I've known Wayne Clift, our current vice-chair, for over 15 years now, first as a colleague at Intel, then on the school board. He has been a soft-spoken but consistent voice for common sense and careful consideration of all viewpoints, and deserves re-election. His patience and excellent skills at listening and mediation have led to endorsements from members of both the liberal and conservative wings of the board. However, if you look at the contested votes the board has had over the past two years on various issues, you will find that Wayne and I are almost always on the same page.
Bart Rask is a newcomer with a truly impressive resume. His successful orthopedic practice and background including a Harvard fellowship would alone put him among the leaders of our community. But on top of that he has served on the state level board of athletic trainers, appointed and reappointed by two previous governors. Aside from his exceptional personal qualifications, his experience dealing with government regulations and tightening insurance budgets, while running his medical practice, are excellent preparation to manage the Hillsboro schools in these challenging times. I believe he is by far the most deserving candidate for our open seat.
Christian Honl is an Intel manager with a strong track record overseeing large teams during periods of financial stress. Christian has the insight to know what needs to be done, the vision to develop realistic goals, and the work ethic to make good and necessary changes happen without backing down under pressure. This is the kind of experience we need more of on the school board, and is a key reason why we should elect him to replace our current chair.
As a parting note, I want to remind you that all the candidates and members of the board are generous, dedicated people who truly care about Hillsboro's kids. But where your choice of members becomes critical is in the cases where there are disagreements, and conflicting visions of how to run our district. So please do not vote based on personal connections or friendship, but on who you really want making these hard choices. If you like the outlook on school issues that you have been reading in my blog, the candidates most likely to have similar views on many issues are the ones I recommend.
So please remember to turn in your ballot, and cast your votes for Wayne Clift, Bart Rask, and Christian Honl for the Hillsboro school board.