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  • 2021 School board election results

    Results have been tabulated for the May 18, 2021 special election for five Phoenix-Talent School Board positions.

    Rebecca Weathers and Polly Fowler-Farrimond are welcomed as the two newest members of the board.

    Three school board members were re-elected. Congratulations to Michael Campbell, Sara Crawford, and Nancy McKinnis on their re-elections to a new term. 


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  • School boards elect OSBA Board for 2021

    Three contested races will bring new faces to the OSBA Board of Directors in 2021 as it wrestles with the ongoing pandemic and a full legislative session.

    The OSBA elections wrapped up Friday, Dec. 18. School boards chose 10 members to sit on the OSBA Board. The board offers guidance for the association as it advocates for stable and adequate funding and provides local boards with support and development.

    Dawn Watson of Phoenix-Talent won the race for the Southern Region (position 5), Jesse Lippold of Salem-Keizer won the Marion Region (position 11), and Katrina Doughty of the Multnomah Education Service District will hold the Multnomah Region (position 17).

     Congratulations to our School Board Chairperson, Dawn Watson, for being elected as the Southern region representative to the OSBA Board for 2021.

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    Meet Board member, Polly Farrimond elected May, 2021



    Polly Farrimond



    Polly Fowler-Farrimond was elected to the Phoenix-Talent School Board in May 2021.


    Polly graduated from Phoenix-Talent Schools in 1982. Her two daughters are also Phoenix Pirate graduates in 2014 and 2020. Polly graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in Education and Business.


    She is committed to working to keep students and families in our district. Living in the valley her entire life and going through the tragedies our community has been faced with in the past year has strengthened her resolve to give back as a member of the school board.  


    Polly currently works for the Oregon Employment Department as a Workforce Analyst/Economist. 


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  • Meet Board member Rebecca Weathers, elected May, 2021


    Rebecca Weathers, Phoenix-Talent School Board

    Rebecca Weathers was elected to the Phoenix-Talent School Board in May 2021.

    Rebecca attended Phoenix-Talent Schools, playing trombone and clarinet in the Talent Middle School band, and also cheerleading her freshman through junior year at Phoenix High School.

    Her three girls are also PTS students: her eldest is an Armadillo Technical Institute graduate, and her two youngest are Talent Elementary School Mustangs.

    Rebecca has always enjoyed being a parent involved in student activities, from tree plantings to chaperoning field trips. After the 2020 Almeda Fire, she saw firsthand how critical the PTS staff is in our community. Hoping to provide extra support for students in the district, she decided to run for the school board.

    Rebecca is the manager at Sweet Beet Station in Talent, and is an experienced hospitality professional.

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  • Meet Board member Nancy McKinnis appointed in September, 2020


    Nancy McKinnis

    We are delighted to welcome our newest member to our Board. Nancy McKinnis was recently selected to fill a vacancy at our September 3, 2020 meeting.

    Nancy was born in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of nine. Nancy has lived in Southern Oregon ever since and she attended Talent Middle School during her sixth grade school year. Throughout her professional career, most of the work she has done has been around community engagement and empowerment.

    Nancy currently works for Jackson Care Connect. Mrs. McKinnis has always had a passion to work in health care and her strength is to educate and advocate. One of her priority areas with Jackson Care Connect has been a partnership between schools and healthcare.

    Nancy believes in strengthening families with dignity, compassion, and empowerment. Nancy has personally seen how community support and connections are so vital to success. Nancy feels she brings a willingness to authentically connect with people to the school District and the community.


    Meet Board member Michael Campbell appointed in March, 2020

    Michael Campbell

    Michael Campbell was appointed to the board on March 5, 2020. Michael has previous board experience with a neighboring district and he comes from a family of educators. Michael says that he is proud to live in this District and he is grateful and proud to see all that has been accomplished. Michael joins us with enthusiasm and support and we are delighted to welcome him to our Board of Directors.


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Board Guiding Principles


    • The Board is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive school environment in which all of our students, families, and staff members feel valued, respected, and welcomed.


    • The Board condemns all acts of discrimination towards individuals or groups, and in turn will celebrate diversity by fostering an environment that treats all people with dignity and respect while supporting efforts that sustain equity within the field of education. We are committed to including diverse people, ideas, cultures and traditions in all areas of our work.


    • The Board shall make decisions based on factors that assure the best possible learning environment for all students with emphasis on minimum class sizes, varied curriculum and student achievement for all.


    • The Board shall encourage and support the Superintendent and Staff in continuing the efficient operation of the school district and strive, individually and collectively, to recognize the outstanding efforts and growth of all staff on a regular basis.


    • The Board shall make balanced decisions and policies mindful of the best interest of all members of the school district including the students, parents/guardians, educators and the citizens of the community.


    • The Board shall evaluate, periodically, all programs and attempt to continue, modify or restore as many disciplines as practical to provide a broad-based education for all students.


    • The Board shall increase and monitor educational opportunities for student success through appropriate curriculum with classroom flexibility on an individual basis, when warranted and resources are available.


    • The Board shall be knowledgeable about District activities and functions and shall encourage and support students, staff and community by attending and participating in District activities and functions when and as often as possible.


    • The Board shall encourage appropriate communication pathways with students, parents/guardians, community members, and District staff, while maintaining the highest code of ethics and professional behavior.


    • The Board shall encourage the conservative use of all resources, both natural and man-made. Strategic decisions should be made with consideration for longevity, fiscal responsibility, and sustainability.


    • The Board shall continue to affirm our commitment to the community using bond resources to build a premium education environment in our region.

These are the Members of the Budget Committee for 2021-2022

  • ****PUBLIC NOTICE****



    The Board of Directors of Phoenix-Talent Schools hereby announces one vacancy on the Budget Committee.  The position's term ends June 30, 2024 at which time the candidate can reapply for another three-year term.

    The Board will be accepting applications for appointment to fill the declared vacancy until filled. All applications must be submitted to Board Secretary, Denise Skinner at the District office. Applicants must reside within the Phoenix-Talent School District. Download an application Budget Committee Application. Further information may be obtained at the District administration office located at 401 W. Fourth Street, P. O. Box 698, Phoenix, OR 97535 or by calling the Board Secretary at (541) 535-1511. Applications can be emailed to:


                                     Submitted by:               Denise Skinner                    

                                                                Board/Executive Assistant




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Board Meeting Dates

Communicating with the Board

  • Do you have something to share

     with the school board?

    Here's the process:


    Citizen Comments – Due to the high number of COVID cases in our county, we will continue having the board meetings via Google Meet for those members of the public who wish to attend virtually. Due to time contraints during public comments on the agenda, we ask that those joining virtually, share their comments via email if you want to make sure the Board receives your comments. Please send them to Board Secretary, Denise Skinner at   All comments should be received no later than the day before the meeting by 5:00 p.m.

    For those joinging virtually who wish to have their comments heard during the specified time on the agenda, please use the raise hand feature in Google Meet and wait for the Board Chair to call your name. If there are multiple members of a group or organization attending, the board chair may ask that a representative speak on behalf of the group and limit time for public comment. During citizen comments, the board will listen but not respond to comments. When your name is called:

    •  Please be sure your video and microphone are turned on, announce your name, organization you represent (if any), city of residence and topic or agenda item number you wish to address.
    •  Keep your comments to no more than three minutes. There is a maximum of 30 minutes total alloted for citizen comments during each meeting.
    •  Avoid complaints or naming individual staff members or students when you speak. There is another procedure for this.
    •  If you've submitted written comments, please summarize instead of reading word for word.
    •  As a reminder, you may also email your comments to our Board secretary prior to the meeting by noon of the meeting date and your comment will be shared with the Board.

     If you have any questions about the process or speaking before the board, please call Denise Skinner, Board Secretary at 541-535-1511.


    Other ways you can communicate

    with the board

    Call the Board Secretary/Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at 541-535-1511. She will share your information with the board members or forward a message on your behalf.

    • Write to the board or a specific board member and address your correspondence to:      


                              Phoenix-Talent School District

                              Attn: School Board / or board member

                              P.O. Box 698

                              Phoenix, OR  97535


    You can also send your email to the board secretary at: and it will be forwarded to the board chair and/or members.


    Board Member Qualifications and Vacancy


    Please see Board Policy BBBA for qualifications and zoning maps to see if you reside in the proper zone of the board vacancy being advertised.