IMESD News/Press

Superintendent Attends Conference for Umatilla County

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IMESD Superintendent Dr. Mark Mulvihill recently attended the National Association of Counties (NACo) 82nd Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mulvihill represented Umatilla County and gave a presentation on collaborative efforts in the county, in which he highlighted a variety of partnerships, including early childhood education.

Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock said that Mulvihill took part of his vacation time to attend the conference and share about joint efforts between Umatilla County, the IMESD, GOBHI, local school districts and other partners. Murdock said, “While we have been involved with these joint projects under the umbrella of wrap-around and consider them somewhat routine, the people I work with at the national level were anxious to invite someone from our program because there are almost no examples of this type of cooperation anywhere else in the country -- actually, even within Oregon."

IMESD Starts New School Year with Annual In-Service

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More than 230 IMESD employees gathered on Wednesday morning, August 16, for the agency's annual In-Service. This year's event was held at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

The theme of the 2017 In-Service was Rising Higher. Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD Superintendent, said he believes the theme captures the agency’s commitment to expanding opportunities for its component school districts.

"The world of education is constantly changing -- there always seem to be challenges regarding budgets, staffing and changing political tides. IMESD employees seem to rise above these issues, always striving to do our best work for the region’s students. Our agency continues to climb steadily toward our goals through strategic planning, purposeful budgeting and vision from our Board of Directors. Our programs, services and initiatives continue to improve and succeed," Mulvihill said.

Board of Directors Appoints New Member

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photo: Ryan Neal

The IMESD appointed a new member to its Board of Directors in July 2017. Ryan Neal will fulfill the remainder of the board term of former member Kathy Neal. Kathy served on the board for 17 years and resigned in June.

Ryan will represent IMESD’s Zone 1, which consists of Morrow County, Ione, Ukiah, Pilot Rock and Umatilla school districts.

Board Chair Kelly Bissinger said the board is excited about working with Neal. “Ryan’s conversations with us during the selection process revealed his passion for education and a strong desire to serve the students within our region. We welcome his insight and business experience,” Bissinger said.  

Students Explore Technology at Summer Camp

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A group of eastern Oregon students is enjoying the STEP Technology Summer Camp this week at the IMESD Pendleton building. About 30 students and 7 student interns from schools across the region are participating in interactive sessions, attending field trips and learning what it's like to work in the technology field. Different sessions the students have attended included taking apart computers, Google Virtual Reality, CAD and 3D printing, Scratch programming, Sphero lab and more.

"These kids have learned all kinds of different things about technology this week," said Forrest George, an intern helping at camp. George, a junior at Union High School, said camp is a great time to make new friends and explore different areas in the tech field.