Karen Delaney challenging John Wendland

(Editor's note: When the Review did short profiles on Lake Oswego School Board candidates earlier in the election cycle, Karen Delaney had not yet announced she was running for Position 3 on the board. The following is a profile on her.)

Summing up Karen Delaney as a mother and homemaker or a Cornell Law School graduate and former New York City Campaign Finance Board attorney wouldn’t cover the dynamic community leader.Delaney

What may come closer is saying Delaney is a go-getter who wants change. When she heard John Wendland’s position on the Lake Oswego School District board was up, she decided to challenge him because she disagrees with many of the board’s recent decisions. Wendland’s seat is one of two contested school board positions on the May ballot. A third open spot remains uncontested. Voters weigh in on all three positions.

A member of the district’s consolidation committee in 2011, Delaney decried the majority’s final recommendation to the school board concerning closing Bryant, Palisades and Uplands elementary schools. She agreed with the effort to address a budget shortfall but said the three schools were chosen based on how many students attend a school rather than how many students live in an area where a school is.

“That skewed the data,” Delaney said in a recent interview.

Delaney, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College, said she could find better ways of addressing the school district’s mounting budget woes. She said the school board should be negotiating employee contracts differently and said there should be more oversight of capital projects.

Delaney came to town in 2004 when her husband’s job was relocated from Santa Clara, Calif. to Hillsboro. They settled in Lake Oswego because the city is in the best public school district in Oregon, she said. She has served on the school advisory committees at Westridge Elementary and Lakeridge High schools, where her children attend.

“Like other parents, I’m concerned that the district is heading in the wrong direction,” said Delaney, 49.

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