School board position open

Now’s the time to toss your hat in the ring for the Hillsboro School Board. There are four open seats; filing opens Feb. 9 and closes March 21 for the May 21 election.

Four positions on the seven-member board will expire June 30: Position 1, Janeen Sollman; Position 2, Carolyn Ortman; Position 3, Monte Akers; and Position 6, Rebecca Lantz.

The four-year terms are considered community volunteer positions and not paid.

Ortman has served five terms on the board; Lantz has served two terms; Sollman has served one term; and Akers was appointed in 2011 to replace a board member who had resigned mid-term.

Sollman and Lantz told the Hillsboro Tribune they plan on running again; Ortman says she’s not ready to announce her decision. The others did not respond to a request about whether they are seeking reelection.

There are no term limits for board positions.

School budget information session offered

The Legislature has already seen 166 pre-session bills related to education make their way into the House and Senate since the 2013 session kicked off Feb. 4.

The Hillsboro School District’s legislative priorities — and information about how to advocate for them — will be the topic of a public information session set for Feb. 11.

It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty High School library.

There’s additional school district budget information on the “Budget Matters” page,

Student host opportunities available

A little-known fact: Hillsboro and Fukuroi, Japan, have been sister cities for 25 years.

This March, 23 middle and high school students from Japan along with three adult chaperones will visit Hillsboro, so the Sister City Association of Hillsboro is seeking host families.

The guests will be in town from March 27 to April 2.

Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy. Eisenhower’s vision was that by creating bonds between people from different locations and cultures around the world, peace and prosperity would grow.

Every president since Eisenhower has supported and served as the honorary chair of the organization.

Anyone interested in hosting a guest, or for more information, should contact Marie Farrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 503-640-6610.

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