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Get ready for May's election choices! West Linn-Wilsonville School Board has two seats on the ballot.

Choose King Martin's leadership experience

Chelsea King Martin is the school board candidate best prepared to manage the current and future challenges facing our students and our district.

King Martin has the hands-on leadership experience of serving on the school board for the past four years. She knows our schools and facilities inside and out, having served as liaison to both the Long Range Planning Committee and the School Safety Committee.

She has detailed knowledge of our district budgets, which is more important now than ever as the state of Oregon is experiencing difficulty in fully funding public education. King Martin's experience allows her to know how we can do more for our students with fewer resources.

In today's political climate, I appreciate that King Martin has always remained politically neutral. She focuses her leadership efforts on advocating for policies and priorities that are critical benchmarks for enabling our district's children — and by extension our state and country — to reach their full potential.

In addition, King Martin continues to focus on reinvigorating district programming around both career preparation and technical education. Our students need school board members like King Martin. Please join me in voting for Chelsea King Martin this May 21.

Trey Maust

West Linn

Thompson will be effective, caring

I am writing to say I support Christy Thompson for the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. Thompson and I worked together closely at the Wilsonville High School Booster Club. I have been impressed with her leadership, her genuine interest in doing good for the school and for the club, and in her ability to drive to a consensus and decide our course of action.

With these skills, she will be effective in achieving her goals: improving support for teachers battling disruptive behaviors, more parental involvement in curriculum choices, and more Career and Technical Education opportunities, especially for our noncollege-bound students.

Thompson is polished, professional and gets things done. An influencer!I support Christy Thompson. I hope you will too.

Lisa Krecklow

Wilsonville

Ferris impresses with business acumen

I recently heard West Linn-Wilsonville School Board candidate Jordan Ferris speak. As a business school dean, I appreciated her business-leadership acumen and her knowledge of budgetary issues.

When it comes to future bonds and levies, Ferris wants to ensure the district spends the money responsibly with emphasis on critical issues like increasing access to student health services.

As a nurse in our community, Ferris has the background to help address the safety, social and emotional needs of children in the school district. Oregon has one of the nation's highest suicide rates, with highest rates among middle school children. School districts like ours lack the mental health professionals needed to adequately respond to students in crisis.

Ferris is an advocate of upstream thinking — being proactive instead of reactive — in creating access for our students. That means developing student health services now instead of reeling from trauma-related crises later.

Ferris also brings a pragmatic mind to issues of equity — racial, gender and socioeconomic. She recommends the district identify barriers to equity, collecting data to make well-reasoned decisions and do better than we have.

I am voting for Jordan Ferris.

James Goodrich

West Linn

Thompson gives selflessly to schools

I support Christy Thompson for the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board. I have worked with Thompson for many years. She is smart, dedicated, considerate and has the right experience to represent families and best help students and teachers.

She is a teacher herself, has volunteered selflessly in our schools, and supports teachers and students out of her own efforts. Her work for teacher and staff appreciation lunches, volunteering for blood drives, concession stands and serving as Booster Club president all show her long-term commitment to our district and schools.

Thompson brings an open attitude and perspective to the challenges our district is facing. Further, she understands the need for career and technical education. She will take real steps to handle disruptive student behavior in classrooms, and keep parents involved in making the best curriculum choices for our students.

As a parent of two students in the district, I wholeheartedly support Christy Thompson for school board. Please join me.

John Davis

Wilsonville

King Martin brings stability to board

We have a great chance to maintain stability and success on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board with Chelsea King Martin running for re-election.

I've known King Martin for several years during her time on the school board. From my observation she's done an outstanding job. WL-WV is the best school district in Oregon largely because well-qualified board members like King Martin spend untold hours volunteering to govern our schools.

King Martin does her homework and applies a smart, level-headed, compassionate and student focus to her decision-making. She's done a great job for the past four years on the board, and we need her to continue for four more years giving her common-sense voice to solving issues for our students, parents and community.

We have outstanding schools in West Linn. Let's keep it that way. Please vote Chelsea King Martin for West Linn-Wilsonville School Board position No. 2.

Greg McKenzie

West Linn

King Martin represents action

Chelsea King Martin and Gail Greenman are the candidates contesting Position 2 in the WL-WV School Board election. Both candidates participated in an April Q&A covered by the West Linn Tidings.

Differences in their key positions are notable. Both candidates identified issues that would take precedence over others. Candidate King Martin identified "expansion of Career and Technical Education in our high schools," and the creation of a school-based health center to increase "access to medical and mental health professionals."

Candidate Greenman committed to "read, analyze and evaluate legislation and regulation impacting school districts."

King Martin focuses on action, and Greenman is focused on studying issues. Background research is a necessary precursor to change, but it is not a substitute for action.

We need leaders who want to do more than analyze and talk. We need leaders with vision who will act to improve our district. I urge you to vote for Chelsea King Martin.

William House

West Linn

Anti-Ferris op-ed was a cheap shot

Concerning the "Citizens View" in the April 25 Tidings concerning the school board candidacy of Jordan Ferris, I would like to first say shame on the Tidings for publishing such a divisive letter, full of accusations and fear mongering.

Second, I would like to say shame on Gabriel Miller. Calling NARAL and Oregon Working Families "radical political groups" is a play right from the Trumpian book on how to marginalize people who are engaged and working on progressive causes.

In the Tidings interview of candidate Ferris last week, I found her answers to Tidings staff questions demonstrating knowledge of challenges facing the school system. She offered insightful proposals for moving ahead.

Let's talk about issues, not make character assassinations.

Bartley Johnson

West Linn

Ferris, King Martin will move district forward

As a parent and volunteer, I'm endorsing Chelsea King Martin and Jordan Ferris for school board.

For 12 years, I've volunteered for our schools. I was a MAP board member, a recent School and Student Safety Advisory Committee rep, and current board member of the WL-WV Education Foundation.

Their opponents claim the district does not listen to parental input, due in part to the recent unanimous school board adoption of the new Health and Wellness Curriculum. Developing the state-mandated plan took a year and several parent input sessions.

Parents' voices were heard, but some wishes had to be measured against the safety of our children.I want our kids to be safe, and not just with drills and barricades and special glass. I want them to understand consent, domestic violence and abuse prevention, equity and age-appropriate human sexuality.

I want them to feel empowered to be themselves and informed enough to avoid bullying. We can't be afraid to teach them about the world as it is. They are asking us for it.Some feel we're on the wrong path. I think we're headed in exactly the right direction.

I believe Chelsea King Martin and Jordan Ferris are thoughtful people we need to keep us moving forward. Please join me and vote for King Martin and Ferris.

Joseph Walters

West Linn

Ferris best choice in important race

Jordan Ferris is hands down the best choice for school board in this May's election. Every day as a nurse educator, she practices evidenced-based decision-making, melding science with compassionate care.

Ferris has abundant courage to speak up for our kids. To me, the best education does not come from one more shiny building, but from genuine relationships with instructors who have the time to notice one's learning needs, learning that requires feeling safe enough to concentrate on lessons.

Orestar, the online Oregon Campaign Finance Database, shows that Ferris' opponent has received an unusually large $15,000 donation from a donor from Sherwood.

By searching the donor's name and address online, I find myself worried about this peculiarly large sum. Strangely, Ferris' opponent's accumulated war chest is over $29,000 including a large in-kind donation from

Crazy Fingers Design Group.

With Ferris we are on solid ground. She knows our district can do more to address fiscal responsibility, more to address bullying and decrease class sizes so all students have the best shot to learn. In her profession, Ferris is an authentic and proven leader. Let's elect her and bring those sorely needed skills to our district. 

Rebecca Adams

West Linn

Ferris has clear vision for school district

Jordan Ferris and Christy Thompson are the two candidates contesting Position 4 in the WL-WV School Board election. Both of these candidates support high-quality academics, but their approaches to student health and educational equity highlight differences in priority.

Ferris advocates bringing more trained health counselors directly into our school system, so children in need have knowledgeable professionals to help them. She has worked for many years in health care as a nurse and has the contacts to develop collaborative relationships with the county and state health services.

Thompson has stated that providing mental health counselors is too costly.

The candidates were asked to provide their views on barriers to equity in our schools. Ferris responded by supporting gender equity where girls sports teams are equally important as boys teams. She believes students with nontraditional gender orientation should attend school free of harassment.

Ferris also wants to address the current performance gap between white and nonwhite students.

Thompson did not respond to the questionnaire with her position on promoting equity in education.

Ferris has a vision for the future and the ability to make it happen. I urge you to vote for Jordan Ferris.

Margo House

West Linn


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