Liz Goodrich, 53, wants a seat on the Redmond School Board. To get it, she’ll have to unseat Johnny Corbin, 70, who has held the job since he was elected in 2012.

Voters should give Goodrich the chance to serve the district.

Corbin, a retired high school automotive tech teacher, is perhaps been best known as a nay-sayer. He’s clearly dissatisfied with Superintendent Mike McIntosh. He accuses McIntosh of allowing the SMART reading program to be offered only after school. The SMART program pairs adult volunteers with young students to both share the joy of reading and support the children’s efforts to read independently. Corbin is incorrect. It is offered throughout the day at the district’s Early Learning Center and other elementary schools. Last year the SMART organization began offering an out-of-school reading program, as well.

Corbin also accuses McIntosh of personally signing off on volunteers in the district and shortchanging seniors and veterans who want to help. McIntosh does not personally sign off on volunteers and denies that he would turn down people because they are seniors or veterans. School board members should be willing to challenge the superintendent on issues. But it doesn’t do any good if they don’t get the facts straight.

Goodrich, meanwhile, is the adult programs coordinator for the Deschutes Public Library system. She moved to Central Oregon as a child and attended Chico State University. She taught in Bend and later moved to the library, where she’s worked for the last 17 years. She’s lived in Redmond since 1999.

She describes herself as a team player who is passionate about education, and she believes that when a board splits on a policy matter, those on the losing side should put aside their differences and support the majority once the matter is decided.

Goodrich has two children in Redmond schools and she wants the school board to strengthen its ties with the community. She notes the public will be asked to support a school board again sometime, and stronger ties with the community will improve its chances for success.

Goodrich is a bright, engaging woman who wants the best in education for her community. She’ll work hard to bring that about if she’s given the chance. Voters should elect her May 21.

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