This school board election comes at a time that is fraught for both students and teachers in Corvallis – and of the four at-large seats on the ballot this year, only Position 2 is contested. Facing off for the slot are Chris Hawkins and Steven Castellano, and whoever prevails, they will be a brand new officeholder, as incumbent Tina Baker is not seeking reelection. 

Castellano states, “Oregon schools rank 48th in the nation and Corvallis schools should lead the way in improving that number.” He contends schools need more funding and that teacher salaries should be increased.  

Hawkins says, that if elected, she will prioritize, “All students, including those with unique physical, emotional and social needs.”  She also believes the district should expand its vocational programs. 

CitySpeak Town Hall Slated for Monday, April 17 

Starting at 6:00 p.m., this forum is a chance for you to ask the two candidates questions, and drill down into the specifics of what they plan to do if elected. Of course, you’re also welcome to just listen in for the conversation. As always, generous time is allotted for questions from the public. 

This forum will be moderated by former City Club vice-president Helen Higgins, who in years past served on the school board, and is currently the executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis. 

How to Access CitySpeak Forums 

The town hall will be live on The Advocate’s website or Facebook page, and other social media. If you can’t make the live event, the video will be available on The Advocate’s website and social media pages. 

How to Get a Question Submitted 

Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum. You can email, message us on social media, or just post your question on one of the social media posts of the event.  

CitySpeak forums are free to the public, and are co-presented by City Club of Corvallis and The Corvallis Advocate. Sponsors include Peak Sports and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op. 

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