Photo: IMESD Main Office
Photo: Neil Early Learning Center Ribbon Cutting
Photo: 2017 Children's Rodeo
Photo: IMESD Inservice Mugs

Welcome to InterMountain ESD

Scaling New Heights of Excellence

The IMESD is committed to working with school districts to implement programs and services to make every student successful, provide high quality teaching and develop long-term economic vitality for rural communities in eastern Oregon. The IMESD has served the students of this region since 1863.

Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub Announces Available Grants

The Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub invites organizations to apply for grant funding. The Family Support Services, School Readiness and Healthy, Stable, and Attached Families grants focus on projects that serve at risk children age 0-6 and their families. Any agency or program that serves children ages 0-6 can apply for these grants. Priority will be given to those activities that serve or support more than one community. The grant deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017.

Children's Rodeo Celebrated 33 Years

The IMESD celebrated its 33rd Annual Children's Rodeo on September 14. To view photos of the event, please visit This year, 47 participants enjoyed events in the famous Pendleton Round-Up Arena. The rodeo provides children with special needs ages 5 through 10 years the opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls. This year, Karen Parker was recognized for her 30 years as Director of the Children's Rodeo. The IMESD would like to thank our sponsors: Pendleton Round-Up Association, Pendleton Rotary, Swire Coca-Cola, Pendleton Walmart and the Let 'er Buck Room.

RiverBend Fire Crew Battled Northwest Fires This Summer

A group of young people from the RiverBend Youth Correctional Facility in La Grande worked hard fighting the wildland fires in the Northwest this past summer.

The RiverBend Fire Crew was involved with five different fires, including the Hilgard Fire near La Grande. The crew worked with the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry using River Bend’s Type 3 Engine, Type 6 Engine and Hand Crew. According to Brett Dunten, RiverBend fire crew supervisor, there were eight to 15 firefighters on the fire at a time.