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Multnomah Education Service District At-large Position 2

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 )Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for 1 year. Employees of the district are not eligible. ORS 334.090(5) and (6)Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74]In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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  • Leo Morley
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    Helen Ying
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Biographical Information

The District provides a wide range of important services to school districts and students. Describe one or two functions of the Education Service District that offer you an opportunity to address challenges faced by students because of the pandemic.

Voters are often less familiar with the functions of the Education Service Districts than they are with their local school districts. What specifically motivated you to serve on the ESD Board?

Outline your plan to use District funding as efficiently as possible to provide necessary services to as many students as possible.

El Distrito proporciona una amplia gama de importantes servicios a los distritos escolares y al estudiantado. Describa una o dos funciones del Distrito de Servicios Educativos con las que usted pueda atender los desafíos que enfrenta el sector estudiantil debido a la pandemia.

La población votante suele no estar tan enterada de las funciones de los Distritos de Servicios Educativos como de sus distritos escolares locales. ¿Qué le motivó específicamente para trabajar en la Junta de Servicios Educativos del Distrito?

Mencione un plan para usar el financiamiento de los Distritos de la manera más eficiente posible para proporcionar los servicios necesarios a la mayor cantidad posible de estudiantes.

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Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://www.helenformesd.com
Town Where You Live Portland, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons I was a public school educator for more than three decades, spanning roles from math teacher, counselor, vice principal, to hearings officer. I understand firsthand what our students need to succeed. I’ve served nearly four years on the MESD board and during that time we have diversified our curriculum, added and adhered to performance metrics, and successfully maintained critical programming throughout the COVID 19-pandemic.
County Multnomah
Term 2021-2025
The students served at MESD have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We serve medically fragile kids in hospital settings, incarcerated youth, and kids whose behavioral needs make distance learning hard. MESD educators delivered school supplies and materials, including computers, to students’ homes regularly so they could continue distance learning. School staff did home visits, and limited in-person classes were held outdoors so students could still have some consistency in their lives. I’m also pleased that we turned Fiesta Diciembre, a favorite annual event for families in our Migrant Ed program, into a mobile outdoor event, providing masks and food to migrant families who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID.

MESD helped coordinate PPE deliveries for all component districts and was integral in coordinating vaccine rollout for all the educators in the region so students could get back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible.

My entire career has been about empowering students and my community. I worked in public schools in Multnomah and Clackamas counties for more than 30 years, first as a math teacher, then as a counselor, then as a vice-principal, and eventually as a hearings officer. Through all of those positions I interacted with students who were falling through the cracks and I was able to understand the vital role that the Multnomah Education Service District plays in the lives of kids who are often disadvantaged.

I immigrated to the Pacific Northwest from Hong Kong when I was 11 years old. And while I was able to get a great public education here, I can understand how difficult it can be to feel comfortable in a learning environment for students who feel different or excluded. I want every student to have access to equitable opportunities, which is why I choose to bring my skills, life experience, and love for my community and for students to MESD.

I am proud that during my time at MESD, I’ve helped implement new success metrics. Taxpayers deserve to know that programs are hitting targets, and students and their families are better served when we are constantly striving to improve.

Program report cards are now in place for every school and program in the ESD. These are matched with surveys of partners that serve students, such as hospitals and long-term care/treatment programs and juvenile justice facilities, to provide a comprehensive picture of performance.

Staff evaluation has been improved and is now paired with supervisor surveys. This process allows personalized feedback to each supervisor to improve their performance. The new superintendent evaluation tool also ensures effective leadership.

Each of these assessments leads to an alignment that is critical for adhering to best practices and helps the board streamline improvement system-wide.
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