SCHOOL BOARD RESOURCES
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FRSD BoardBook – School Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas
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SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
Term Expires: 6/30/21
Term Expires: 6/30/23
Board Chair 2019-2020
Term Expires: 6/30/21
Term Expires: 6/30/23
Board Member Bios
Andrea Larson (2020-2021 WLTLC Rep):
I have been a FRSD board member since January, 2008, when I was appointed to fill a vacant position and have since been elected for three additional 4-year terms. I did not join the board because I had an agenda; I come from a family that believes strongly in being an active member of one’s community and believed that my educational and professional background would help me make a positive contribution.
I work for the University of Oregon in the Office of Institutional Research, an administrative unit that provides data and analyses for campus decision makers, as well as legislators, the media, and many other entities that want information about the UO and higher education in general. We are also responsible for all mandatory reporting to state and federal agencies and assist academic units with their mandatory reporting to their accrediting bodies, so I believe I have a good understanding of the amount of reporting that Oregon school districts are required to do, as well as the frustrations that go along with it, such as poorly communicated and ever-changing instructions and deadlines. I have worked in this office since 1998 when my husband and I relocated from Austin, Texas after I completed my graduate degree at the University of Texas (I have a master’s degree in developmental psychology). Prior to that, we lived in the Redding and Sacramento, California areas.
I grew up outside of Eagle River, Alaska, but graduated from high school in California after spending my junior and senior years recovering from the culture and temperature shock of moving from Alaska to one of the hottest places in the nation.
I have one child who attends Elmira High School, and she has been a student in the district since she started kindergarten at Veneta Elementary (in Mrs. Cutsforth’s inaugural year). A challenge that comes with being a school board member with a child in your district is having to walk a fine line between pushing for things that will benefit your child and being sure that those things are what are best for all of the children in the district. I believe that I have done a good job of doing this, and hope that those who know me would agree.
My mother was a high school English teacher, so I am very aware of how many hours teachers really put in, and actively challenge those who suggest differently. I believe that public K-12 educators are among the most underappreciated and important individuals in our society, and I am proud to be able to support the FRSD staff so that they can achieve excellence in providing our students with the quality education that will prepare them for full and successful lives.
I have spent time as a volunteer in the schools over the years and make every effort to attend events, performances, and fundraisers at every school. I am delighted by and extremely proud of our students and thank you for making it possible for me to serve them.
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Barbara Graham-Adams (2020-2021 EHS Rep):
I am privileged to be mother to four awesome young men, two of which have graduated from Elmira High and two are attending FRMS. Since moving to Veneta in 2009, I’ve enjoyed raising my children in our community and I’m interested in supporting the efforts of our educators. I’m an only child, born and raised in Jamaica where I spent my first 22 years.
My journey to Oregon started 1997 in Miami, Florida, where I worked with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In 2002, still supporting the cruise line, I transferred to Wichita, KS and in 2006, again transferred to Springfield, OR. In 2013, I resigned from the cruise line; however, within three months, figured out being a stay at home mom was not my calling.
I’m currently supporting GloryBee in the role of Senior Sales Manager. My studies include Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. I’ve completed a Leadership Program through the Eugene-Springfield Chamber of Commerce Program. Over the years, I’ve supported a number of organization as a volunteer: Eugene Police Department: I was responsible to process District Attorney’s Office Case Management email/requests for disposition to officers for the Property Control Unit. Womenspace: I supported the hotline for callers affected by domestic violence as a Crisis Advocate. Fern Ridge Education Foundation: I maintained documents, filing of reports and financial records for the foundation as Secretary & Treasury. Currently serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to be the voice for abuse and neglected children.
I am excited to be given the opportunity to support our community, our children and those who work within Fern Ridge School district. Please contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-935-2253 ext. 1203.
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Mark Boren (2020-2021 EES Rep):
I am honored to represent the students, parents and staff on the Board. I was appointed in March of 2018 and elected in May. I grew up in the Bethel School District and graduated from Willamette High School. I met my wonderful wife in a P.E. class my freshman year and we have been together the last 35 plus years. We moved to Veneta about 27 years ago and raised 5 children that all went through the Fern Ridge School District. Our oldest two daughters went to Central Elementary. When our youngest two were in 4th and 1st grades, Central closed and they finished at Veneta. We also had a young man (whom we consider our son) live with us for his Junior and Senior years at Elmira after going to Elmira Elementary and FRMS.
I started volunteering with Lane County Fire District #1 in 1997 and was fortunate enough to get hired full time in 2003 as the Training Officer. I am now one of two Training Officers for Lane Fire Authority and am stationed on Sundays at our Irving-area Station and Monday through Thursday in Veneta. Over the past 14 years, I have served on both local and state fire training executive committees.
I enjoy doing volunteer work in the community such as; SMART reader at Veneta Elementary, 5th grade outdoor school, sideline helper with Elmira JV and Varsity football, assistant coach Elmira boys basketball, and in the past, FRSD Budget Committee and TSP School Rep and coach.
Prior to working for Lane Fire Authority, I worked as a special education Instructional Assistant with the Lane ESD for 15 years, working mostly in a high school setting. While working in the schools, I also umpired High School fastpitch softball and adult slowpitch softball in the area. This allowed me to utilize conflict resolution strategies with adult coaches and players. I had the opportunity to work three slowpitch National Championships; Women’s Major in Salem, OR, Men’s Major in Waterloo, Iowa, and the Men’s “A” in Dothan, Alabama.
My coaching and Fire/EMS background has allowed me to see the big picture, as well as the needs of individual instruction and growth. I am very excited to be on the board and look forward to serving the students of this district for the next four years and hopefully beyond that.
Tiana Povenmire-Kirk (2020-2021 VES Rep):
I am the daughter of two long-time educators and the mother/stepmother of eight children, all who have benefited from public school. I earned my PhD in Special Education and Clinical Sciences in 2009 and have worked with school districts in Oregon, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington DC, Arkansas, and Texas. I have been involved in service to my local communities everywhere I have lived for over three decades.
Currently, four of our children are students in FRSD, at Veneta Elementary and Fern Ridge Middle. My experiences in FRSD have been overwhelmingly positive. Our children have been students in 9 different school districts in 7 cities. Fern Ridge is the best district we’ve encountered. I have supervised hundreds of practicum students in countless districts across the country, and I know how bad it can be, which means I know how good we have it. Our youngest son is medically fragile (he only has half a heart) and he starts kindergarten this year. Our willingness to send him to school, to trust teachers, IAs, and administrators to keep him safe, is evidence of the faith we have in this district and this community.
I have actively supported parent groups at the elementary and middle schools, and I served as a parent on the committee to hire Principal Leatham at VES. Previously, I chaired several search committees in higher education, hiring faculty at two different universities. I was the Chair of the Human Rights and Cultural Diversity Committee and served on the executive board for the Division on Career Development and Transition of the Council for Exceptional Children for six years.
I joined the School Board to be part of something amazing! I hope to support FRSD in continuing continue to grow and meet the changing needs of our community. I want us to creatively solve issues as they arise, to proactively address areas of risk (i.e. low SES, Mental Health, Bullying, high-needs, low-resource families, etc.), and to continue to grow into a place where every single student feels like they can belong.
When I am not chasing kids or attending meetings, I am cheering my son on the sidelines of the soccer field or basketball court, sewing dance costumes for our local dance studio, or on my back porch tie dying. A creative at heart, you’ll usually find me doing something with color, fabric, or food.
Jackie Turle (2020-2021 FRMS Rep):
I am excited to be a member of the Fern Ridge School District Board and to help further the mission this district has: “Provide excellence for every student so that each will reach their greatest potential.” I have been a member of this community for over twenty years. During this time, I have served as an assistant principal of the high school, an assistant principal of the middle school and the principal of Elmira Elementary School. I have been active in working with this community on bond measures, parent involvement and student empowerment as I believe the schools need to reflect the community’s needs.
Prior to working in the K-12 system, I was a Department Chair at Linn-Benton Community College, a Director of Community Education and the Director of the Business and Training Center. I believe quality education can change lives and I have dedicated my life to assuring that children and adults in our community have exposure and access to a quality education. I also know how imperative it is that parents stay informed so our kids can be whatever they want to be in live with success.
Some of the programs I assisted in building while in administration of the Fern Ridge School District include: Homework Club at the high school, a place where students could meet with tutors and teachers, have a snack, and catch up on subjects they may be falling behind on, receiving extra help after school. College Fair at EHS: a program my team and I put together to assure students who wanted more exposure to college received firsthand information without having to travel to another campus. Professional technical education: my team and I worked to bring back welding and shop classes for students in the Fern Ridge School District so that all students can learn the trades.
I am skilled at building bridges and working with our educational partners statewide from ESD’s to community colleges to trade schools. I am familiar with school budgets including grants and state money and as a taxpayer in this community, I understand the community’s needs and concerns. I bring over thirty years of working in education to this board and as a member of the Fern Ridge community, I am proud to help navigate these waters through this ever-changing time, so that educational success continues to be available to all.