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Our Goal is to be

Steve Boyarsky, Superintendent
Steve Boyarsky, Superintendent
In the context of a tight state budget, Oregon Education Service Districts have been under the microscope. A couple legislators have questioned our collective and individual worth. As a new superintendent I have had to step back and think deeply about what "value added" an ESD provides students and schools. I have identified six primary areas: • Regional Perspective • Cost Efficiencies • Customized Capacity for Schools • Specialized Staffing • Communication and Coordination • Development and Implementation Regional Perspective Education Service Districts have regional responsibilities as part of our job descriptions. School districts, by design, are focused on serving their own schools. Although districts cooperate with one another, their primary responsibility is to their own schools and students. ESDs are required to consider the concerns of all districts in their region irrespective of size or proximity. ESDs are ideally situated to be instrumental in regional partnerships. SOESD has partnered with dozens of organizations, such as Southern Oregon University, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Homebuilders Association, Southern Oregon Public Television, Siskiyou Field Institute, and ScienceWorks, to secure grants, in developing dual credit classes, in sponsoring academic competitions, in professional development, and in conducting field trips. Cost Efficiencies One of the goals of ESDs is to add to regional efficiencies. By regionalizing: special education staff, professional development, media library service, and technology infrastructure, ESDs can provide these services to districts at much less expense than if each district had to pay for these services individually. Our educational media library is but one example: SOESD can provide more variety of videos than an individual district could furnish its teachers. Our electronic repair department employs technicians who repair computers, design electrical systems, and install surveillance systems much less expensively than each district could purchase the work commercially. It is important to remember that over 100 percent of the money SOESD receives from local property taxes and state sources, is returned to our schools as services. Customized Capacity for Schools SOESD can assist districts with specialized services. It would be difficult for each district in our region to provide expertise on computer security, but a regional expert can train district staff to keep computer systems free of viruses and hackers. Educators trained to work with deaf and hard of hearing students can assist teachers and students in mainstreamed classes. ESDs can utilize experts from one district to provide training for writing or math problem solving to increase expertise in every district. Specialized Staffing Hiring specialists, such as autism consultants, speech therapists, and teachers of the deaf and blind, makes sense regionally. If districts had to hire these scarce specialists in an on-again off-again pattern, based on the yearly variation of student populations, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for Oregon to serve low incidence student populations. SOESD hires regionally and is able to relocate trained specialists between districts to serve students. Communication and Coordination Southern Oregon ESD provides a communication link between statewide agencies, such as the Oregon Department of Education, and schools in our region. Several ESDs serve as technology technical hubs for Internet bandwidth and connections. SOESD has been a state leader in videoconferencing for meetings, professional development, and classes. Many job-alike groups such as Superintendent's Association, Curriculum Council, Special Ed Directors, Math Cadre, and Business Managers meet monthly to share information, discuss issues, and coordinate regional activities. Increasingly, the Oregon Department of Education relies on ESDs to provide technical assistance in implementing new state requirements. Development and Implementation A logical role for ESDs is as implementer of new programs and projects. Southern Oregon Online School (SOOS) was a joint project with SOESD and local districts, which began with on-line classes in our region and has grown into a statewide provider. SOESD worked with districts to develop programs for English Language Learners. We train other the staff of other districts, as their ELL needs increased. SOESD has been very successful in receiving federal, state, and local grants. This past year we have received over $3,000,000 in grants, which translate into teacher training, student programs, and innovative projects for educators throughout our region. We want to continue to be at the cutting edge of projects that benefit schools and students in Southern Oregon. ESDs are part of a statewide system of education that can assure access and opportunity for all students irrespective of disabilities or the size or location of their districts. Southern Oregon ESD’s goal is to provide "value added" for districts and students in Southern Oregon.


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