Take Action!

Action Alerts detailing opportunities for immediate attention are posted on the front page from time to time.

It’s always good for policy makers to hear from constituents. Here are two ways to add your voice to the mix:

Write a Letter

Even if you can’t get involved, for whatever reason, please take a few minutes and send a quick e-mail to the school board and superintendent.

Here is a link to e-mail the school board and superintendent.

Here are the individual e-mail addresses:

Name e-mail address
Director Ruth Adkins radkins@pps.k12.or.us
Director David Wynde david.wynde@pps.k12.or.us
Director Martín González mgonzalez@pps.k12.or.us
Director Bobbie Regan bobbie.regan@pps.k12.or.us
Director Pam Knowles pknowles@pps.k12.or.us
Director Trudy Sargent tsargent@pps.k12.or.us
Director Dilafruz Williams dilafruz.williams@pps.k12.or.us
Superintendent Carole Smith superintendent@pps.k12.or.us

Remember to keep your communications with the school board civil and focused on policy. School board members are volunteers, and commit countless hours to their positions.

Speak to the School Board

Any citizen may speak during a regular school board meeting. Meetings are usually held the second and fourth Monday of each month in the auditorium of the Blanchard Education Service Center (BESC), 501 N. Dixon St., at 7:00 p.m.

There is a sign-up sheet available before each meeting, and you can also sign up by calling the school board office in advance: 503-916-3741.

Citizen comment is limited to three minutes, and there is no discussion from the board (though they will occasionally comment on things during their own discussion). Print your comments out in a large typeface, and practice in front of a mirror with a stop watch. Try to keep your comments focused on one or two main points, and trim out anything that doesn’t directly support those points. As with e-mail, keep your remarks civil and stick to policy issues.

Three minutes is plenty of time if you keep your message simple and direct.