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About the Board

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.


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. This schedule sometimes varies, and special meetings and work sessions are scheduled as necessary.

The agenda for school board meetings and background information about the agenda are posted online in advance of each school board meeting.

How to listen: Regular board meetings and work sessions are broadcast live on the district’s radio station’s AM band, KRVM-AM 1280, and streamed live online. Audio recordings also are posted online after each meeting.

How to watch:  Meetings are live broadcast on Zoom.

Board Meeting Information
2021–22 Board Meeting Calendar

Public Input

The school board encourages public input. There is a time for public comments scheduled near the beginning of each regular board meeting. Comments do not need to be related to items on the meeting agenda. Audience members who wish to speak must sign up before the meeting.

Comments also may be sent to board@4j.lane.edu or mailed to School Board, Eugene School District 4J, 200 N. Monroe Street, Eugene OR 97402. For questions and information please call 541-790-7706.

During the coronavirus pandemic, while meetings are being held virtually, 4J residents are invited to provide live public comment to the school board via Zoom. Submit a request at 4j.lane.edu/publiccomment by noon on the Monday before the board meeting.

Public Comment to the Board


School board policies are available online. Copies of school board policies and the district’s administrative rules also can be reviewed at the 4J Education Center at 200 N. Monroe St., at each school, or at the Eugene Public Library.

School Board Policies


The school board sets goals for itself and district administration; these goals are posted online.


Board members are elected from the district at large, not from geographical zones. Board elections occur in May of each odd numbered year. The four-year 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.

Resources provided by the Oregon School Boards Association:
How to Become a School Board Candidate
School Board Candidate Guide


Alicia Hays
Email: hays_a@4j.lane.edu
Served since: Jan. 8, 2007 in Position #1
Term ends: June 30, 2023
Occupation: Retired
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Audit and Finance Committee; Instructional Advisory Council; Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee

Laural O’Rourke
Email: orourke_l@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2021 in Position #2
Term ends: June 30, 2025
Occupation: Lane County Economic Development Management Analyst
School Board Appointments: TBA

Judy Newman, 2021-22 Chair
Email: newman_j@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2017 Position #3
Term ends: June 30, 2021
Occupation: Director of Early Childhood CARES of Lane County
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Board Leadership; Legislative Committee

Gordon Lafer
Email: lafer_g@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2019 in Position #4
Term ends: June 30, 2023
Occupation: Professor, University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Charter School Council; Lane ESD Budget

Martina Shabram, 2021–22 Vice Chair
Email: shabram_m@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2019 in Position #5
Term ends: June 30, 2023
Occupation: Engaging Allies Coordinator at Sexual Assault Support Services
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Instructional Advisory Council; Legislative Committee

Maya Rabasa
Email: rabasa_m@4j.lane.edu
Served since: July 1, 2021 in Position #6
Term ends: June 30, 2025
Occupation: N/A
School Board Appointments: TBA

Mary Walston
Email: mwalston@4j.lane.edu
Served since: September 30, 2009 in Position #7
Term ends: June 30, 2023
Occupation: Retired
School Board Appointments: 4J Budget Committee; Board Leadership; Audit and Finance Committee; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee

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.