In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:
MESD Board Scholarship Announcement
The board will receive the $5,000 check from OSBA for these scholarships and the completion of the program at the January board meeting. Details about the scholarships, including directions for applying, are available on the board webpage. Interested parties may also contact Board Secretary Heather Severns at email@example.com
There is renewed vigor and life at MESD today - you can absolutely feel it. Much of this renewal is a reflection of the leadership of our new Superintendent Sam Breyer and his strong work in collaboration with the entire agency staff, board, component districts, students, families, and community partners. Nearly six months into his tenure, Superintendent Breyer has shown himself to be the right leader at the right time for MESD. Our board is very pleased and proud of Superintendent Breyer's performance to date, and of how the entire agency has responded to his leadership.
While we are confident the most troubled times for MESD are well behind us, we know there is so much important, hard work ahead. Our strategic planning process; our continued learning and work in equity, diversify, and inclusion; continually evolving our education services to meet the needs of tomorrow's students; and advocating for appropriate funding for the services and schools our students deserve. This is just some of the critical work ahead for MESD.
In an unpredictable and often scary world today, it is reassuring to be part of a regional agency that supports students most in need; that offers excellent education services critical to our community's success; and that does it with respect, commitment, and deep care. Our board is healthy, high functioning, and strong. Superintendent Breyer and the agency staff are on the right path. The next chapter at MESD is looking brighter than ever.
We hope the upcoming winter break will provide our staff, students, and partners with a well-deserved rest and wish you all a very happy new year.Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Chair
Statement from Superintendent Sam Breyer and Board Chair Stephen Beaudoin:
As Chief Operating Officer, Director of Technology Services, and Interim Superintendent Jim Rose provided calm and measured leadership during times of changing business models, advances in technology, and periods of key leadership transitions. As Interim Superintendent, Jim helped the agency strengthen relationships with local component districts and fostered positive relationships with employee associations and staff through his commitment to communication, transparency, and equity. Jim has been a tremendous contributor and leader to this organization and he will be missed. We wish him the very best of luck and greatest success in his next position with Sherwood School District.
Statement from Mr. Rose:
The Multnomah ESD is an incredible place. I have enjoyed working with and serving the dedicated staff who do so much for our students. I know how fortunate I am to work here, and so it is with excitement and a little sadness that I’m announcing that I am leaving MESD in January 2017 to start a new position as Chief Operations Officer with the Sherwood School District. Sherwood recently passed a $247 million bond and my new position will have a pivotal role in implementing the infrastructure that the bond funding supports. This opportunity will be life-changing for me and my family, allowing me to have more time with my kids who attend school in Sherwood.
For the next three weeks, I will be working closely with Superintendent Breyer to ensure a smooth transition. The administrators in the technology, facilities, and business services departments are respected professionals with expertise and experience and the agency is in very good hands with them and Superintendent Breyer. It’s been an incredible 10 years and I thank all of you for letting me be a part of it.
Ms. Otto brings over 18 years of teaching and administrative experience to the position including 8 years as a Principal and Assistant Principal in elementary, middle, and high schools. She served most recently as a Principal and Title III Director in the Gaston School District. Her experience includes K-12 ELL, Migrant Education, TAG, GED prep, credit for proficiency and alternative programs. Ms. Otto began her career in education as an ELL and English teacher and high school swim coach.
Originally from Texas, Ms. Otto moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1998 because she wanted to be closer to the mountains and the ocean. When not working, Christine and her husband, Jerry, enjoy spending their time hiking, running, biking, and exploring. Christine is also an admitted bibliophile and loves to sneak in literary pilgrimages wherever she travels.
Ms. Otto earned her Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in Secondary Education and Economics from the University of Arizona, her Master of Library and Information Sciences from Texas Woman’s University, and her Administrator’s certificate from Portland State University.
She began her position earlier this month.
Ms. Kulak brings over 29 years of nursing experience to the position, including four years as a MESD school nurse most recently at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Woodlawn School in Portland Public Schools district. Ms. Kulak began her work as a school nurse in 2005 and worked for the Forest Grove and Woodburn school districts. Prior to serving as a school nurse she worked for 18 years as a certified inpatient obstetrics nurse in Texas and Oregon. Ms. Kulak earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University.
The Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. For more information about the COE award, visit asbointl.org/COE.