We appreciate our all-volunteer David Douglas School Board every month of the year. But this month, the David Douglas School District joins the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as official “School Board Recognition Month.”
Our seven School Board members spend countless hours of unpaid time working to ensure that every child in the David Douglas School District receive the free, high-quality, equitable education that they deserve and need. They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.
Your School Board members are:
Christine Larsen, who has served since 2013
Frieda Christopher, Chair, who has served since 1991
Bryce Anderson, who has served since 2013
Donna Barber, who has served since 2018
Kyle Riggs, who has served since 2012
Stephanie Stephens, who has served since 2017
Andrea Valderrama, vice chair served since 2016
School board members represent their fellow residents’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon.
Too often the efforts of school board members, who are volunteer community servants, go unrecognized and under appreciated.
The School Board’s main goal is to support student achievement. To achieve that goal, the Board focuses on the following needs:
- Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make equitable student achievement the top priority
- Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do
- Assessing whether schools achieve their goals, and whether students are learning
- Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results
- Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources
- Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach
- Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes
- Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.
Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our School Board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students.
Next time you see one of our School Board members, please thank them for their dedicated service.