MEDFORD, Ore. — A group files to recall multiple Medford School Board members because of the lack of resolution in the teachers strike. A school board member says she’s had picketers outside her home this week.
Sally Killen was a teacher for 36 years in the Medford School District. She says she was a member of the union during that time, and now she’s on the school board…facing threats of recall. Despite that, she says her job description is more important to her now rather than friendships.
“A board member has to look at the bigger picture,” Killen says. “The board member has to look at not only teachers, but the classified, the confidential, the students, the parents, the community, the tax payers. The board has to have a long-term vision for the district.”
County documents show a group filed paperwork to move toward recalling four of the Medford School Board members. The group would have to collect more than 4,500 signatures to force the election recall.
The filings say Sally Killen, Jeff Thomas, Kim Wallan and Marlene Yesquen are, “Failing to comply with the board’s own mission and goals, conducting executive sessions rather than open public meetings, failing to honor legal agreements, imposing a contract without teachers’ ratification, making misleading statement regarding contract negotiations and ignoring public input.”