SOESD / Administration & Business / Administration
The administration is responsible by policy, and direction of the Southern Oregon ESD Board of Directors to administer the total operation of the ESD. Administration provides leadership for education programs, fiscal services and all other functions of the district. The administration office formulates district goals, policies, plans, and programs and prepares and presents facts and explanations necessary to assist the Board in its duty of directing the district.
Administration is involved with the internal operation of the agency including personnel management, teacher licensure, budgeting, and facilities management. When requested, the superintendentís office provides information and assistance to component districts on matters of school law, personnel, school finance, and collective bargaining.
Home-schooling is an exemption to the compulsory school attendance law and as required in ORS 339.095, parents must notify the ESD of their intent to home-school their children. The Southern Oregon ESD superintendentís office provides information to parents and school districts regarding home-schooling laws and regulations and registers home-school students.
The Southern Oregon ESD superintendent facilitates monthly meetings with superintendents of component school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties and with representatives of higher education. The purposes of these meetings are to maintain open communication among public education agencies and to discuss pertinent issues and/or topics relative to education.
The Southern Oregon Education Service District is a service district to the 13 school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. Using the process outlined below, the SOESD works cooperatively with its component districts to furnish resolution services that provide equitable educational opportunities for students in the three-county region:
- ESD administrative staff and component district superintendents review current resolution services in order to plan for the next year.
- The SOESD superintendent recommends to the Board a funding level for each resolution program based on: anticipated revenue, projected costs of services and operations, and the status of pending legislation, rule, or procedure that may impact funding sources for ESD programs and services.
- Component school district superintendents recommend proposed resolution services to the Southern Oregon ESD Board of Directors.
- If authorized by the SOESD Board, the proposed resolutions are referred, by ballot, to the 13 component district boards of education.
- The local boards then consider the resolutions and return their ballots to the ESD on or before March 1.
- In order for the ESD to provide a resolution service, that service must receive a favorable vote from two-thirds of the component districts and those districts must have in attendance a minimum of fifty percent of the students in the three-county region.
For 2015-2016 resolution services are Technology and Media, School Improvement, and Special Education Services.