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About

The seven-member Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the school district. The board derives its legal authority from the statutes of the State of Oregon.

The board selects the superintendent as the district’s executive officer and delegates the responsibility for implementing its policies and plans to the superintendent. The board also has the annual responsibility of adopting a balanced school district budget. Board members serve without pay.


Meetings

The school board usually meets in regular public sessions on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Education Center, 200 North Monroe, Eugene. Special meetings and work sessions are scheduled as necessary. For the most recent schedule, please visit this website.

Copies of the agenda for school board meetings and background information about the agenda are available at each school board meeting; agendas also are posted online before each meeting. All regular board meetings are broadcast live on the district’s radio station, KRVM-AM 1280.


Public Input

The school board encourages public input. Comments on items that are not on the board’s agenda may be made at the beginning of each meeting. Audience members who wish to speak may sign up at the beginning of the meeting. Comments also may be sent to board@4j.lane.edu or mailed to School Board, Eugene School District, 200 N. Monroe Street, Eugene. OR 97402. For questions and information please call 541-790-7706.


Policies

Copies of school board policies and the district’s administrative rules can be reviewed at each school and in the Education Center at 200 North Monroe Street. School board policies can also be reviewed at the Eugene Public Library and are also available online at http://policy.osba.org/eugene/.


Elections

Board members are elected from the district at large to serve four-year terms. Board elections occur in May of each odd numbered year. The term of office for board members begins on July 1 immediately following the election.

When a position on the board is vacated before the end of the term, the position will be open for election at the next school board election. The school board will solicit applicants and select by majority vote a community member to appoint to the vacant position until June 30 following the next regular election.

To be eligible to serve on the board, a person must be a registered voter in the school district, must have been a resident of the district for one year immediately preceding the election, and may not be an employee of the district or any charter school within the district.

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Goals

The school board sets goals annually for itself and district administration; each year’s goals are posted online.


Membership

Jim Torrey, Chair
Email: jtorrey@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2007 in Position #5
Term ends: June 30, 2019
Occupation: Retired
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee.

Alicia Hays, Vice Chair
Email: hays_a@4j.lane.edu
Served since: Jan. 8, 2007 in Position #1
Term ends: June 30, 2019
Occupation: Director, Lane County Health and Human Services
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Lane ESD Budget Committee.
Current Community Involvement:  State of Oregon’s Youth Development Council; Zonta; United Way’s Success by Six; United Way’s 100% Access; 90×30 Steering Committee.


Jennifer Geller
Email:  jgeller@4j.lane.edu
Served since:  July 1, 2009 in Position #6
Term ends:  June 30, 2017
Occupation:  Instructor, University of Oregon, University Teaching and Learning Center.
School Board Appointments:  4J Budget Committee; Eugene Education Foundation.
Current Community Involvement:  Eugene Public Library Foundation Board; Rotary; Stand for Children; 4J school volunteer. 


Beth Gerot
Email: gerot_b@4j.lane.edu
Served since: January 20, 1999 in Position #3
Term ends: June 30, 2017
Occupation: Co-Owner, Woodruff Nursery & Landscapes, Inc.; Partner, Woodruff Homes LLC
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; 4J Equity Committee; 4J Bond Oversight Committee; 4J Legislative Priorities Committee; Lane Education Service District Budget Committee; Oregon Quality Education Commission.
Current Community Involvement: Eugene City Club; Eugene Chamber of Commerce; Oregon Business Association; Oregon Association of Nurserymen; Oregon Landscape Contractors Association.

Anne Marie Levis
Email:  alevis@4j.lane.edu
Served since:  July 1, 2009 in Position #2
Term ends:  June 30, 2017
Occupation:  President of Funk/Levis & Associates: a Brand Marketing Firm
School Board Appointments:  4J Budget Committee; Equity Committee
Current Community Involvement:  University of Oregon Alumni Association; ShelterCare Fundraising Committee. 


Craig Smith
Email: smith_cr@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 1995 in Position #4
Term ends: June 30, 2015
Occupation: Attorney
School Board Appointments: Board Chairperson (1999-2001 and 2009-2011); 4J Budget Committee; Financial Policy Committee.
Current Community Involvement: Eugene Chamber of Commerce; Eugene Rotary Club; Eugene City Club.

Mary Walston
Served since: September 30, 2009 in Position #7
Term ends: June 30, 2019
Occupation: Consultant, Legislative Liaison
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Financial Policy Committee; Audit Committee; Charter Schools Council; Lane Council of Governments; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee
Current Community Involvement: Leadership Eugene-Springfield Steering Committee; Pacific Cascade Federal Credit Union Board of Directors; Stand for Children; Oregon Horse Rescue Board of Directors; 4J classroom volunteer.

Incoming board member, elected May 19, 2015:
Eileen Nittler
Will begin term: July 1, 2015 in Position #4
Term ends: June 30, 2019
Occupation: Social Worker
School Board Appointments:
Current Community Involvement: School volunteer; middle school mentor; ASPIRE mentor; Stand for Children.

Student Advisory Panel

A student advisory panel sits with the board at all regular public meetings and represents students’ interests. The panel consists of one representative from each high school.

Student representatives communicate information from the student bodies to the board and from the board to the student bodies.