State Deputy Superintendent to visit E. Oregon during OEIB forum

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Oregon’s new Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Oregon Department of Education Rob Saxton will visit eastern Oregon Oct. 15, and will attend a public forum to update the community on the recent efforts of the Oregon Education Investment Board.

The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) will host a regional public forum with Saxton in the Hermiston High School Commons on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Dr. Mark Mulvihill, superintendent of the InterMountain Education Service District, serves on the OEIB and will also help Saxton facilitate the public forum, which is expected to be attended by several other OEIB members.

This is one of seven community forums at which stakeholders can provide input and feedback on education funding. The OEIB will present its vision for building a seamless P-20 education system, and an opportunity for all Oregonians to engage in the conversation and share their own expectations and priorities.

Saxton, who was appointed by Oregon’s new Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew, officially took office on Sept. 14 after Senate confirmation, but served as Acting Deputy Superintendent since late-July. He has already laid out an ambitious agenda that includes reorganizing the work of the Oregon Department of Education, helping to turn around low-achieving schools, closing the achievement gap, a newly designed state report card to measure school performance, and increased school funding to support redesign efforts.

Saxton will spend the afternoon of Oct. 15 meeting with local school superintendents and touring several schools in the area, including Pendleton High School to learn about the District’s involvement in the CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project, as well as McNary Heights Elementary in Umatilla to learn more about the after school program there.

The community forum at Hermiston High School will offer a family-friendly area for parents with children, as well as light snacks and refreshments. Anyone wishing to speak should sign in beginning at 5:30 p.m., and individuals will be heard on a first come basis. Each speaker will be given two minutes. Public comments may also be emailed to:

The 13-member OEIB last provided a public forum in Pendleton back in January, at which time more than 150 people from the region attended, the largest crowd of any of the OEIB’s six regional meetings at that time.

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