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New board member no stranger to public service

A new face on the Phoenix-Talent School Board isn’t so new to public education leadership in the Rogue Valley.

Michael Campbell, chosen by the School Board to fill Position 6, covering the Medford-Phoenix zone, starts his new position with three years’ experience on the Medford School Board.

“He comes to us with far greater experience than any new candidate we’ve ever had,” said Craig Prewitt, chair of the Phoenix-Talent School Board.

Campbell resigned from his seat on the Medford School Board in July 2018, after he and his family moved into a new house that unintentionally placed them in the Phoenix-Talent School District. Since then, he’s attended some board meetings, he said, and was eager to get involved in public education again somehow.

Though he doesn’t see himself straying from his career in business to a new one in public education, Campbell said that he’s grown up surrounded by educators and feels a recurring call to serve.

“Ultimately it’s about kids, and ensuring every kid has a fair chance and a great education,” he said. “I think people who care about what happens in their community and have any inclination to serve, should.”

When Shana Vos resigned from the seat Feb. 6, Prewitt said that it would be a plus to appoint someone with prior board experience, as the district has both its bond implementation and new funding from the Student Success Act to handle.

“(Campbell is) very interested in raising graduation rates, closing the achievement gap, working on our new and improved facilities in such a way that we can best integrate them into the best learning environment for kids,” Prewitt said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

Michael Campbell