Better Oversight, Bolder Ideas, Open Public Fiscal Review!

As a citizen and a parent, I've watched as irresponsible decisions made by unethical administrator's have cost taxpayers dearly!

Young Minds and Teachers, suffer in unruly classrooms filled beyond capacity. We higher taxes and wasted resources.

Students study and observe their world and clearly we are sending them the wrong messages!

District Management in Armani Suit's driving Lexus Cars.

We deserve better and so do our children!

Recently, Superintendent spoke before the School Board indicating some $225. Million needed to build new schools in the Damascus and Boring Corridor.

School Board members sat by in apparent awe.

Amazingly, their was no mention of "Saving's from solar energy" that could reduce, defray or even cancel energy cost's of new school buildings.

Across this land, School Districts have and are building new schools that take advantage of Solar and Renewable Energy. From the day of christening, these schools have performed remarkably, saving tax payers millions, now available for smaller class size and to employee needed teachers.

Why not here?

As populations of Damascus/Boring soar, new schools will be built! But, Will they be built with long range vision? With Planning that will negate a need to retro-fit them?

Energy credit$, rebate$, incentive$ abound, why is their such little talk of their implementation.

As a School Custodian at Barlow and Damascus, I have watched as poor decisions and waste have saddled Gresham taxpayers with unfair expenses.

I've watched as those responsible were rewarded, and those sounding the alarm, were punished.

As an Energy Management Student and a citizen of this fair Community, I promise to do my level best to address the concerns of the taxpayers of this District, and to keep District cost to a reasonable level, that allows the best advantage our children can get!

(This information furnished by William E. Dodds)


OCCUPATION: Sales Manager

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Sales Manager, Information Technology Manager, Systems Consultant, Systems and Procedures Analyst, Programmer/Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Pricing Analyst

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Concordia University, Business Management and Communications, BS, Summa Cum Laude; Mt. Hood Community College, Computer Applications Specialist, AS; Madison High School (Portland), Diploma.

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Vice-Chair, Gresham-Barlow School Board; Oregon School Activities Association Eligibility Appeals Board; Center for Advanced Learning Planning and Design Symposium; Gresham-Barlow School District Principal Selection Panel; Gresham-Barlow School District Alternative Calendar Task Force; West Gresham Grade School Technology Advisory Committee.

In my current role as the Vice-Chair of the Gresham-Barlow School Board, I am keenly aware of the challenges facing school districts all across Oregon. We constantly deal with inadequate and unstable funding of our schools. Combine the ever increasing regulations and costs associated with running a school district and it becomes nearly overwhelming.

However, there is one thing that keeps volunteers like myself involved at this level: our students. Every student in the Gresham-Barlow School District deserves to have the best education possible. I take seriously my role to help guide our District through complicated, difficult and frustrating environments so our students can receive the world-class education to which they are entitled.

It is a difficult task to balance short term and long term needs. It is an obligation we have to both current and future students to manage for today, but plan for tomorrow. Every one of the Gresham-Barlow School District's dedicated teachers, classified employees, administrators and the superintendent share my desire to serve our students. With your support, I will be able to help them face these challenges for another four years.

Thank you.

(This information furnished by David L. Wiederrich)