By Janet Goetze
For the Star News
The candidates for Portland School Board positions Four, Five and Six have been invited to a forum at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Multnomah County Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. The unpaid board members are elected by voters city-wide but they must reside in one of seven zones.
Steve Buel isn’t seeking re-election to represent Zone Four, which covers portions of North and Northeast Portland including Faubion, Woodlawn, Chief Joseph and Peninsula elementary schools and Ockley Green Middle School.
Pam Knowles, after serving two consecutive terms, won’t seek re-election to Zone Five, which includes Grant and Madison high school attendance areas, Beaumont Middle School, and Vernon, Sabin, Alameda, Beverly Cleary, Rose City Park, Rigler, Harvey Scott, Roseway Heights, Alliance/Meek and Laurelhurst elementary schools.
School board chairman Tom Koehler is stepping down after one four-year term representing Zone Six, which covers portions of Southeast Portland and an area east of Northeast 82nd Avenue including Lee Elementary School. The zone also includes Franklin High and Mt. Tabor, Glencoe, Creston, Bridger, Harrison and Vestal elementary schools.
Candidates for District Four include Rita Moore, a district budget committee member, and Jamila Singleton Munson, who has worked with charter schools.
Those seeking the District Five seat include economist and schools activist Scott Bailey, account manager and school committee member Virginia La Forte and business analyst Traci Flitcraft.
District Six candidates include Julia Brim-Edwards, a Nike executive and former board member; Ed Bos, an executive at Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council; Josie Simonis, a data scientist; Zach Babb, an app developer; and Trisha Parks, a Beaverton School District teacher and union leader.
The League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund, Oregon Parent Teacher Association and Communities and Parents for Public Schools are presenting the forum. It will be taped and televised by MetroEast Community Media and will be available on demand through election day, May 16, at www.lwvpdx.org.