April 19, 2017

April MESD Board Meeting Highlights

Scholarship Winners
The Board kicked off its regular Board meeting Tuesday night by awarding two, $2500 scholarships, to students participating in our Migrant Education program and on their way to college.  Students Bibian and Juan are seniors in local high schools and have bright futures.  After completing high school, Bibian plans to attend PCC and then OHSU for nursing school, and Juan plans to attend PCC and pursue electrical engineering.  Congratulations to both students!

Board Candidate Reception
The MESD hosted a reception for prospective Board members Tuesday night.  The event was well attended by employees, current board members and prospective Board members.
Superintendent's Report
Superintendent Breyer reported that conversations with the Multnomah Education Service District Education Association (MESDEA) for the 2018-2010 collective bargaining agreement have begun and are going well.   

Strategic Planning
A draft mission, vision, values, goals and strategies will be presented to the Board in May.  The committee will meet for its fourth and final meeting on April 19th to review feedback from the 20 roadshows and webinar presented to the agency over the past four weeks.  The role out of the adopted mission, vision, values, goals and strategies will occur this fall. 

Board Business
Superintendent Evaluation 
The Board approved the Superintendent's evaluation and shared optimism about the future direction of the agency.

The Board approved Resolution 17-014 adopting Board policy JOC relating to Legal Names of Students and Resolution 17-015 adopting Board Policy IGDJ relating to Inter Scholastic Activities.  The Board also approved Resolution 17-016 amending Board Policy IJ relating to Guidance and Counseling Support. 

Finance Committee Report
Finance Committee reported that the process of adopting the agency's budget continues to move forward smoothly.  The Board members praised Business Services Director Doana Anderson for her collaboration with component district business managers to move the budget approval process smoothly.  Vice Chair Botkin thanked Director Anderson's for her careful stewardship during this difficult time for education funding. 

Multnomah ESD goes to Salem
Multnomah ESD is hosting a day at the capitol on April 26th.  Board member Mary Botkin shared the literature that has been created to inform legislators about MESD's programs, schools, and services.  Approximately forty students from Helensview School, the Creeks, Riverside High School, and the Alternative Pathways program will be traveling to Salem to meet with legislators. Senator Dembrow will be hosting students on the floor of the Senate for a five minute presentation during the opening session of the Senate on April 26th. 
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