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Here’s our first submission by Liz Martin, seeking your vote to retain her as a member of the Lincoln County School Board.
Liz Martin Announces Candidacy for School Board
Pledging to continue her commitment to the children, schools and citizens of Lincoln County, Depoe Bay resident Liz Martin is seeking reelection to the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors. She has held the Zone 2 seat since 2010.
“As the school district faces many complicated challenges, it’s more important than ever to have experienced School Board members who understand the issues and are able to work together on complex matters,” says Martin, who has been board chairman for the past year. “Board members have to know and understand the budgeting process. We have to be familiar with policies and procedures. We have to make good fiscal decisions,” Martin explains. “I spend countless hours studying and preparing for board meetings. I do my homework so I can make informed decisions. When making decisions, I always think about what is best for children. That is what our job is — to make sure each child is set up for success to be a productive citizen in life. I feel we owe that to them.”
Although Martin has been on the School Board since 2010, her commitment to the local schools, students and community goes back years. As the third generation of a Lincoln County family, the Depoe Bay native attended Lincoln County schools and graduated from Taft High School in Lincoln City. Later, when her two children entered school in Newport, Martin began her enduring involvement with the local schools. “My mother told me the success of my children in school depends on my involvement with their schools,” Martin recalls “I took her advice to heart.” While she was actively involved in her children’s many activities, Martin also made a point to look out for the best interests of other schoolchildren as well, by serving on a school site council for 18 years, being an active parent volunteer, parent volunteer coordinator, booster club president, and high school equestrian team advisor and founder.
Although her children both graduated from college a few years ago, Martin has continued her involvement with the schools. For the past eight years, she served as an ASPIRE mentor to 24 high school juniors and seniors, helping them to attain scholarships and higher education beyond high school. In 2009, in recognition of her important contribution to local schools, Martin was presented with Lincoln County School District’s highest award for volunteerism, the Tom Moore Memorial Award. This award is given annually to one individual who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit by giving his or her heart and soul to the district’s school children.
Martin’s involvement with the school district and the community soon expanded beyond the schools. Before her appointment to the LCSD Board of Education in 2010, she served on the district’s Budget Committee and the Bond Levy Committee. She also has served on the City of Newport Library Foundation, City of Newport Room Tax Advisory Board, the Work Force Investment Board, the Food Share Cooking Matters Mentoring Program, board member of Altrusa Club of Yaquina Bay, and board member of the Neighbors For Kids program in Depoe Bay.
“In my position as School Board chair, I understand and appreciate that citizens have placed their trust in us to do our best for every child, every day; to handle finances properly; and to include the public in our decision-making process,” Martin says. “I believe the School Board and the school district have been transparent in our communications with citizens. In fact, I have always provided my personal email and phone number to anyone who asks, and I reply to my constituents with answers they are seeking to the best of my ability.”
Martin currently works as development director for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County. “The School Board has set high goals for the district — higher achievement for our students and more collaboration with the community to take advantage of local resources,” Martin says. “I support these efforts as we strive to provide an outstanding learning environment for all schools in each of our communities.”
“In conclusion, I ask voters to give me their support. I am the best candidate for this position based on my experience, integrity, knowledge, my passion for learning, and a love for children.”
Martin can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 541-270-1300.