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Multnomah Education Service District Pos. 1, Zone 5

Term: 4 yearsSalary: UnpaidThe primary purpose of the Multnomah Education Service District is to furnish services which support state and local efforts to provide an equitable and excellent education for each student, in collaboration with the entity providing education services.In fulfillment of this purpose, the Board of the Multnomah Education Service District will establish policy, employ staff and dedicate resources to achieve the following goals:1. To assist the education provider in fulfilling state and federal mandates requiring appropriate educational and related services for students with disabilities;2. To assist the education provider in fulfilling local, state or federal requirements and/or needs for alternatives to the regular school or special instruction for specified students;3. To assist the education provider in the development, improvement and/or support of their programs of instruction;4. To assist the education provider in meeting local and state requirements and/or needs for: a. Program assessment; b. Student academic, psychological and other assessment and identification; c. Student attendance; and d. Student mental and physical health.5. To assist the education provider in their efficient and effective operation;6. To assist the State Board of Education in providing state level services, to deliver essential support services to the component districts so that they meet state standards and comply with state laws and to respond to component district needs;7. To assist in achieving inter-organizational cooperation and coordination of health care, social services, employment training with component districts and child and youth-serving organizations;8. To maintain a client-centered agency by using varied and flexible service deliveries and by giving component districts the opportunity to participate in decisions about what services will be offered;9. To operate MESD in a manner which is consistent with the public interest.
  • Abigail Howatt (N)

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    Susie Jones (N) Retired

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What MESD services are funding priorities as we move into a fiscal year with potentially significantly reduced resources?

A recent audit of MESD communications stated, “Many frontline employees expressed that they often do not receive the information they need, and when they ask questions or offer feedback on happenings in the agency, they experience retaliation.” What will you do to ensure respectful and effective communication between upper management and staff?

MESD has had extremely rapid turnover of upper management in the last few years. What can be done to ensure this is not repeated in the future?

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Qualifications: 30 years of teaching. 9 years with North Clackamas SD, 8 years with David Douglas SD, 12 years with Mt. Hood CC. Four years on MHCC Board of Education, two of those as Board Chair.
Try to keep as many programs as possible, even if at reduced funding levels. Once a program is eliminated, it is VERY difficult to bring it back.
Developing a culture of respect takes a strong level of commitment from leadership. Top level administrators and the governing board must agree that the outcomes of the organization will be strengthened when frontline employees are valued and given the opportunity to contribute. The best line of communication from frontline employees to "the top" might be through councils rather than through mid-level management/supervisors. There should be zero tolerance for dishonesty or retaliation.
Do we know why? Were there exit interviews? Is there a pattern? One of the primary responsibilities of the governing board is to hire the RIGHT CEO (Superintendent), and follow that with fair and respectful treatment of the CEO. All other factors are outside of the purview of the governing board. logo


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