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Springfield Board of Education

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Springfield Public Schools is led by a five-member elected school board. The Superintendent helps facilitate the work of the Board and is responsible to the Board for providing leadership to the District and carrying out Board directives.

Members of the Springfield Board of Education are elected to four-year overlapping terms, with elections held every two years. At the end of a four-year term, members may run for re-election to successive terms. Voting takes place at general elections, and terms begin the first Monday in July thereafter. If a vacancy occurs in the middle of a term, the School Board names an appointee to serve until the next district election.

The Board of Directors generally meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Regular business meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday and work sessions are generally held at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Board Room of the Springfield Public Schools Administration Building, 640 A Street, Springfield, OR 97477.

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Our Board Members

Position 1

Ken Kohl

Ken Kohl
Term Expires: 06/30/2027

Ken was elected to the Board in 2023. Together with his wife Polly, he has lived in the Springfield School District since 1995. They raised three wonderful children that attended Springfield schools for all 12 years. Ken graduated from Oregon State University and recently retired after 32 years as a practicing engineer. He worked in both the private and public sectors, the last 18 years working for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He served on the District's Budget Committee from 2006 to 2023 and has also served on the Sites and Facilities Committee, Bond Oversight Committee, and Parent TAG Committee. As a lifelong Oregonian and the child of two public school educators, Ken is committed to ensuring that all children in our community have access to the education and support that will set them up for success in life.​

Position 2

Emilio Hernandez

Emilio Hernandez, Ph.D.
Term Expires: 06/30/2025

Emilio was elected to the school board in May 2017. He has lived in Springfield for more than 45 years and is committed to helping all children gain a meaningful education and experience in our schools. Emilio has served on the district's Budget Committee and the Bond Oversight Committee and also served nine years on the state Board of Education. A former migrant worker, he has been actively involved in both area and national Latino organizations and is passionate about issues affecting families in poverty. With a Ph.D. in higher education, he is currently employed working directly with at-risk youth through Direction Service, a Springfield agency that provides support for disabled children.

Position 3

Jonathan Light

Jonathan Light
Term Expires: 06/30/2025

A product of Springfield schools and graduate of Thurston High School, Jonathan has long been an advocate for excellence and accountability in public education. After high school Jonathan attended Lane Community College and then went on to earn a Bachelors of Music Education (BME) from the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of New Hampshire. Jonathan spent 15 years as a family business owner before returning to education as a K-12 music teacher.  Jonathan and his wife Suzanne have two adult children, both graduates of Springfield High School. 

Position 4, Vice Chair

Nicole De Graff

Nicole De Graff
Term Expires: 06/30/2027

Nicole grew up in a small town in Lane County, and lived overseas for years before resettling back down in Oregon with her husband and three kids. She has previously worked  in the real estate industry. In addition, her experience also includes working in a teen pregnancy center and was a foster parent. Most recently she has worked in grassroots non-profits helping parents and teachers across the state to shape policy. Her passion is to advocate for kids and build trust in her community providing as much transparency and collaboration as possible. ​

Position 5, Chair

Kelly Mason

Kelly Mason
Term Expires: 06/30/2025

Kelly was elected to the school board in May of 2021. She was born and raised in Springfield and is a product of Springfield schools. She earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oregon and has dedicated much of her career to promoting access to education. Kelly is also the President of the Wildish Community Theater and enjoys promoting community development in downtown Springfield. She is passionate about the community she serves and wants to give back to ensure all students are heard, represented, and respected through a lens of equity and inclusion.

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Public Comment Information

The Board welcomes virtual and in-person public comments during its meetings. It has set aside 25 minutes for public comments. Up to eight people will be invited to speak for up to three minutes each.

Four spots are reserved for virtual comments. Four spots are reserved for in-person comments. Any virtual comment spots that are not filled will become available for in-person comments.


Commenting Guidelines

Groups with a common purpose are encouraged to designate a spokesperson. If a group spokesperson will cover your comments, please indicate so when your name is called.

The Board will not hear comments regarding any school personnel. Please refrain from using names and titles of school personnel. Any complaints regarding a particular employee must be processed through the procedure set forth in Board policy KL, which requires complaints be submitted in writing to the Superintendent. This procedure must be followed before there is any Board involvement with such issues. A compliment involving a staff member should be sent to the superintendent, who will then forward it to the employee, their supervisor and the Board.

Speakers are reminded that their public comments will be limited to three minutes.

Springfield School District 19 Policy & Board Operating Agreements

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Contact Information

Springfield Public Schools Board
640 A Street
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 726-3201

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