a school board position with a job or other aspects of life can be difficult. Penner said she is lucky to be a stay-at-home parent in addition, but she noted that others have full-time jobs to balance as well.

"I think that is one of the things that makes it difficult for people to run," she said. "Sometimes there's daytime meetings, sometimes there's traveling, sometimes there's meetings that go to 11:00 at night. It is definitely a challenge to balance it and that's why you have to have a passion for it."

For more information on how to file as a candidate for school board, visit The county clerk's office can be reached by phone at 503-434-7518 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School briefs

Register for CSLA webinar

C.S. Lewis Academy is inviting parents to an informational webinar at 8:30 a.m. March 5. According to a release by the private, K-12 school, the webinar will help parents "look under the hood at what motivates a decision for private school education and give you tips and suggestions for working tuition into your family budget."

For those unable to watch the webinar live, completing registration for the event will allow access to a recording after it is over. In order to register and learn more about C.S. Lewis Academy, visit and click on the yellow pop-up in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Kindergarten registration in April

Newberg and Dundee elementary schools are hosting a kindergarten registration day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 10. Children 5 years old or older by Sept. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten.

The required items to register a child include immunization records and proof of age. Parents who don't have those items at the time of registration must submit them before the child starts school in the fall.

Further questions can be directed to individual elementary schools. Office phone numbers are available on

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