To the Editor:

I would like to share my encouragement in supporting a strong candidate for Salem-Keizer School Board.

This is a very close race between great people, all who deserve our respect for their willingness to serve. I have researched each of the candidates while keeping in mind this is a nonpartisan race; my opinion is based on their credentials and responses to what I believe our local needs are and for this reason I believe the best candidate is Dr. Kathleen Harder.

Though Salem-Keizer Schools have separate issues in each area of our neighborhoods, I am most experienced and involved right here in our Keizer schools. In Keizer, we face many issues: overcrowding, graduation rates, budget cuts, neighborhood parking, vital school programs have been cut that give our kids the necessary tools and skills to fulfill their potential after graduation and becoming productive members of our society which means our Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are vital to our kid’s success.

The closest to my heart however is the amount of homeless students in our local Keizer schools.  I know Kathleen will fight for these issues, our issues! She is passionate, compassionate and willing to fight the fight for what is right. This is the kind of human we need on our school board. I know the programs and initiatives she has been working towards and she believes in collaboration and utilizing our local resources above all.

I also believe she will be a good steward of our school budget keeping the needs of our kids at the forefront. I am proud to recommend this quality candidate to you my neighbors not only do I recommend her as your local community leader who truly understands the issues of our local schools but as a neighbor and mother who has raised her kids entirely through Keizer school system and knows firsthand the struggles our schools, neighborhoods, teachers and kids face daily. Our choice today will be the determination of our success tomorrow for all of our kids so please take the time to vote, I’m voting Kathleen Harder. Your vote matters.

Amy Ryan
Keizer