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Notice of TSCC Budget Hearing for 6:00 on May 15, 2018 - 05/11/18

A public hearing will be held by the Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission on the budget approved by the budget committee for the Multnomah Education Service District, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The hearing will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 15th day of May, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the budget with interested persons. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, or viewed on the MESD website:

MESD Board Regular Session meeting 5/15 at 6:30 p.m. - 05/11/18

The Multnomah Education Service District Board of Directors will meet in Regular Session at 6:30 p.m. on May 15, 2018, in the Board Room at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220.  The Board will also meet in Executive Session at the conclusion of the Regular Session meeting under ORS 192.660(2)(d))-To conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations and ORS 192.660(2)(I) To review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing.

ODE awards $300k to East County Pathways to College Success Consortium to support a college-going culture for 10,000+ students (Gresham, Oregon) - 05/08/18

The East County Pathways to College Success Consortium received an award of $300,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to continue the Consortium's work to directly impact our public school youth and their families by utilizing existing collective impact efforts to create a college-going culture. The Consortium members include Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), Multnomah Education Service District (Multnomah ESD) and seven surrounding school districts; Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Parkrose, and Reynolds.

Consortium opportunities are aligned with the Workforce and Career & Technical Education (CTE) efforts, the regional East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP) STEM Hub, and AVID for Higher Education and include the following types of activities:

  • Increase accelerated credit opportunities by providing support for Sponsored Dual Credit;
  • Provide support to school districts to increase funding available for students participating in the Middle College program;
  • Increase college awareness to non-traditional and first-generation students and families to increase college-going culture;
  • Equip high school counselors with the knowledge and resources to better inform students on pathways into traditional and CTE post-secondary opportunities; and
  • Support students in transitional and bridge programming.

"We're very pleased that funding has been renewed to support a successful partnership with the ESD and surrounding school districts to support a college-going culture," said Jarrod Hogue MHCC's Executive Dean, Workforce, CTE & Partnerships. “As the lead consortium member, we look forward to planning and facilitating the school counselor professional learning communities (PLC), providing oversight of the dual credit opportunities and supporting the program activities and evaluation.”

Multnomah ESD Assistant Superintendent Sascha Perrins echoed Hogue's enthusiasm "it's really important to a college-going culture for students, families, and staff to have a supported connection with community colleges; MHCC provides this connection and is an exceptional partner for the east county region."  As part of the grant the Multnomah ESD will assist with the coordination and promotion of 6-12 grade participation in college-going culture and student success activities. 

Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence added “The Reynolds School District applauds this significant grant investment for equitable access to post-secondary opportunities for East County youth. This grant will sustain and grow the initial collaboration between high school and community college instructors to enable more students to gain more credits for rigorous coursework in relevant fields. I am grateful for the focus toward high skill, high wage pathways for many first-generation college-going students in the region.”

Partnering districts will also support participation in the program by scheduling dual credit classes; promoting and participating in the college-going culture activities; encouraging teachers and counselors to attend summer workshops, training, and PLC meetings; and supporting on-and-off MHCC campus outreach and education events.

Multnomah ESD Staff Named Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellows - 05/07/18

Multnomah County, Oregon – Scott Ryan, Student Services Coordinator at Multnomah Education Service District, Joseph O’Neil, Transition Specialist at Multnomah ESD, Tim Logan Agency Administrator at SoValTi, Anya Sekino, Juvenile Crime Prevention Manager at Oregon Youth Development Council, and Bobby Bridges, Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator at Oregon Youth Development Council have recently been selected as new members of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), Fellows Network based on the approval of their Capstone Project.

The Oregon Teams’ joint Capstone Project, titled Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE), is focused on The Intersectionality of Youth Crime Prevention, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities, LGBTQ+ Youth Well-being, and Special Education Projects. “We are pleased to see the two Capstone teams from Oregon join forces to implement the Affirmation Creates Equity (ACE) Project in Multnomah Education Service District. It has tremendous potential to improve educational re-entry for youth leaving juvenile detention centers, address racial and ethnic disparities, and provide critical support for LGBTQ+ youth and students with special education needs,” said Shay Bilchik, Director of CJJR.

 The CJJR, part of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile delinquency that promotes positive child and youth development while also holding youth accountable.  The Center works to focus the nation's juvenile justice and related systems of care on the key principles embodied in an evidence-based juvenile justice reform agenda and identify and highlight the research on policies and practices that work best to reduce delinquency and achieve better outcomes for children.


Select members of the MESD Team attended the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program in October 2017 and the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program in November 2017, and were admitted to the CJJR Fellows Network in April 2018.  

Scott Ryan began his career in education in 2006 after leaving his career as a development director in the international non-profit sector. He became involved in corrections education by teaching English Language Arts, ESOL, Social Sciences, American Sign Language, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Three Lakes High School, located within Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. In 2014, Scott became Principal at multiple Juvenile Detention Education Programs in Portland and rural Oregon, serving youth ages 11 to 21. Scott successfully leveraged grants through the Oregon Department of Education and Youth Development Council to improve educational outcomes in juvenile justice facilities, to support the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth, to address the needs of students with special education, and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. These grants use holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive model, providing wraparound service to youth. The goal is to reduce recidivism by identifying needs, removing barriers to school attendance, mentoring, following, and advocating for students as they transition back to school after release from juvenile detention.


Joseph O’Neil graduated from Gonzaga University with Degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He has volunteered for a few years working with youth as a basketball coach and tutor. He worked with adjudicated youth in a normalized high school setting for one year. Currently Mr. O’Neil works for Multnomah Education Service District in Portland, Or as a Transition Specialist. His current job is assisting students in juvenile detention with returning to their home school.


For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit

Multnomah Education Service District is an educational cooperative that provides a wide variety of programs and services on a regional basis to school districts in Multnomah County and beyond. MESD is one of 19 ESDs in Oregon. MESD's major areas of service include School Health Services, Special Education, Alternative Education, Technology, Outdoor School, and School Improvement.  The mission of MESD is to Support All Students to Achieve Excellence. Every student we serve benefits from a safe and supportive learning environment where they receive personalized, creative, equitable, and cutting-edge education, health and technology services. The core values of MESD are Equity, Health, Learning, Families, Students, Collaboration, and Employees.

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MESD Board Finance Committee meeting 5/9 at 2:30 p.m. - 05/04/18

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon  97220.

MESD Board Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting 5/7 at 10:00 a.m. - 05/03/18

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Equity and Inclusion Committee will meet on Monday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon  97220.