Forest Grove School Board recall will go to vote

Voters will decide whether targeted members should stay or go

It is, as Forest Grove School Board member Terry Howell said Monday night, 'Game on.'

Leaders of a recall effort targeting Howell and his colleague on the board, Anna Tavera-Weller, have succeeded in collecting the required number of valid signatures to put the issue to a vote in early November.

Luther Arnold, a senior administrative specialist at the Washington County Elections Office, confirmed Monday that both recall petitions have qualified to move forward after officials vetted petition sheets submitted by Jason and Jodi Giddings of Gales Creek.

'We stopped checking signatures after each one had reached approximately 1,650 accepted names and signatures,' Arnold said.

The magic number was 1,616 for each board member.

The two office holders, who joined the board in 2009, have until Monday to either resign or submit statements to the elections office justifying why they should remain on the panel.

An election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1. Mail-in ballots will be due by 5 p.m. that day.

The Giddingses and others focused on ousting Tavera-Weller and Howell after the board voted to close Gales Creek Elementary School, lay off dozens of teachers and trim electives during a contentious budget cycle last spring. Remaining on the board are Alisa Hampton, Fred Marble and newcomer Kate Grandusky.