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Readers weigh in on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board election with one week to go.

Sloop understands importance of reopening schools

I want to tell all my neighbors why my family and I are enthusiastically supporting Kelly Sloop. My husband and I are putting our son Jay through WLWV schools, and now our son is a freshman at Wilsonville High School. The most paramount issue facing our families and students is getting them safely back into the classroom five days a week. It was clear that Kelly Sloop, a mom in our community, shares that same goal. She was never ambiguous; I never had to guess or wonder whether or not she would put families and our kids before special interest groups. She emphatically supports kids back in school full-time. No candidate running is fighting harder to get your kids back into the classroom.

Kelly is kind, thoughtful, deeply cares about equitable outcomes in education, and is always considering how policies impact the most vulnerable students. She understands that opening schools now is a moral imperative. Shutdown policies disproportionally impact homeless children, kids from a lower socio-economic background, kids with an IEP, or those with various disabilities. Schools provide wrap-around services and a safety net, and that safety net currently is inadequate for many families. By May 18th, please join me in voting for Kelly Sloop for the WLWV school board position 5.

Ben West

Wilsonville City Councilor

Shiratori is committed to service

I am voting for Seiji Shiratori for the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Position #5. Seiji has the experience, values and commitment that I want on our school board. As an educator myself I know Seiji understands the importance of strong public schools especially after he observed schools all over the world in the U.S. Foreign Service. He told me of seeing a young boy sewing soccer balls to support his family because his country does not have public schools and his family couldn't afford to send him to private school. Seiji is committed to ensuring all our children receive a quality education and training for their future careers, and especially the children who have fallen behind during the pandemic. Like me he chose to live in the WLWV district because of the excellent public schools and his children are attending our schools right now. Seiji's service to our country for over 20 years supporting diplomacy and our military, and the Boy Scouts, demonstrate his commitment to helping our community thrive. He is willing to ask tough questions, listen and use science to inform his decisions. We need experienced leaders like Seiji who understand the needs of our community.

Mary Pettenger

Wilsonville


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