Position 2 is only contested seat

Voters in Banks will elect three school board members later this month.

One of the three races is contested. Incumbent Will Moore, who has served on the board since 2005, faces Raymond Mott, a small-business owner, for the Position 2 seat.

In Position 1, Norie Dimeo-Ediger is running for a second term. Maureen Okerstrom, a retired teacher, is running unopposed for Position 4.

Below is some information on each candidate:

Position 1:

Norie Dimeo-Ediger — incumbent, since 2009

Occupation: Director of K-12 education, Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Of interest: Dimeo-Ediger has also served on the Banks Planning Commission and the Banks Community Library Board of Directors.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the Banks School District right now?

“The easy answer is the state budget, funding. Every year having that over your head makes for very hard choices. I really do worry about class size. That’s my priority.”

Position 2:

Will Moore — incumbent, since 2005

Occupation: Management/leadership consultant

Of interest: Moore was educated in Banks. Two of his children graduated from Banks High. A third is currently at Banks Junior High.

On open enrollment and how Banks has benefited:

“Anything like this cuts both ways. There’s some aspect of competition that goes along with this. I think it give us an ability to look at ourselves and how we’re doing things. In five to 10 years we’ll take a good look at our outcomes."

Raymond Mott

Occupation: Owner, Mott’s Carpet Cleaning

Of interest: Mott and his opponent, Will Moore, have been friends for years. “ Will isn’t running against me, and I’m not running against him. We both want to win.”

On running for the school board:

“I love the Banks School District. I don’t have an agenda going in. You won’t get anywhere with that. The little town of Banks revolves around its schools. I can contribute to its success.”

Position 4:

Maureen Okerstrom — unopposed

Occupation: Retired school teacher. She taught 17 years in a middle school with 1,600 students and was once the co-sponsor of the wrestling team.

Of interest: After retirement, Okerstrom taught Spanish as a volunteer at St. Francis in Roy.

On running for the school board:

"I've always been interested in education. When I was working full-time as a teacher and had children, I didn't have the time. There's a lot to learn and I can learn. I'm conscientious. I'm very impresssed with the superintendent and current board."

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