Two Forest Grove School Board seats draw eight applicants
A deep field develops in race to replace pair of members recalled by district voters
Six men and two women are in the running to fill a pair of vacant slots on the Forest Grove School Board.
Some familiar faces and several political newcomers will greet sitting board members Alisa Hampton, Fred Marble and Kate Grandusky when they hold candidate interviews Jan. 18 and 19. Each hopes to replace either Anna Tavera-Weller or Terry Howell, former board members who were voted off the panel following a contentious budget cycle marked by massive program cuts last spring.
Decisions on appointments are expected Jan. 23 and the new board members are due to be sworn in on Feb. 13, said Hampton, the board chair.
The candidate slate includes retired banking executive Gil Jimenez; former Cornelius city councilor Brad Coffey; outgoing Pacific University liberal arts dean John Hayes; graduate student and mother Karen O'Donnell; former educator Jeff Cooper; veterinarian John Minor; financial advisor Jim Corbeau; and homemaker Jennifer Norman.
Gilbert 'Gil' Jimenez
Years in district: 1
Occupation: Retired banking industry executive
Experience in school-related activities: Portland State University foundation board member; board chair, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Why running: 'I have, whenever possible, made myself available to schools wherever we have lived'
Years in district: 12
Occupation: Reliability analyst for Georgia Pacific Corp.
Boards or school-related activities: Attending student activities [and] school board meetings
Why running: 'I understand and can accept the responsibility of being a board member'
Years in district: 9
Occupation: Administrator at Pacific University
Boards or school-related activities: Science projects leader, field trip chaperone, school garden work party participant, helped broker access for FGSD students to college courses at Pacific
Why running: '[I'm] looking for ways to continue my lifelong engagement in education'
Years in district: 11
Occupation: Unemployed career educator
Boards or school-related activities: Former education technology specialist for Pacific University's college of education; parent representative to the FGSD EdTech cadre
Why running: 'I believe I bring the strongest experiences to propel FGSD into 21st century education'
Years in district: 4
Occupation: Financial advisor
Boards or school-related : 2011 FGSD Summit on Education participant
Why running: 'I have a vested interest in the success of the district and its schools, as we have three children enrolled in the district'
Years in district: 11
Boards or school-related activities: Volunteer at local schools
Why running: 'I enjoy community service and am interested in helping the district move forward'
Years in district: 58
Boards or school-related activities: None, although three sons went through the Forest Grove school system
Why running: 'I believe you need to serve in the community you live in'
Years in district: 2
Occupation: Graduate student, mother
Boards or school-related activities: Art literature coordinator, FGSD School Based Health Center board member
Why running: 'It's important to be involved in the community and [serve] our schools. I am a good listener and problem solver'