Five candidates are vying for three seats on the Oregon School Board in the general election next month.
Incumbent Carol Ann Molnar, 70, is seeking a second term on the board. She was first elected in 2009. Molnar, a retired teacher, has lived in Oregon her entire life. She and her husband, Rob, have one son.
Molnar said she is seeking re-election because the board is at a crossroads in its presentation of education to the students in the district.
“Reconfiguration of grades 5-8 and curriculum mapping were huge changes for everyone involved in the educational process,” she said. “Having been a part of these structural changes during my first term, I would like to continue to serve the district as we go through the process of further refining these programs.”
Incumbent Michael Csehi, who was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill the vacant seat of board president Richard Gabel, who resigned, is also seeking a return to the board. Csehi, of Turnau Road, Curtice, is 62. He is director of technology at Kateri Catholic Academy. He and his wife, Betty, have two children.
He is running, he said, because his extensive experience in public education benefits the district.
“I have worked in public education, Oregon city schools, for 36 years. This experience has provided me with the ability to work with all parties involved in the educational field. Teachers, support staff, administrators, community members, business leaders and most of all the students of Oregon city schools want and deserve the level headed and honest leadership qualities that I possess to lead our district,” said Csehi. “These entities and the school board members, working together as a team, will resolve problems and provide a sound vision for the wise use of public funds and continued educational growth and excellence for Oregon city schools.”
The seat of incumbent Dianna Gadus is also up for grabs after she decided not to run for re-election.
Newcomers vying for the three seats are Heather Miller, of Spring Forest Drive, James R. Stewart, of S. Wynn Road, and William Carstensen, of Elliston Trowbridge Road, Martin Ohio.
Carstensen, 61, is a self-employed farmer and attorney who has lived in Oregon for 59 years.
Miller, 42, a homemaker, has four children with her husband, Rob, to whom she has been married for 21 years.
“I have four kids in three different Oregon City schools in our district,” said Miller. “I have no agenda. I am living life with kids going through reconfiguration of our district and experiencing change with teachers, parents, and children in our community. I see positive changes taking place and I want to be a part of that. I want to connect with out community and push for higher standards.”
Stewart, 63, is a semi-retired independent contractor/consultant and former teacher. He and his wife, Judy, have two children. Stewart has lived in Oregon for 51 years.
Stewart said he is running because the district is at a crossroad.
“Like other districts, we are having financial problems because of cuts in state school funding and having to implement unfunded mandates. We must improve our recent district Report Card. To compound these problems, our district has received more than its share of negative publicity in the past few years. I would like to use my 37 years of experience in the field of education and attack these problem areas and be a part of the solution,” he said.