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Oroville Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Ray Sehorn

Retired Educator
10,657 votes (42.21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that the Board makes decisions that focus on students to make sure they receive a high quality educational experience while attending OUHSD schools, and doing so in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • To ensure that administration hires high caliber teachers who will provide meaningful and sound classroom instruction and strive to meet the needs of every student.
  • Ensure that OUHSD provides the safest possible learning and work environments to all students and employees.



Profession:Retired teacher, site principal, district adminstrator.
Commissioner, Oroville City Park Commission — Appointed position (2013–current)
Teacher, Site Principal, District Administrator, Oroville City Elementary School Disitrict (1969–2000)
Member, State Theatre Advisory Committee — Appointed position (1983–1985)
Classroom Teacher, Wheatland Elementary School District (1968–1969)
Insurance Agent, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (1966–1968)
Classroom Teacher, Wheatland Elementary School District (1962–1966)


California State Universty, Chico Master of Arts (M.A,), Education Administration (1978)
Chicio State College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Physical Education (1962)

Community Activities

Public Address Announcer, Track & Field, Oroville Union High School District (1977–current)
Master of Ceremonies, Top Ten Scholastic Achievement Awards Event, Fellows Club of Oroville (2003–current)
Chairman, OUHSD Hall of Fame Committee (2010–current)
Member, Saint Thomas The Apostle Church (1979–current)
President, Fellows Club of Oroville (2014–2014)


Ray Sehorn came to Oroville in 1969 to teach 6th grade at Stanford Avenue School, and has made his home in Oroville since 1979. He received his BA and MA degrees from Chico State and retired in 2000 after a 36 year career in public education, 31 of those as a classroom teacher, site principal, and district administrator in the Oroville City Elementary School District (OCESD). One of his duties as Director of Special Projects at OCESD was serving as district liaison to local and county organizations that focused on youth. He was twice named Butte County School Administrator of the Year.

He has been active as a volunteer in the OUHSD since 1977 when he began doing public address announcing for LPHS and OHS track and field meets. After 40 years, he continues to volunteer at home meets. He also announced home football games for LPHS, OHS, and Butte College for over 20 years. He loves sports! Since 2009, he has been a member of the OUHSD Hall of Fame committee, serving as its chairman since 2010 and emcee for every dinner/induction event since 2009. He has also been involved in the Fellows Club Top Ten Scholastic Achievement Awards Night since 1999, serving as emcee since 2003.

Ray loves Oroville; served on the State Theatre Advisory Committee in the early 1980's and is currently a commissioner on the City of Oroville Park Commission. He is a member of the Butte County Historical Society, Saint Thomas Church, and a member and past president of the Fellows Club of Oroville. Over many years, he has served on numerous local and county committees dealing with K-12 students, the last being the Children's Health Alliance of Oroville.

He was inducted into both the Butte College Athletic and the Northern California Sports Association Halls of Fame for his volunteer service to athletics at Butte College and the Northern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation (NSCIF).

Ray has no ties to OUHSD other than his volunteer work there. He has no agenda other than that he wants what is best for every child in the Oroville area. His 47 year track record in Oroville is proof of his ongoing support and dedication to children of all ages.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Ray Sehorn:

The OUHSD has already taken the steps to fully implement the "Local Control and Accountability Plan and Annual Update." Meaningful engagements of parents, students, and all stakeholders, includng those representing subgroups, held three meetings during the spring of 2016. Stakeholders have included community members, teachers, parents, (including parents of students with disabilities and English Learners), students, classified staff, foster youth, support providers, the Board of trustees, and administration.

As an OUHSD trustee, I feel it is my responsibility to be available to stakeholders, answer their questions as best as I can, let them know that the OUHSD Plan is available to them, and tell them how the Plan may be accessed.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Since my junior year of high school, I have spent my entire life teaching, coaching, and working with children ages 5-18 in the communities of Willows, Wheatland, and Oroville. The Oroville community has been exceptionally good to me for many, many years and it is time for me to give back! 

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