Bordeaux challenges incumbent Roberts in Mac School District
Ballots should start arriving in the mail Saturday. Voters will have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, to return them to the Yamhill County Clerk’s office.
Board members elected in May will take office July 1, the first day of the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Roberts, a Linfield grad who returned to McMinnville to establish his dental practice, was first elected to the board in 2007.
“I have four children, all grown, who went through the McMinnville School District,” he said. “It prepared them well for life. Now I have grandchildren in the school district, and I want them to have the same experience their parents had.”
Roberts said he doesn’t think he deserves special recognition, but he’s proud of the accomplishments the board has made in recent years.
He credited the board with “keeping the vast majority of the programs intact,” a challenge “in light of the budgetary issues that we’ve been facing.” He said, “As a board, I think we have been very good stewards.”
He noted McMinnville has become recognized as a model school district, to which other districts look for inspiration.
Nonetheless, he said, some painful decisions have been necessary. Staff cuts have been made, leading to larger class sizes.
Roberts believes his contacts in the community, many of them made though his long-time dental practice, are an asset.
“I think it gives me a feeling for the pulse of the community,” he said, because it gives him an opportunity to talk with people from all over the community about their different perspectives. “I can bring that kind of stuff to meetings.”
In addition, he said, “I think that what I bring to the table is the business experience, from running a dental practice, I understand how taxation works, and its impact on small businesses, yet I understand the need for revenue.”
In the end, he said, “My approach has been that I am willing to serve. Is this a big feather in my cap? Not particularly. Do I need it? No. But I am willing to serve, and bring a perspective to the board that I think is good.”
Bordeaux retired from teaching middle school math in McMinnville for many years. He continues to substitute.
He holds a master’s degree in education from California State University at Long Beach.
In his voters’ pamphlet statement, he touts his experience as an educator. The current Mac board is has no one with a background in education, he said, so he would “add an important and essential ingredient to the board’s goals, deliberation and future mission.”
Bordeaux said he wants to “represent the community’s interest in our educational process.” As a board member, he said, he would hold both students and school leaders to high standards and challenge teachers to excel and innovate.
Bordeaux ran for the Yamhill County treasurer’s position last fall, but was not elected.