IMESD News/Press

IMESD Provides Free Hearing Screenings to Students This Fall

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The IMESD will provide free hearing screenings to public elementary school students at area schools this fall.

Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the IMESD’s Audiology Department for public school students in Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties. The program is cooperatively sponsored by 18 regional school districts.

Back-to-School Dates for Regional Districts

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The IMESD welcomes students back to school during August! Click read more to view important dates for registration, open houses and the first day of school.

Substitute Orientations Scheduled, Substitute Teacher and Assistant Jobs Available

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The IMESD is currently looking for substitute teachers and classroom assistants to hire. According to Nichole Biechler, Human Resources Assistant at the IMESD, there is currently a shortage of substitute teachers in Oregon and across the nation.

The Oregon Teacher Practices and Standards Commission (TSPC) recently lifted some restrictions regarding substitutes to try to increase the number of substitutes available to school districts and ESDs.

“This move by TSPC shows that the lack of substitutes is definitely a state-wide concern, and we know districts in our region struggle to find enough subs on many days during the school year,” Biechler said.

Substitute teachers and classroom assistants are always needed, and the jobs can offer flexibility and competitive wages. For more information about becoming a substitute for the IMESD, please contact Nichole Biechler at 541-966-3224 or

The IMESD will be having annual trainings for its substitute teachers this month. The following dates/locations have been scheduled for orientation:

Wednesday, August 26    2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: InterMountain Education Service District Main Building (Juniper Room), 2001 SW Nye Ave, Pendleton, Oregon

Thursday, August 27    10:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Joseph Building (Conference Room-Upstairs), 1100 K Ave, La Grande, Oregon

Thursday, August 27    2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Punkin Center Building, 290 West Punkin Center Road, Hermiston, Oregon

Summer Instructional Trainings Offered in June and July

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The IMESD is offering its Summer Series of Instructional Trainings to educators each Tuesday from June 23 through July 21. On each Tuesday, two workshops will be offered, one in the morning (8:30 AM to 11:30 AM) and one in the afternoon (12:30 PM to 3:30 PM). The focus of the trainings is using technology tools to support curriculum and instruction. The trainings are conducted at the InterMountain Education Service District building at 2001 SW Nye Avenue in Pendleton.

Click here for detailed descriptions of each session.