• Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,

    I want to bring to your attention two important announcements related to Othello School District’s Board of Directors and the district boundaries in which these directors serve.

    Proposed Reapportionment

    As many of you already know, the February 12 special election ballot includes a proposal from the Othello School District requesting a change to the current district boundaries for school board directors. The proposed measure would allow more flexibility and opportunity for Othello citizens to participate in the school board and future elections by changing the current director areas as follows:

    • Currently there are 4 directors in area districts and 1 at-large director district 
    • The proposal will change it to 3 directors in area districts and 2 at-large director districts 

    An at-large district simply means that a person who runs for election in that district may live anywhere inside the boundaries of the entire district rather than smaller defined boundaries within the district. 

    Board Vacancy

    At the same time, we have had a new development on our board, independent of the reapportioning request. The board member in District 4, Tony Ashton, resigned from his position because he is moving to another part of the state, thus creating a vacancy. The newly vacant position must be filled within 90 days by a community member living in District 4.  Applications will be available beginning February 4, and will be due by 12 p.m. on February 25, to Thalia Lemus via email at tdeleon@othelloschool.org or in person at the district office located at 1025 s. 1st avenue.

    Policy Governance Workshop

    If you are interested to learn more about policy governance prior to committing to be a part of the OSD Board of Directors, you are welcome to join us on Monday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm for a Policy Governance workshop in the OSD Boardroom.

    Our objective is to continue to support the district's vision to cultivate a safe environment of respect, where instruction is intentional, engaging, challenging, and accessible for all students. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these changes and our quest to realize this goal.

    Robert Simmons
    Board President
    Othello School Board of Directors