Charlie O’Neil

Official Voters Pamphlet Statement

I have lived nearly my entire life in Corbett, attending Corbett Schools as a multi-sport athlete and meeting my wife, Kathy. After graduating, I went into the Army. For the past 30 years I have worked for the Portland Fire Bureau, managed a small family business, and have been deeply involved in Corbett sports, volunteercoaching generations of students. Kathy and I grew a family of four children, all of whom attended Corbett schools. Now my grandchild attends Corbett.

I first served on the board in 1996. Corbett had issues with reputation, test scores and students leaving the district. I knew I wanted to help turn things around. I have worked since then with community members, board members, administration and staff as both a board and a non-board member helping Corbett achieve many successes for the school, which include:
• Corbett Middle School is the only school in Oregon ever to be on the national
“Schools to Watch” list
• Ranks #4 in the nation in the Washington Post
• Ranks #14 in the nation for Transformative High Schools
• The renovation and reuse of the old Springdale School as the CAPS program
• 100 percent participation in the SAT exam by our Junior class

As a long-time Corbett resident, I know the stories that the numbers cannot tell. I know that small schools do more for every student. I know from my board experience that I am a person who can make the tough calls. I know what it means to address real challenges.
I ask for your vote so that I may continue to work tirelessly to preserve Corbett as a great small school district for generations to come.


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