May Election Reminders

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“I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.” – John F. Kennedy

 

Ballots are now in everyone’s hands –or at least sitting in a pile of mail somewhere –and the deadline to return them is less than two weeks out. (more…)

PPS Candidate Forum Interesting but Disappointing

Last week’s school board candidate forum at Franklin High School provided some interesting insight into the personalities of four of the candidates, but was ultimately disappointing for the lack of substantive information it provided to attendees at the 90-minute event.

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Roger Kirchner, Co-President of the Franklin High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association, helped organize last week’s PPS Candidate Forum.

About 80 people, including an impressive number of students, gathered in the gym last Wednesday evening to hear candidates debate the future of Portland Public Schools. Three of the school board’s seven seats will be decided in next month’s elections.

The forum, which is the only scheduled PPS debate in Southeast Portland this year, was cosponsored by the Cleveland High School PTA and the Franklin High School PTSA. All five candidates for the three PPS Board seats were invited. Pam Knowles, the Zone 5 incumbent who did not draw an opponent in her re-election bid, was a no-show.

The candidates vying to represent Zone 6 were David Morrison and Tom Kohler. Kohler is a small business owner and former Corvallis City Council member who calls our schools  Portland’s “best asset” and emphasized critical thinking skills as an educational goal. (more…)

Foster United Previews the May Elections

The dust has settled from the November 2012 elections and we’re all settling in for a long, politics-free respite.

Well, no.

ballotsThere’s already another election coming up on May 21, and although we won’t have anything nearly as sexy as Obama-Romney, locals will want to pay attention. (more…)

Franklin High School: A Local Treasure Enters The Second Century

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“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” Benjamin Franklin

Last month, about 50 local residents and parents gathered in the nearly-60 year old Auditorium of Franklin High School. They mostly kept their coats on because, as students know, the room –though beautiful –is always cold.

Principal Shay James and Portland Public Schools invited the public to this Open House to see the landmark campus, operating since 1915, and to talk about plans for the future of the school. Now that funds are available through the PPS facilities bond that voters passed in November, hopes are high that things like antiquated heating will be fixed soon. (more…)

Meet your Neighbor: Kate Thomas

As we gear up for another school year, parents and teachers alike anticipate more community involvement.  Meet Kate:
 
Kate Thomas
Parent @ Arleta School
 
What do you do?
I co-chair Arleta Boosters, which is our version of the PTA, without the dues. I also sit on the site-council, which is a group of teachers, administrators and parents at Arleta School. I also work part time outside the home & school.
What is your inspiration? (Why do you do what you do?)
One of my inspirations and reasons for being interested in the growth of the Foster community is that it is where my children are being raised. My involvement in their education and maintaining a connection with community is a primary focus.