School Board

The School Board Meeting and Notice for Monday, August 16, 2021 to be held virtually at 6:30 pm has been posted.  Due to a significant rise in COVID-19 infection rates both in Lane County and here in our local community, the Board will be meeting virtually for the August and September meetings, at which time a return to in-person meeting will be re-evaluated.

This meeting can be viewed on Zoom with the information below.

Public comment will be accepted via email at  Please submit you email comments by 4:00 pm on Monday, August 16, 2021.  Comments must be able to be read into record within the three minute time limit and include the full name and address of the sender.

Agenda items include: Flag Salute, Public Comment, Approval of Minutes, ART, Inc Report, Orchid Health Clinic Update, English Language Learner Report, Superintendent’s Report, West Lane Charter School Annual Review, Budge Committee Vacancies, OPTIONS Program Course Approval, School Board Meeting Adjustment for March 2021, Personnel: Licensed, Non-Licensed Personnel Report, Late Items/Closing Comments.

To access the agenda click here.  This will take you to the Fern Ridge SD 28J BoardBook site where you can review board meeting agendas, attachments, and minutes.  For more information contact 541-935-2253 Ext. 1203 or

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January is School Board Appreciation Month.  We want to thank our school board members who work hard to “providing excellence for every student so that each will reach their greatest potential.”


Jebadiah FlowersThis fall brought some changes to the FRSD school board.  Director Jeb Flowers, made the difficult decision to resign from his role on the Board due to changes with his work.   Mr. Flowers began serving on the board in August of 2018.  He brought a unique perspective to our meetings and is passionate about supporting the career and technical education opportunities for students in this district.

We would like to thank Mr. Flowers for the time and effort he dedicated to our school community and his family for supporting him in his position.  Thank you!

The school board received three excellent applications for the open position and after consideration, appointed Jackie Turle as Mr. Flower’s replacement.

School Board Member Jackie Turle

Ms. Turle has been a member of this community for over twenty years and has served as an assistant principal of the high school and middle school and was the principal of Elmira Elementary School.  She has also worked with higher education as a Department Chair at Linn-Benton Community College, a Director of Community Education, and the Director of the Business and Training Center.

Ms. Turle is a skilled educator who will bring a depth of experience and knowledge to our FRSD Board of Directors.  We look forward to working with our school board as we all continue to navigate one of the biggest challenges we have faced in public education.


The FRSD School Board Meeting will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

Our buildings are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Anyone who would like to view the meeting can do so by following the Superintendent Carpenter Facebook page.  The board meeting will be live streamed on this page, Monday the 21st at 6:30 pm.  The meeting agenda and materials can be accessed here. 

Public comments for this meeting can be emailed to Michelle Cook at  Please submit your comment by 4 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020.  Comments must be able to be read into record within the three minute time limit and include your name and physical address.


Fern Ridge is accepting applications for School Board Member Position #1

Appointment Eligibility: To be eligible for appointment, candidates must:

  • Have lived in the district at least 12 months prior to the appointment.
  • Not be an officer or employee of the district.
  • Be a registered voter of the school school district.

Duration of Appointment: The person appointed will serve until June 30, 2021.  If the successful candidate would like to serve the full-term of this position through June 30, 2023, they would need to run for election in May 2021.

The Board will select the appointee as follows:

  • The candidate should have personal integrity, intelligence, and appreciate the values of good education;
  • The candidate should be willing and capable of assuming responsibilities;
  • The candidate should have the ability to work with others, should have the courage of their convictions, should always vote their beliefs and should be a champion of the public schools;
  • The candidate should be prepared and willing to devote a sufficiently large amount of time to the study of the problems of education in the district, as well as the sate and nation at large, so as to be able to interpret them to the electorate;
  • The candidate must be willing and able to make sacrifices of their time and knowledge for the benefit of the district.

How to Apply:  Your completed application can be returned to the Board Secretary at 88834 Territorial Rd. Elmira, Or 97437 or emailed to  The Board will review applications received by October 2, 2020.  Click the link below for a fillable pdf of the application or you can request a paper copy of the application from Michelle Cook at 541-935-2253 Ext 1203.

Click here for a link to the fillable pdf school board member application




Fern Ridge School District appreciates the dedicated and hard working members of our school board every day but January is the month set aside to really honor these dedicated community members who give up many hours of their own time without monetary compensation.  Our board members have their own families and jobs but still give hours of their time to help the staff, students and families in our district.  Mark Boren, Andrea Larson, Jebadiah Flowers, Barbara Graham-Adams and Tiana Povenmire-Kirk are a part of the reason why Fern Ridge  is such a great district to be a part of.  Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do for us!

After 12 years of service, Sterling Pew has made the decision to step down from his position on the Fern Ridge School Board.

Sterling was elected to the school board in July of 2007.  He served as board chair in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and has been the vice-chair in 2009-2010 and 2018-2019.  In a letter addressed to the board, Sterling expressed how much he has enjoyed working with great staff and fellow board members during his time with the district.

We want to take a moment and recognize Sterling for the outstanding service he has given to the students, staff and community of Fern Ridge.  We also want to thank his wife, Charlene for sharing him with us these past 12 years.  Thank you Sterling for your leadership, guidance and advocacy for our students!


Stack of red pencilsThe School Board meeting will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:30pm in the library of Elmira Elementary School.  Elmira Elementary is located at 88960 Territorial Rd. Elmira, Or 97437

Click on this link to access the agenda materials.  If you need additional information or assistance please contact Michelle Cook, Administrative Assistant at 541-935-2253 Ext. 1203


At the meeting of the Fern Ridge School District Board of Directors this past Monday, Mr. Jeb Flowers was selected to fill out the remaining year of the Position #1 seat vacated earlier this month by Ms. Twinkle Morton.

Mr. Flowers will be sworn in at the August 20th school board meeting.  The district thanks everyone that took the time to apply and was willing to serve their community in this capacity.  We look forward to working with Mr. Flowers in the months to come.  Please join us in welcoming him!

The FRSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative      Action/Veteran’s Preference employer.


The district does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,  marital status, religion, disability, or  age in its programs or activities.


  FRSD Title IX Coordinator

       Michelle Marshall



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