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 Journal Editorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Your answers also will be shared with reporters, may be published in the print newspaper and will be posted on Please return this questionnaire by e-mail to Nancy Harrington at by 9 a.m. Monday, May 6. Name: Paul Kyllo Age 55, October 24, 1957 School board zone: Seven (7)

PART I: BACKGROUND INFORMATION How the public can reach your campaign (this is for publication): Mail address: 4054 Ibex St. NE, Salem, OR 97305 E-mail address: Web site URL: Phone: 503-508-3411

Current occupation/employer (if any): Retired Consultant

Previous occupations/employers: Oregon Education Association – UniServ Consultant 1992-2013 Clackamas Community College – Student Programs Specialist 1986-1991 Colleges attended, degree, graduation date: University of Oregon, post graduate classes LERC, 1992 Oregon State University 1980-82, MEd, CSSA, June 1982 Oregon College of Education, 1977-79, BS Mathematics Education, May 1979 Clackamas Community College, 1975-77, AA Mathematics, May 1977. High schools attended, graduation date: Canby Union High School, Canby Oregon, May 1975

Family: One brother, one sister (brother-in-law, 3 nephews, one niece)

How long have you lived in the Salem-Keizer School District? 1983-1991, 1997- 2013 If you have children, what public and private schools did they attend, or are they attending?

Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. NO

Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details. NO Salem-Keizer School District committees, activities or organizations you are or have been involved in (Please include approximate years -- such as, “2008-present” -- for this question and the following ones): Consultant to SKEA and ASK ESP 1997-2013 Yes for Schools 1983 - 1986 Other experience in public and/or private education (please be specific): Consultant to employees in Marion and Yamhill counties. President elect of WOU Alumni Association

Educational organizations you are, or have been, involved in and any offices held: Oregon Education Association, delegate to Representative assembly Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:

Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when: Salem School Board 1996 Civic, community, religious and cultural organizations you are, or have been, involved in and any offices held (include service clubs, chamber of commerce, church/religious organizations, neighborhood associations, non-profits, unions, etc.):

Board Faith Lutheran Church, Vice President of Council, 2011-12 WOU Alumni Board, 2010- Present, President Elect (term begins May 2013) Oregon Board of Landscape Architects, Treasurer and Vice Chair Oregon Board of Radiologic Technology, Chair What is the largest budget you have handled?

Who encouraged you to run for the school board? Who are your major supporters (individuals, groups, etc.)? I have the endorsement of SKEA and ASK ESP. My decision was my own. I am my own largest supporter. How much will your campaign cost? Less than $100 If you are elected, how many hours a week do you expect to spend on Salem-Keizer School District business? 5 How many school board meetings have you attended in the past year? 0 How many have you watched on CCTV? 0 What social-media applications do you regularly use? Facebook Please help us understand your connections to the school district. In responding to the following 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 private school? Yes, I was a substitute teacher for North Marion, Canby and Oregon City. • Have you, or any company or organization in which you were involved, been a supplier or contractor for the Salem-Keizer district? NO • Have any of your family members worked for the school district? NO PART II: EDUCATION ISSUES. Please limit your response for each question to about 75 words. 1. Why are you running for the Salem-Keizer School Board? I believe that it is the duty of a citizen to serve the public through participation in government. I

have experience with schools and school employees and feel that I can use my experience and talent to serve the students, citizens and staff of the District. 2. What strengths or assets would you bring to serving on the school board? I have worked with budgets, policy, employee contracts, and school district issues for over 20 years. 3. What do you see as the strengths of the current school board? The strength of the Board is a willingness to serve the community, and the ability to sit through the abundance of meetings. 4. What do you see as the weaknesses of the current school board? The Board has become insulated from the community through the guidance of legal counsel and the district administration. 5. What changes would you like to make in the Salem-Keizer School District? More contact with staff and those front line education providers to obtain a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective. 6. How would you describe your philosophy of education? Education is the foundation of democracy, and that education needs to include the opportunities to learn by doing. Education should produce citizens who can make informed decisions, which means the ability to analyze, synthesize, and work with information. It is not taking tests determined by others. It is basic skills that can be applied to new and challenging situations and requirement. It is knowing the rules of good writing and having the creativity and ideas to express. 7. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected to the school board? A. (75 words): No more teaching to the test: reducing the emphasis on test scores and emphasize good teaching instead. Class-sizes are too large and student needs too great for the current system to remain intact. B. (75 words): Work and look for stable and adequate funding sources. Grants come with strings and are limited duration money, so they are not the answer to the funding shortfall. C. (75 words): Staff opinions need to be considered in decisions. Input only from the upper administration does not account for the extra work load and unreasonable expectations placed on staff.

8. What education-related publications do you regularly read to keep on the news and on educational issues (magazines, journals, newspapers, Web sites, etc.)? None right now.

Thank you for your time. Again, please return this questionnaire to Nancy Harrington by 9 a.m. Monday, May 6. Her e-mail address is

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