Experience, knowledge important resource for school board
I am running for re-election to the school board because I love our schools. I celebrate our district's successes, but I know the district. I attended WLWV schools from kindergarten thru 12th grade and graduated from WLHS. My husband and I live in the district with our two children who attend WLWV schools.
I am a lawyer who now provides construction administration and management services. I have served the past four years on the school board and am the current vice-chair. We've proudly accomplished the following during my term: Our high schools achieved AP honor roll status each year and graduation rates are among the highest in the state.
We received community approval for a bond and levy to fund capital improvements and teaching positions. We decreased class sizes and added sustainable teaching positions. We have been accountable to taxpayers during the district's work around equity and elimination of opportunity gaps. Our district is facing some financial challenges. The State is indicating it will fund education this next biennium at sums less than our district currently operates. This is a budget cut. In addition, PERS and OPSRP rates will increase July 1.
The decreased funding and increased costs of business results in less monies for our classrooms. The need for experienced, knowledgeable school board members is more important than ever.
Board members must be familiar with our district's budgets and operations. During the last four years I have been a good steward of district monies. Our Budget Committee and Board have budgeted in a sustainable way and built a modest reserve — a reasonable reserve for public schools is between 5-15 percent. Our 6 percent reserve is modest, barely covering one month's salaries. We have saved money in good times so we can spend in bad. I am prepared to spend.
Board members need detailed knowledge of our schools and programs. There is a steep learning curve to this position and board members will not have the luxury of time to learn the position before they make some tough decisions. I have a working knowledge of this position and am well informed of what lies ahead. My long history with the district, as a student, parent, coach in your classrooms and leader, gives me detailed knowledge of our schools.
It also gives me knowledge of the educational initiatives which have jump started success, like growth mindset, work language programs, multiple entry points to learning and investment in staff professional development. We need candidates who have built relationships necessary to move the work of the district forward. I have built relationships, based on trust and mutual respect, with our administrators, teachers, staff and community. In addition, I have engaged in professional learning alongside our staff to better understand their work and how I can best support them in meeting the needs of our students.
WWV district is one of the best in the state because our schools are so great. I will preserve, protect and bolster our schools, alongside you, in the best interests of our children board.
Regan Molatore is a resident of Wilsonville