Earlier this month Oregon City School Board President Richard Gabel stepped down, citing health reasons. As a result, Board Vice President Diana Gadus became President. Now Gadus, and fellow board member Carol-Ann Molnar, are the target of a recall effort by Oregon residents.
Thirteen people volunteered to fill Gabel's seat. The board is responsible for appointing a replacement to serve for the remainder of Gabel's term, and must do so by July 7.
"I'm confident we'll come to a consensus. We have a good process in place and our board members are very open and aliment about what our community needs at this point in time, and what our school district needs," said Gadus.
Some say there has been some friction between Oregon School Board members in recent months, with several meetings devolving into arguments. Board member P.J. Kapfhammer says he supports the citizens' right to initiate a recall, but says he thinks the can work together to do what is best for students in the district.
"If you're not happy about what's going on, you definitely have a right to have people sign a petition, and if enough the process goes through and you can recall them," said board member P.J. Kapfhammer. "We're working really hard to do what's best for the kids, and we're putting the kids first, and when you do that it becomes real easy."
The recall petition drive will kick off Monday July 2 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Bayshore Supper Club, 5307 Bayshore Rd. in Oregon.
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