IMESD News/Press

IMESD designated as one of Oregon’s 2014 Top Workplaces

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The largest-ever survey of U.S. companies has identified the InterMountain Education Service District as one of the best places to work in Oregon. The Top Workplaces program, run by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, and sponsored in Oregon by The Oregonian newspaper, named IMESD one of the top 30 mid-sized workplaces in Oregon based on surveys completed by IMESD employees earlier this year. The Top Workplaces program asked IMESD to be a part of the program for 2014. This is the second year in a row IMESD has been named a Top Workplace in Oregon.

“I am very pleased our agency was recognized for this award for a second year in a row,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of the IMESD. “This is a true reflection of the people who work for IMESD. We are so fortunate to have the caliber of talent and commitment as we have here at the IMESD. This award is just a confirmation of what I already knew – that this truly is one of the best places to work in the state.”

IMESD was compared with other similar-sized organizations in Oregon, and met benchmarks established by comparison data from other educational entities from across the country. A total of 85 organizations in Oregon were ranked as top workplaces in either the small, mid or large size range.

Children’s Rodeo celebrates 30 years

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The InterMountain Education Service District’s Children’s Rodeo for children with special needs will celebrate its 30th anniversary during its Wednesday, Sept. 10, event at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Around 40 regional children will have the chance to be cowboys and cowgirls for the day at the event, just before the start of rodeo action at the Pendleton Round-Up. The Children’s Rodeo is sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up Association, Happy Canyon Association and the IMESD, and is an annual event the Wednesday of Round-Up week. Support this year also comes from Swire Coca-Cola and the generous tips from the 2013 Let’er Buck Room volunteers.

“We’re so fortunate to have had such great support from the Round-Up, Happy Canyon, IMESD and our community for 30 wonderful years,” said Children’s Rodeo Director Karen Parker, who’s helmed the event for the past 26 years. “This event is near and dear to my heart, and it’s been such an amazing opportunity to have seen it grow and thrive over the years.”

IMESD to offer free hearing screenings to students through November

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The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) will provide free hearing screenings to public elementary school students through November.

Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the IMESD’s Audiology Department for public school students in Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties, and is cooperatively sponsored by 17 local school districts. Students to be screened include nearly 6,300 kindergarten, first and third grade students, new students to a county, and parent/teacher/principal referrals of students in other grades. Children who fail the initial screening will be re-screened within a three-week period.

Screenings begin the first week of September and will continue through November.