Greg Holland, 54, a Waldport City Councilor for the last six years, has filed for the Zone 5 School Board seat. All voters throughout Lincoln County will vote in this race. The May 19th vote is a special election to fill the remaining two years of the term of Terri Woodd who resigned.
Holland believes in his ideas and opinions regarding the Lincoln County educational system and decided this was the time to either take action or stop complaining. His candidacy is partially due to the hiring of a new school superintendent who has brought ideas about improving the LCSD. Holland believes he can work with him and the board to see changes implemented. Holland feels the school board is too complacent, stagnate and fails to address growing problems such as high absenteeism and falling graduation rates. Holland would bring budgeting, contracts, constituent service experience and a strong attorney/negotiation background.
Mr. Holland is embarking on an informal listening tour, eliciting from parents, teachers, administrators and interested groups as to what are perceived as LCSD successes, problems and possible solutions that the school board should consider. Please contact him at GregHolland97394@Gmail.com if you or a group would like to be heard on various issues.
Mr. Holland realizes some high school students are not college bound. The LCSD needs expansion of opportunities for these students to avoid them falling into the minimum wage jobs trap. LCSD should place students into real-life occupations, positions leading to good jobs once they graduate high school. LCSD does this on a smaller scale, such as the students placed with the Waldport Fire Department. They gain the skills of a firefighter while attending Waldport High and have a great job upon graduation. These opportunities could lead to a decrease in the high absentee rates and increasing the graduation rates.
Holland received his K-12 education in both in Kansas City and graduated in rural Missouri. His graduating class consisted of 23 students. Holland recognizes the need for smaller class size as he valued the personal attention he often received.
Holland earned a B.S. degree in Political Science, a M.S. degree in Political Science, worked full-time while attending law school and passed the California State Bar exam in 1991. Although he has taken early retirement, he remains a licensed California attorney.
Holland supports the LCSD program with OCCC and early college course-taking by students. The funding shortfall might be addressed through grants and other options. With the explosion of online courses, perhaps less expensive options might be worked out with other Oregon universities. Holland would also advocate for major discounts by OCCC to help meet LCSD funding issues.
Holland proposes instituting a zero-tolerance policy on bullying. Holland was bullied in his school years about his perceived sexual orientation at a time when he didn’t know what a sexual orientation meant. Holland is amazed all these years later, bullying still causes emotional and physical harm and destroys the ability to obtain an education. “We need to stop the problem and take strong action,” Holland said.
Holland wants the school board, administrators, parents and teachers to form a joint legislative lobbying effort. LCSD seems only reactive to what Salem sends our way. Legislators should know our stance on such things as common core and funding. As a group, we could exert real muscle to get things done or stop bad legislation. It is imperative if we are to improve the educational system.
If funding is available, Holland seeks the return of courses which helped him grow into a well-rounded individual. Holland is pushing art, music, drama and similar courses. Giving students an opportunity to expand their horizons should be a goal of everyone.
The school board must find better methods to work with our teachers.
The board and teachers needn’t be enemies when it is time to negotiate a new contract. Teachers need respect, be compensated fairly and help make decisions on classroom issues.
Holland is married to his domestic partner of 27 years, Dr. Carlos Lazaro. They spend way too much time spoiling their two rescue dogs, Maddy and Yogi.