The Lincoln County School District welcomes three new members who start their terms on July 1, 2021. They include Mike Rawles in Zone 3 (South Beach, Nye Creek, Newport Bay, Oceanview, Yaquina, Pacific); Peter Vince in Zone 4 (Big Elk, Elk City, Fruitvale, Eddyville, Siletz, Rock Creek, East Toledo, South Toledo); and Senitila McKinley Zone 5 (Waldport, Alsea, Seaview, Tidewater, Yachats, Bayview, Seal Rock).
The departing members are Ron Beck in Zone 3; Jenny Demaris in Zone 4; and Amanda Remund in Zone 5.
Dr. Karen Gray, Superintendent of Lincoln County School District is thankful for the work they have done and said, “We wish to honor our departing board members and thank them for their years of service and dedication to our families and students in our District. They have helped us reach new heights of program outreach, went through the hiring process of superintendents (including myself!), and worked tirelessly to keep us fiscally responsible and stretch our dollars to support our staff and students.”
Amanda Remund, departing board member in Zone 5, and past board chair received the Tom Moore Award in recognition of her volunteer work at the June 8 meeting. Amanda added as a goodbye, “It’s been an honor to serve all our schools. I joined the school board because I loved our schools in Waldport, but after six years on the board, I love all our schools! We have amazing staff throughout the district and a phenomenal superintendent. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve our communities.”
Jenny Demaris, leaving Zone 4, Jenny says, “I feel very honored by the Lincoln County Community Members to serve in my position these past four years. Elected Officials have a unique role to serve and make decisions for the good of their community but while keeping a balance of fiduciary accountability, student interest, and curriculum fundamentals. I believe the most valued influence I and my co-Directors had over the past four years was the adoption of the new standardized curriculum, hiring of our Superintendent, and development of our long-range strategic plan. My thanks to all of the staff, volunteers, students, and community members who continue to value our local school district.
Ron Beck, leaving Zone 3, Ron says, “It has been my pleasure to serve the students and the voters of Lincoln County over the past (almost) 19 years. Looking back, I came to the board as budget cuts had brought the recall of the other four members. We worked hard to keep the schools working as we implemented what seemed like a never-ending train of cuts. Today – we are on an excellent financial footing and even with the lack of adequate support from the legislature, continue to work hard to meet our goals. It has been a good run and an honor that I will remember fondly. Thank you Lincoln County.”
Dr. Karen Gray also extended a warm welcome to the new members, “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to meet and collaborate with our new board members! There is so much we have in the works from adding more music to our schools to adopting a fresh curriculum and deep dives into diversity equity and inclusion in our District. I appreciate their willingness to join us in this work and their help in achieving our strategic plan.”
New Members are pictured below in order of Zones.
Mike Rawles – Zone 3
Mike says he is excited about, “Learning. Expanding diversity. Communicating with parents, children, and teachers.”
Peter Vince – Zone 4
The most important task facing the LCSD is to engage our young people in their education. Their success represents our future. As an LCSD Board member, I will commit my energies to make our district even more successful.”
Senitila McKinley – Zone 5
Children’s needs should be the top priority in everything we do as a community therefore, their education should be the highest priority. I hope to be the voice that connects the community and the educators for the benefit of our children.