IMESD News/Press

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to ORS 294.426, that a meeting of the budget committee of the InterMountain Education Service District will be held on the 15th day of May, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving the budget message and budget document of the district for the fiscal year 2017-2018. The meeting will be held at the InterMountain Education Service District, 2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton, Oregon.

This is a public meeting where deliberations of the budget committee will take place and any person may appear and comment on proposed programs with the budget committee at that time.  A copy of the budget document will be available at 2001 SW Nye Ave., Pendleton, Oregon at the time of the meeting.

Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent & Budget Officer

Grant Continues Oral Health Efforts in Eastern Oregon

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The IMESD recently received a $70,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to continue to improve the oral health of children in eastern Oregon. The grant is for year two of four years' potential support to implement a comprehensive oral health program for low-income students in Union, Umatilla and Morrow Counties.

The program features an oral learning lab that is brought to school buildings by a team of trained volunteers to teach students about oral care, from proper brushing and flossing to the importance of mouth guards and nutrition. It is available for Pre-K through 12th graders. Every child who attends the learning lab receives fluoride varnish and sealants applied to their teeth, with parental permission. The IMESD partners with Advantage Dental to provide a hygienist who administers the treatments.

Students Learn about Technology at Expo

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On Thursday, March 9, more than 190 students, ages 8th through 12th grades, participated in the IMESD Student Technology Expo at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. The students were from 15 of the IMESD’s component school districts. The event was FREE.

After a group welcome, students attended six sessions throughout the day that could include 3D animation, 3D printing, taking apart and diagnosing computer component issues, website development, computer programming, app development and more. In addition, students participated in the Career Advisor session to learn about career paths and their educational requirements, plus met representatives from regional companies that have jobs in technology.

Employee Receives Statewide Award

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Lon Thornburg, Transition Network Facilitator at the InterMountain Education Service District, has been selected to receive the 2017 Innovative Agency Provider Award. Thornburg received the award at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in Portland on February 16, 2017. According to the award notification letter, Thornburg has been recognized for his “extraordinary contribution to vocational special needs education and outstanding professional support and for developing connections that create collaborative teamwork.”

Thornburg, who has worked for the IMESD for 12 years, helped create, develop and implement the Regional Job Club program, which connects special needs students ages 16 and over in rural schools with job opportunities. The current model is serving eight counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa.