Three foundation members campaign for two open positions; Wendland seeks re-election

By noon on Monday, the first day to file for office in the May 21 Special District Election, several candidates for the Lake Oswego School Board had already thrown their hats in the ring.

The terms of board members Linda Brown (Position 2), Teri Oelrich (Position 4) and Chairman John Wendland (Position 3) expire June 30. Brown and Oelrich are not planning to seek re-election.

A former president of the Lake Oswego Junior High Parent Club and school board member since 2009, Wendland filed for re-election Monday.Wendland

“I have a strong desire to give back to my community and serving a second term on the school board will allow me to continue to impact the education of future generations of children living in our community,” Wendland said. “We still have important work to do as a school board in the next four years and I want to continue contributing and volunteering my time for the benefit of our district and the kids of Lake Oswego.”

By midday Wednesday, two candidates had filed for Position 2 — Sarah Howell and Kevin Robertson.

HowellHowell is a member of the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board, an advocate for language immersion in the LOSD and one of five Unsung Heroes for 2012 honored by the Lake Oswego City Council in December.

“I’ve been going to the school board meetings for five years now ... I’ve been a truly strong advocate for innovation in our district and I have a good working relationship with all the board members and the administrators,” Howell said. “I’m an elementary parent, which is currently not represented on the school board, so I feel that I would really add a lot of value and a new perspective, really a fresh perspective, compared to what we had in the past where it’s typically a high school parent or someone with kids out of the district that has been serving. So I just think that that perspective is really, really needed, especially as we look towards hiring our next superintendent.”

Robertson has served on the foundation board for six years, last year as president.Robertson

Calls to Robertson for comment were not immediately returned.

So far, the sole candidate for Position 4 is Liz Hartman, Lakeridge High School campaign captain and co-vice president of the foundation board and president of the Pacer Parents Club. Hartman also currently serves as chairwoman of the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association and as one of two neighborhood representatives on the city of Lake Oswego Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.Hartman

“As the parent of a Lake Oswego School District student, I recognize the positive relationship between excellent schools and community vitality, health, public safety and property values,” she said. “I want to preserve those values that have worked well and provide perspective for the new policies which our times require.”

Candidates elected to the Lake Oswego School Board serve four-year terms. The deadline for district candidates to file for office is March 21.

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