Five Lake Oswego School Board candidates will be on the May ballot

The candidates for the Lake Oswego School District board will remain a family of five.

No one new filed with the Clackamas County elections division by the March 21 deadline to run in the May 21 special election. It also was the deadline to withdraw.

Currently in the running for Position 2 are Lake Oswego School District Foundation Board Member Kevin Robertson and language immersion program advocate Sarah Howell, also a foundation board member. School board incumbent John Wendland is going up against Karen Delaney for Position 3.

Lakeridge High School Pacer Parents Club President Liz Hartman is unopposed for Position 4.

Candidates looking to fill one of the four-year-term positions had to file a statement for the voter’s pamphlet by last Monday. The statements become public record on Friday, but the Review has a preview of them.

Snippets from each statement include:

n Howell: “As your school board representative, I will work hard to ... prioritize doing more with less funding, recruit the best new superintendent,” “market our schools to attract new families” and “innovate in science, technology, languages, arts and math.”

n Robertson: “I am an experienced fiscally responsible leader who believes in data driven strategic planning and decision-making” and “we must engage in thoughtful innovation to maintain our district’s exceptional results in core academics by strengthening our offerings in math, science, technology and engineering.”

n Delaney: “My opponent ignored the major errors in the plan to close three schools, so we must now buy portables, cut teachers, and shuffle hundreds of kids into overcrowded classrooms. I will seek long-term financial stability, not short-term fixes. Despite all the district’s cuts over the past several years, spending has increased and now outpaces revenues.”

n Wendland: “We have accomplished much over the past four years: Reconfigured the district to better utilize our facilities while saving money to retain teachers and programs,” and “over the next four years, the board faces the critical task of ... working to strategically reduce expenses and improve our funding sources.”

n Hartman said the school board needs to “preserve/improve property values,” “maintain and improve one of Oregon’s highest district graduation rates” and “maintain and improve college-ready graduates.”

Linda Brown is vacating Position 2 after three terms, and Teri Oelrich is leaving Position 4 after one term.

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