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La Grande/IMESD Board Member is 2019 Oregon School Board Member of the Year

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La Grande School District is pleased to announce that Merle Comfort, a member of both the La Grande School District and InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) school boards, has been named the 2019 Oregon School Board Member of the Year.

Comfort was recognized Saturday, November 16th at the Oregon School Boards Association’s (OSBA) 73rd Annual Convention in downtown Portland. OSBA launched the Oregon School Board Member of the Year (OSBA link) award in 2018 to recognize outstanding volunteers who make a difference in their communities.

“Here is a person who gives a huge amount of time and energy and is totally dedicated to the welfare of his district’s kids,” said OSBA Executive Director Jim Green.

Comfort has served La Grande schools from 1991 to 1999 and again from 2007 to the present. He has been on the IMESD board since the ESD was created in 2011.

“Merle epitomizes what a strong education leader is for rural Oregon,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD Superintendent.

Comfort started school board service before his only child, Denise Comfort, was born in 1994. Comfort planned to have children, and he wanted to make sure the schools were as good as they could be. Comfort’s daughter graduated from high school in 2013, but he has kept going. He said he stayed on to help the district pass its first bond in decades in 2014. Colleagues credit Comfort for his leadership during the bond process, and he called it one of his proudest accomplishments.

“Until it passed, you have hopes and dreams,” he said. “When it passes, you see some of those hopes and dreams come to fruition.”

Comfort said the Student Success Act, passed in 2019, offers a chance to reverse the effects of three decades of property tax cuts. The act will raise about $1 billion annually for schools through a new business tax.

Nominees for the statewide Board Member of the Year Award were considered for their advocacy efforts, leadership and support for student achievement. Comfort’s name will be placed on the OSBA website and engraved on a plaque in OSBA’s Salem office. He also will be able to register for OSBA events free for a year.

OSBA’s Green reminded school board members to keep an eye out for fellow members’ accomplishments and begin considering nominations when they open in January 2020.

OSBA is a non-profit member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. For more information, visit the OSBA website.

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Safety Concern Reminder From La Grande School District

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Dear Community Members and Families,

As a reminder; Last week on Friday, November 8 at  12:00 in the afternoon our district released an Safety concern announcement via Facebook and our website related to a safety concern at La Grande High School:

The event was focused on a concerning comment left on an electronic device; The message was investigated last week by our administration and law enforcement. With the support of law enforcement, we have found no evidence to determine the comment was credible at the present time.  As of today we still do not have any information to update. 

One of the paramount duties of our school district is student and staff safety.  We have increased law enforcement presence in our schools and will continue this for the foreseeable future. 

If you have first-hand information to share please contact Safe Oregon tip line at 844-472-3367 and local law enforcement may also be contacted if you have any information to share at (541) 963-1017.

We have also been reaching out to students and staff to remind them of the tip line as well as available resources in our schools. LGSD School Based Health Center staff, counselors, teachers, aids and administration are ready to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students.

La Grande School District

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Strategic Planning Initiative

Lightbulb clipartThis school year La Grande School District is engaged in launching a Strategic Planning Initiative to identify and meet our future district goals, and we invite you to participate and support this journey with us!

The Strategic Planning process will result in a new Vision, Mission and Beliefs statements, 3-5 strategic goals and performance indicators to monitor student success and goal attainment.  Overall the strategic plan will help guide us with financial investments; Decision making in the best interest of students and staff; Communication, and overall focus for our school district.

We invite you to support and give feedback with this important initiative through our online survey where we ask a set of 5 questions that will help us gather information, perspectives and insights from a variety of stakeholders in this community. Information that you share will be analyzed and used to help us establish values, beliefs, goals for our school district.

We hope you can encourage as many of our fellow school district parents, staff and community members  to complete this survey.  Please contact Gaye Young or George Mendoza at 541-663-3200 for more information.


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