Ashland, Oregon (September 25th, 2023) – The Ashland branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jackson County Library Services are hosting a free public discussion around “The Future of Ashland’s Schools” on October 3rd from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard. The speakers will include director of the Ashland School Board, Eva Skuratowicz, as well as Ashland School District Assistant Superintendent, Erika Bare. They will discuss how the district is planning a future with fewer students in attendance. 

Dr. Eva Skuratowicz has served on the Ashland School Board since 2009. Skuratowicz has a doctorate in sociology and is the director of the Southern Oregon University Research Center. She leads multi-disciplinary teams of SOU faculty in conducting applied research for regional and state non-profit and government organizations.

Erika Bare has been a proud educator for over 20 years. After earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon, she was a special education teacher at the middle school level. Bare earned her administrative credential in 2012 at Southern Oregon University and transitioned to administrative roles at Ashland High School, first as Assistant Principal and then as Principal. As Assistant Superintendent, she oversees special education, counseling and behavioral health, social-emotional learning, and elementary programs.

The monthly “Big Ideas” discussion series features prominent local experts speaking on relevant and timely issues affecting our community. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Ashland Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996.