New IMESD board members elected

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PENDLETON -- The new InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) Board of Directors was selected during the Nov. 2 General Election through a vote that spanned four counties (Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Baker). These seven board members will take the oath of office during the first IMESD Board meeting on Dec. 8.

Newly-elected IMESD Board members include: Kathy Neal (Zone 1 – representing the Morrow, Ione, Ukiah, Pilot Rock, and Umatilla school districts); Kelly Bissinger (Zone 2 – representing the Hermiston School District); Verneda Wagner (Zone 3 – representing the Helix, Milton-Freewater, Athena-Weston, Stanfield, and Echo school districts); Jack Matlock (Zone 4 – representing the Pendleton School District); Merle Comfort (Zone 5 – representing the La Grande, Imbler, Cove, and Elgin school districts); Dale Bingham (Zone 6 – representing the Baker, Pine Eagle, Burnt River, North Powder, and Union school districts); and Joe McElligott (Zone 7 – At-Large, representing Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Baker counties).

Board members will draw for 2- and 4-year terms at the December board meeting.

These board members will represent the IMESD, which is the result of a merger between the Umatilla-Morrow ESD and Union-Baker ESD. The IMESD will become official on May 31, 2011. The new IMESD board will meet monthly beginning in December (second Wednesday of each month) prior to the UMESD and UBESD board meetings to approve IMESD policies, hire staff, approve the 2011-2012 Local Service Plan and collective bargaining agreements, and develop a budget.