Four of the seven seats on the board of the Bend-La Pine Schools are up for election in May.
Have you thought about running for school board?
Already some people have filed.
Three of the people on the board are running — Kina Chadwick, Melissa Barnes Dholakia and Amy Tatom.
Nicole Fitch, a real estate broker, has filed to run against Chadwick for the seat Chadwick was appointed to.
Cameron Fischer, an instructor at Oregon State University, is running for the seat currently held by Shimiko Montgomery, who is not seeking reelection.
It goes without saying, but we are going to say it anyway: Children, parents, school district employees, people who pay taxes to the district and anyone who lives in the area has a very strong interest in ensuring we have quality members on the board.
The best way to learn more about what the position involves would be to talk to board members. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The district is also holding an informational meeting on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Elementary School. You can learn about the commitment, the responsibilities and ask questions. Superintendent Steve Cook and Board Clerk Janet Bojanowski will be on hand.
It’s not an easy job. It’s not paid. There is much more work than a couple board meetings and work sessions a month. The elections themselves do sometimes get testy, as do the board meetings.
You must reside in a specific district and be a registered voter to run. You represent the entire school district and are voted on by voters across the entire school district.
The city is mulling a transportation utility fee, a seasonal fuel tax and/or a targeted sales tax on food and beverage sales to cover transportaiton costs, repairs. You can respond directly to the city at email@example.com. See our editorial at https://bendbulletin.us/3n5cACr
I first considered running after the 7 Peaks Charter School Fake Lottery fiasco in about 2002 or 2003. I didn't, wish I had.
I then considered it in 2020, but was told that a boring white guy, even one who went to Thompson, Cascade and Bend High had zero chance.
The current board sure looks diverse.
Oh man, not again. Here's hoping the right wing astro-turf war doesn't reignite.
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