School board selects from diverse pool of committee applicants
West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Chair Regan Molatore said she was happy to see the level of interest the community showed in joining the board's Long Range Planning Committee.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the board winnowed down a pool of 23 applicants to three members to fill vacancies on the committee. One of the seats became vacant after former member Doris Wehler agreed to step down following insensitive comments she made toward minorities on a podcast.
The board's selections included Parasa Chanramy, who is a policy director for the nonprofit Stand For Children and was also a part of capital bond and levy planning efforts; Mary Pettenger, a longtime school volunteer and university professor; and Julie Stone Evans, a former elementary school board member who has a background in policy research.
The planning committee advises the board on future school facility needs.
"My guess is this is the most candidates our school district has ever had for the Long Range Planning Committee," Molatore said in a school district brief. "This is an incredible pool of applicants. We are so lucky to have a community with such knowledge and expertise and such willingness to give back to our students and our schools. Thanks to our community and to all of these amazing applicants."
Andrew Kilstrom, the school district's director of communications, said the candidate pool this year was diverse in factors such as race, professional backgrounds and personal experiences.
"Diversity is a good word for that pool of applicants," he said.
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