The Lake Oswego School Board is comprised of five elected volunteer members, each serving a four-year term. Over the next four years, the school board will be making important decisions about how to allocate the budget and find innovative ways to close the gap. There are two positions open and I'd like your vote for position No. 5.
Why do I deserve your vote? As a long-time Lake Oswego resident, business owner, parent, fundraiser and school volunteer, I believe I have exactly what it takes to be successful in representing you and your priorities for our schools over the next four years. I have the time, energy and expertise to help lead the district in these very difficult economic times.
Lake Oswego has 13 exceptional schools because we have the perfect ingredients: Great kids, engaged and active parents, great teachers, and a history of unwavering support from the community. We need to hold steadfastly as we work through these very real budget shortfalls. We cannot take a single step backwards. It is my highest priority to make sure we offer the children in this community the education they require to succeed in life. Their time is now!
What can we do to bridge the gap until our economy returns? I propose that the solution involves you. We are blessed with a very talented community. Many of you own or manage a business and are leaders in school and non-profit organizations. Each of you has faced the challenge of figuring out how to do more with less. Let's leverage your experience and apply it to our school-funding crisis. I will actively seek out your ideas and engage the school board to follow through with implementing the great and creative ideas that emerge from our talented community.
On the revenue side, we must continue to support the Lake Oswego School Foundation. The foundation was a master stroke of genius originated by this community that has benefited generations of kids. We frankly need more great ideas like the foundation.
People want to help. They just need to be asked. While serving as president of the Waluga Junior High PTO in 2008-2009 and as co-chair of the Lakeridge High School auctions in 2010 and 2011, I was amazed at how many parents, administrators, teachers, businesses, and students stepped forward to offer their time, expertise and money to help our schools when we asked for their help. I witnessed the same thing as co-chair of the committee to bring home field football games to Lakeridge and as the two-time Palisades Elementary campaign coordinator for the local option campaign. We rallied the community and they came through. Together we can make a difference.
We may not have the power to fix the problems in Salem or Washington, D.C., but we can absolutely make a difference here in our local schools. That is what I have done as a parent volunteer and what I am committed to do as a member of your school board.
Bob Barman, Lake Oswego, is running for position No. 5 on the Lake Oswego School Board.