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Communication issues drive school board campaigns

Zone 6 candidates discuss parental involvement, Common Core

The May 19 Oregon Trail School Board election may bring some changes.

Norm Trost, a board member of nine years, is up for re-election and being challenged by local parent Candice Lindberg for Zone 6. In addition, Kurt McKnight, of Zone 2, Boring, will not be running for re-election, and no one has filed to take the spot.

Julia Monteith, communications director for the Oregon Trail School District, said either a citizen will have to write-in for election or the board will appoint a replacement following the election.

Trost was originally appointed to the board to a vacant seat mid-term. This is his third campaign for reelection.

Lindberg, a Sandy resident of 21 years with two children in the district, is vying for the Zone 6 seat on the board.

“I find that parents don’t have much of a voice in the Oregon Trail District,” Lindberg said. “It’s my way of bringing the parents’ voices back to our kids’ education. Kids do better when parents are involved.”

Lindberg would like to see the board move around to different schools within the district each month to get a feel for the environments. She would also like to see more communication with parents at regular meetings.

“I would like if we could listen to the concerns, and as often as possible give them a decision right there,” she added.

Lindberg has the support of Board Member Dan Thompson as well as many district parents because of issues surrounding Common Core learning standards.

“I think within Common Core there are a lot of options for the school district,” Lindberg said, adding she would like to help keep a working relationship between parents, students and the administration.

Understanding between parents and administrators is also something Trost would like to work on.

“I know that we need to work more on that communication angle,” he said. “I’d be more than happy to work with everybody to find an answer. But I don’t have an answer.”

Trost touted his time serving on the contract-negotiating committee with teachers as well as being on the board when the new high school was built and the school-based health center introduced.

“I’m proud to have been on both of those teams. I think they’re very meaningful,” he said. “Education and kids are so important — I don’t know how to stress it enough. We need to educate those kids. They’re the leaders of tomorrow.”