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Medford School District recall, Oregon (2014)

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An effort to recall four members from their positions on the Medford School Board in Medford, Oregon was initiated on February 10, 2014. The effort did not reach the ballot as recall organizers did not gather sufficient petitions against Sally Killen, Jeff Thomas, Marlene Yesquen and Kim Wallan.[1][2]

Recall supporter arguments

Local resident Curtis Blake Weller initiated the recall effort against four members of the Medford School Board. His initial paperwork listed the following reasons for a recall election:[1]

  • Failure to comply with board mission statement and goals.
  • Failure to honor legal agreements.
  • Conducting executive sessions closed to the public.
  • Imposing a contract without ratification by teachers.
  • Providing misleading statements about contract negotiations.

District teachers began a strike on February 6, 2014 after failed negotiations with the school board over a new contract. The board remained in closed session into late February 2014 to deliberate over the contract situation. Both sides agreed to a new contract that ended the strike on February 21, 2014.[3] The Medford Education Association, which represents the teachers during negotiations, indicated no position on the recall petition.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in Oregon

Recall organizers submitted paperwork to initiate a recall election to the Jackson County Clerk on February 10, 2014. Organizers had to submit 4,521 signatures for each targeted board member within 90 days of the submission date. Weller noted in an interview with the Mail Tribune that he only gathered about 1,500 signatures for each member by the May 10, 2014 deadline.[1][2]

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