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2015-2016 School Board of Directors

  Position Name & Contact Info Term Expires Bio

Tom Klipfel
Phone: 541-929-4035
Email: tom.klipfel@philomath.k12.or.us



June 2017



Vice Chair Don Cruise
Phone: 541-602-1345
Email: don.cruise@philomath.k12.or.us
June 2017
Don has served as a board member since July 2011.  He was a teacher in the district for 31 years, teaching 3rd and 4th grade students at Philomath Elementary School.  After retirement, he continued to be a substitute teacher for the district for 7 years before being elected to serve on the school board.  He has four children who have graduated from the district: Michael who is now a Physicians’ Assistant, Stephen who is a Project Manager in Washington County, Nicole who is an office manager at Palm Harbor, and Megan who is attending LBCC.  He is married to Sandy Cruise, who is also a retired Philomath District teacher and her daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of the district and is attending LBCC. Don states, “Education has and always will be my passion in life.  I firmly believe that it is the key to everyone’s future.  It is the most important ingredient to the quality of life for every community.  I am pleased and proud to serve our community as a school board member.”

Shelly (Morris) Brown
Phone: 541-929-7399



June 2019
I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in Philomath, OR.  Surrounded by this amazing city and community, I have built my life and raised my son to have great pride in Philomath as well.  My son is the shining star in my life: he gives me great joy and I am immeasurably proud of him.  I am looking forward to the challenges and joys in the year that lies before me.  I love my work at both the Corvallis Clinic and LBCC.  I am passionate about bone heath, fracture prevention, and osteoporosis prevention.  I love working out and staying heathy – it is both healthy and joyful for my soul.  Being outdoors is the best!  I have been working on my fishing skills and hope to have luck hunting in the fall.  My goal is to live my life in a positive, happy, and active way in order to be the best person I can be.
Jim Kildea Director Jim Kildea
Phone: 541-929-7430
Email: jim.kildea@philomath.k12.or.us

June 2017

Jim has served as a board member for the Philomath School District for the past 4 years and is currently the chair person. He and his wife Laura have lived within the Philomath School District for 17 years and they have 7 children who have attended or are attending school in this district. Jim is a Supply Chain Development Manager at Hewlett Packard.


Rick Wells
Phone: 541-929-4361
Email: rick.wells@philomath.k12.or.us


June 2019

I have lived in Benton County and this school district for over 20 years and I have been honored to serve on the Board since 2003.   I am a volunteer for the Hoskins-Kings Valley RFP, the Benton County Fair Auction Committee, Benton County 4H, and our community.

As a parent with four students who have graduated from the district and a stepson still in high school, I am dedicated to continue to work towards a professional and transparent environment that welcomes parents, staff, and community input in all the decisions that affect our district and our students.  I am prepared to continue to listen, research facts, and consider solutions  to maintain a Board that continues to value public education. I look forward to another term and encourage you to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas you have that will continue to improve the district. 


The Philomath School Board is responsible for providing a quality educational program for approximately 1,600 students in grades
K-12. Their main job is to set District Policy. Board members serve four-year terms on a volunteer basis. 


Board Meeting Schedule

School Board meetings are currently held the third Thursday of each month at the District Office Board Room, 1620 Applegate St, unless otherwise noted on the agenda. All meetings are open to the public except for executive sessions as authorized by law. Time is set aside at the business meeting for public comments. Meetings typically begin at 7:00 p.m. To place an item on the agenda, contact Janet Skaugset at the District Office 541-929-3169, at least two weeks prior to the meeting. 

Meeting Dates 2016-2017:

  • July 1 -     9:30 AM - Clemens Primary School Library
  • Aug 18 -  7:00 PM - Clemens Primary School Library
  • Sept 15 - 7:00 PM - Clemens Primary School Library
  • Oct 20 -   7:00 PM - Clemens Primary School Library
  • Nov 17 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St.
  • Dec 15 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • Jan 19 -   7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • Feb 16 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • Mar 16 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • Apr 20 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • May 18 - 7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St
  • Jun 15 -  7:00 PM - District Office Board Room at 1620 Applegate St