School Board



The Board of Directors of the La Grande School District will be meeting for a Regular Board Meeting on 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m., La Grande High School, Room 11. 
 
Your 2015-2016 Board Members
Merle Comfort, Board  Chair
Joe Justice, Board Vice Chair
Greg Blackman
Dayneen Koopman
Robin Maille
Danelle Wilson
Chris Woodworth
Student Rep- TBD
  



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.

Your School Board Members are:

School Board Members (Click name to send an email)  

Joe Justice: Board Vice Chairman
 
 
Position 3 - Term Expires 6/30/2019
 

Place of work: Forester- Hancock Forest Management
School(s) children attend: Central Elementary and LMS
Years in La Grande: 15
 
Why have you run for the school 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: Board Chairman 

Position 7 - Term Expires 6/30/2019

Place of work: Comfort Dental Lab 
School(s) children attend: Graduated from LHS 2013/ Walla Walla Community College 
Years on School Board: cumulatively for 12 years 
Years in La Grande: 34 years

Why I ran for the school board:  
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.



Danelle Wilson

Position 1 - Term Expires 6/30/2017 

Place of workI am the owner operator of D'Nails Hair and tanning salon and have  been a hairdresser since 1985.
School(s) Children attendI have had four children that have attended Greenwood and Island City Elementary, the Middle and High School.
Years in La Grande: 40+-- I started school at Greenwood elementary in 1973, went to LMS and graduated from LHS in 1984

Why I ran for the school boardChildren are my life, parenting, fostering, coaching and mentoring children has been my main focus for as long as I can remember. I believe education is the foundation for life and if I can help support that, encourage teachers and provide a healthy safe environment for kids to learn in, then our children and community will succeed.





Position 2 - Term Expires 6/30/2019
 
Place of work: Farmers Insurance 
School(s) children attend: LMS and LHS
Years in La Grande: I grew up in La Grande, graduating from LHS in 1989
 
Why I ran for the school boardI 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. 


Robin Maille
 
Position 6 - Term Expires 6/30/2019
 
Place of workOregon State University Extension Service, La Grande,OR
School(s) Children attend: My younger son attended Central Elementary, La Grande Middle and La Grande High School and will be a sophomore in fall 2015.  My older son attended LHS and graduated in 2012.
Years in La Grande: 7
 
Why I ran for the school board: I was on the LG School Board for a year in 2012-2013 and enjoyed learning about how the school district and schools are managed, as well as how the professional learning communities work.  I am interested in improving the opportunities for all of our students to be engaged in school, and be successful after graduation. I was active in music, theater, sports and foreign language programs when I was in school and want to ensure that these opportunities continue to be available to our students as a way to enhance their educational experience. Being on the school board will help me to better understand the issues affecting teachers and students.  I am very happy that the school bond passed and I look forward to following the progress of building improvements and helping to make decisions as needed.





Position 4 - Term Expires 6/30/2017

Place of Work: I have been employed by Center for Human Development for over 20 years in the Mental Health field.
Schools/Children attended: My three children attended Willow Elementary and two of them also attended Central. They graduated from LHS in 2000, 1998, and 1994.
Years in La Grande: I have lived in La Grande 40+ years.  I started college at Eastern in 1972 and have lived here ever since.

Why I ran for school board: I have been a supporter of our schools for many years. When my children were young I supported schools through PTA work. Today, I remain interested in the welfare of our community's youth as they are our future.  I believe strongly in  their right to a superior, well rounded education.





Position 5 - Term Expires 6/30/2017
 
Place of work:  General Surgeon, Grande Ronde Hospital Regional Medical Clinic   
School(s) children attend: We have eight children.  Some of the children participate in varsity sports at La Grande High School
Years in La Grande: 4
Why I ran for the school board: 
I became a board member because I wanted to 
participate in our community and feel that education is a critical issue for the future of our town. 
 



 


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