Statewide campaign aims to get more people to run for school boards

Release Date: 
February 7, 2017

Each year, hundreds of volunteers from across the state raise their hands to coach, mentor, teach and campaign for their community’s schools.

But when it comes to volunteering for Oregon’s school boards, fewer hands get raised.

According to the Oregon School Boards Association, nearly three-quarters of the seats for school boards, education service districts and community college boards were uncontested during the last round of board elections in 2015.

While the majority of these races drew at least one person, 8 percent of the seats drew no candidates at all. That year marked the lowest number of school board candidates in a decade.

Read the complete article at Eastern Oregonian.

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