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The candidates

The following three candidates are running for Position 6 on the Medford School Board in the May 16 Special District Election. Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Election Day.

JIM HORNER

Age: 73

Residence: Jacksonville

Occupation: Retired vice president and general manager, Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies

Education: Stanford University, three degrees

Political experience: Medford School District Budget Committee, five years, one as chairman; Save Ruch School "APPLE" Committee

Top priorities if elected:

1) Support educational innovation (working smarter not harder) to improve the educational experience for our students, the professional environment for our teachers, and to help relieve the fiscal burden for our community.

2) Encourage individualized and localized educational curricula through the use of digital tools which allow each student to progress at their best rate. Also improve the professional environment for our teachers by providing support in equipment, assistance, localized responsibility and compensation.

KEVIN HUSTED

Age: 39

Residence: Medford

Occupation: Business owner

Education: Some college

Political experience: None

Top priorities if elected:

1) To get the district as a whole to start working together toward what should be a common goal: getting the best education possible for every student with the money we have. School Board, superintendent, administrators, teachers, staff, parents, kids, charter schools, they should all be working together to this end. We just need strong balanced leadership to lead the way.

2) Navigate upcoming changes. Changes such as increases in PERS, budget shortfalls, school choices, overcrowding, etc., are going to need someone who is willing to make the tough decisions to protect our children and to protect us as taxpayers. 

SALLY KILLEN

Age: 71

Residence: Medford

Occupation: Retired educator

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English

Political experience: Medford School District board, 2009-2015

Top priorities if elected:

1) That every child will read fluently by grade 3, or by four years in the district if part of the English Language Proficiency program, so the district graduation rate will steadily increase from the current 77 percent. There should be monitoring of post-graduation schooling and training.

2) I hope to participate in the decision about educational structuring of either K-5 and 6-8, or K-6 and 7-8. The decision will affect facilities, bond efforts and boundaries.