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Statesman Journal Questionnaire - Gayle Strawn

Statesman Journal Questionnaire - Gayle Strawn

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Published by: Statesman Journal on May 09, 2013
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Statesman Journal Mini-Questionnaire for 2013 SKSD Board Candidates
Dear Salem-Keizer School Board candidates:
Thank you in advance for responding to this questionnaire, which is for use by Statesman JournalEditorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Your answers alsowill be shared with reporters, may be published in the print newspaper and will be posted onStatesmanJournal.com. Please return this questionnaire by e-mail to Nancy Harrington at
9 a.m. Monday, May 6.
Name: Gayle StrawnAge
(If your age will change before the May 21 election, please add your birthdate):62
School board zone: 5PART I: BACKGROUND INFORMATIONHow the public can reach your campaign
(this is for publication): 
Mail address: 6485 Nesting Pl SE, Salem Oregon 97317 E-mail address: strawn66@gmail.comWeb site URL:Phone: 503-581-4318Current occupation/employer
(if any): Richard A. Strawn Construction, Inc.secretary/treasurer, bookkeeper
Previous occupations/employers: Salem Keizer Schools , St. Joseph ChurchColleges attended, degree, graduation date:High schools attended, graduation date: North Salem High School (1968)Family: Husband (Richard A. Strawn) 3 Children and 5 Grandchildren
How long have you lived in the Salem-Keizer School District? 62 years
If you have children, what public and private schools did they attend, or are they attending?Our 3 children attended Salem Keizer public schools, all graduating from NorthSalem High School ( Teacher, Physical Therapist and a Veterinary Student ) ( K - 3rd grade ourmiddle daughter attended St. Joseph Catholic School, our oldest daughter attended St. JosephCatholic School for grade school and Sacred Heart for middle school )
Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensingboard/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give thedetails.
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other majoraccounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.
Salem-Keizer School District committees, activities or organizations you are or have beeninvolved in
(Please include approximate years -- such as, “2008-present” -- for this question andthe following ones):North Salem Band Boosters 1991 -1994 then again 2000 - 2004
Other experience in public and/or private education
(please be specific):Teachers Aid at St. Joseph Catholic School 1976-1980 then again 1982 - 1985
Educational organizations you are, or have been, involved in and any offices held
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Civic, community, religious and cultural organizations you are, or have been, involved inand any offices held
(include service clubs, chamber of commerce, church/religiousorganizations, neighborhood associations, non-profits, unions, etc.):Salem Hospital Volunteer through St. Joseph Catholic Church
What is the largest budget you have handled? Approximately one million dollars annually
during my tenure as bookkeeper at St. Joseph Chruch/School.Who encouraged you to run for the school board? Who are your major supporters(individuals, groups, etc.)?
Community members and Oregon Right to Life
How much will your campaign cost? Less than $750.00If you are elected, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on Salem-Keizer SchoolDistrict business?
I will commit to the hours necessary to resolve issues and to acquire needed information for aninformed decision.
How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year? 3How many have you watched on CCTV? noneWhat social-media applications do you regularly use?e-mail , on line news / radioPlease help us understand your connections to the school district. In responding to thefollowing questions, if your answer is “yes” please give complete details.
Have you ever worked for the Salem-Keizer School District or any other district or privateschool? yes. Salem-Keizer as a bus driver 1977, Sacred Heart - bus driver - 1980,St. Joseph School - school lunch program - 1982
Have you, or any company or organization in which you were involved, been a supplier orcontractor for the Salem-Keizer district? Richard A. Strawn Construction, Inc. contractedto do a one time list of small jobs - duration approx one week - in multiple buildings.
Have any of your family members worked for the school district? Only as stated above
PART II: EDUCATION ISSUES. Please limit your response for each question to about 75words.1. Why are you running for the Salem-Keizer School Board?
I see a need for truth and transparency from our School Board and School officials;especially on the issue of Planned Parenthood teaching at North and McKay High Schools.
2. What strengths or assets would you bring to serving on the school board?
I would bring truthfullness and transparency, moral values, and ability to view from a parent'sprospective.

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