The Sisters School Board consists of five members elected to serve overlapping four-year terms as non-salaried trustees of the School District. As elected officials, the Board is responsible for the scope, depth, and quality of education and its the official policy-making body of the school district.
In addition to establishing policies for the operation of the district, the Board defines the philosophy of the district, and in cooperation with the Superintendent, determines educational goals and standards, authorizes curriculum revision or development, approves employment and termination of personnel, approves the budget and sets the tax rate, approves property purchases, approves new building plans, and hears grievances of employees, students, and citizens.
The responsibilities of a School Board Director require the unselfish giving of time and service. There are an endless number of meetings and school functions to attend, unlimited amounts of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study, and a variety of difficult decisions to make.
Position #1, Chair
Term Expires: 06-30-2021
Jay has been an Oregonian for over 20 years and has called Sisters home for the last five. The strength of Sisters’ educators was the primary reason he and his wife, Vanessa, moved from Portland in 2012. Both Jay and Vanessa have deep commitments to public education, including two daughters who are enrolled in the schools.
Jay started his career as an Army officer, earning the Ranger tab and piloting Apache helicopters. He transitioned back to the civilian world via an MBA program at Harvard and has enjoyed a variety of general management positions at companies ranging from venture capital backed start-ups to fortune 500 companies. He runs a consulting business with local and global clients.
He has a simple approach to creating value: Collaboratively set the goals, align and enable the team, and drive accountability with transparent metrics. He attended the 2017 Oregon School Board Association’s "Summer Bootcamp" for new board members and is on the "steep part of the learning curve" in terms of how best to apply his experience in support of the district.
Position #3, Director
Term Expires: 06-30-2019
Jeff Smith served on the Sisters School Board for a dozen years from 1999-2011. He was appointed as an interim board member after a 3½ year hiatus and then elected for a 4-year term in May 2015.
Jeff retired as a university professor in 2004, after 30 years of teaching, primarily in the areas of governmental finance and public policy analysis. Jeff has been active in each of the schools in Sisters since moving to town in 1995.
He is committed to insuring that every graduate of our schools has the knowledge, skills, and values to be a great citizen.
In his spare time, Jeff serves on the Board of the Sisters Folk Festival, serves as the unpaid coach of the Middle School wrestling team, and hikes a section of the Pacific Crest Trail every summer.
Position #4, Vice-Chair
Term Expires: 06-30-2023
Don is a retired administrator and teacher with 34 years experience in public schools. He is now in his 9th year on the Sisters School Board. He has lived in the school district for 17 years, and has served on various committees during that time.
Don believes in collaboration with school district staff and community partners to provide the best possible education for all students.
Position #5, Director
Term Expires: 06-30-2021
Amanda Clark grew up near the Oregon Coast and attended Oregon State University. After receiving her B.A., she worked as an EMT in Lincoln County and volunteered with North Lincoln Fire and Rescue. She married and moved to Central Oregon in 2004 and worked for St. Charles Medical Center in Bend until the birth of her second child. She and her husband have lived in Sisters since 2012 and their two children attend SES.
Amanda was raised with a strong belief in the importance of public service and she embraces this opportunity to serve her community.