The La Grande School District No. 1 Board of Directors is legally responsible to the state for the governance of the district. The Board conducts the business of the District at its regular and special meetings. The Board consists of seven members and each serves a four-year term.
The La Grande School District Board of Directors will meet in the Willow Elementary School Gym at 7:00 PM.
Your School Board members are:
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Joe Justice, Board Chair
I have the distinct honor to Chair the La Grande School Board during the 2012-2013 school year. I've lived in La Grande the last eleven years and have served on the La Grande School Board for one year.
The La Grande School District has committed to re-culturing our schools using Professional Learning Communities (PLC's). This process focuses our teaching practices on student achievement. What students learn becomes the true measure of our success not simply what is taught. I'm proud of our exceptional staff in the La Grande School District and excited about the future.
I encourage you to become involved in our La Grande public schools; attend a sporting event, play or concert, get involved in your child's school's Parent teacher Organization or volunteer in one of our six schools. The La Grande School District is your community public school system. Please help me and my fellow Board members make our schools the very best they can be.
Place of work: Forester- Forest Capital Partners
Schools children attend: Two children attending Central Elementary
Years in La Grande: 11
Position 3 - Term Expires 6/30/2015
Why he ran for the Board: “To help the district address the many challenges it will face in the near future. With challenges come opportunities. I want to help the district find those opportunities.”
Merle Comfort: Vice- Chairman
Place of work: Comfort Dental Lab
School daughter attends: LHS
Years on School Board: cumulatively for 12 years
Years in La Grande: 33 years
Position 7 - Term Expires 6/30/2015
“My goal is to help keep the lines of communication open with the public and represent the district in any capacity that is deemed necessary. My personal goal is to see the PLC's implemented and begin functioning. I believe the PLC's will make a big difference how ALL children will be taught in our school district.
Place of work: OSU Extension Service
Place of work: OSU Extension Service
School children attend: LMS
Years on School Board: New
Years in La Grande: 4 years
Position 5 - Term Expires 6/30/2013
"I have experience in a variety of learning environments, from pre-K to college, and outside of the classroom, that I think will be useful on the school board. I would like to be able to improve the opportunities in our school system for all students so that they are competitive when they move on to college and other post high school opportunities"
Place of work: State of Oregon
School(s) Children attend Island City Elementary, LMS, LHS
Years in La Grande: 5
Why have you run for the school board: To insure that we are getting the best possible future for our kids.
Position 1 - Term Expires 6/30/2013
Place of work: Land Surveyor-Bagett-Griffith & Blackman, Inc
Schools children attend: Island City Elementary and LMS
Years in La Grande: He grew up in La Grande, graduating from LHS in 1989
Position 2 - Term Expires 6/30/2015
Why he ran for the Board: “I was inspired to serve on the board because my wife and I are the parents of a son and a daughter who attend school in the district. I want to help with the educational process.”
Position 6 - Term Expires 6/30/2015.
Place of work: Eastern Oregon University
School(s) Children attend: Children graduated from LHS in 2005 and 2007. Attended Greenwood Elementary, Central Elementary, LMS and LHS.
Years in La Grande: 39 (and counting)
Why have you run for the school board: I am a retired LHS teacher. I think that public service is something we all should do when we have the time and I felt that I could bring my knowledge of schools and the workings of the education system to the school board.
Place of work: Retired La Grande School District Teacher
Years in La Grande: 31
Position 4 - Term Expires 6/30/2013
Having taught in the La grande School District, I have a great concern in providing our students the best education possible. I taught in the vocational area and have been very concerned in building back the vocational program that took such heavy cuts because of the budget restraints and additional requirements mandated by the Oregon Department of Education.