Lake County Education Service Dist. Supt. Bob Nash updated the Lake County Board of Commissioners on the goings-on of the local district during their Tuesday, Sept. 17, work session.
Nash said that he believes that ESDs are still a vital entity, particularly in the rural part of the state, despite issues that have arisen in larger metropolitan areas.
“My goal is to create the most positive means of communications between our schools that I can,” Nash said.
The ESD provides a variety of support services to Lake County’s school districts, including special education and administrative and technology support. Nash also said that the Lake County ESD would play a major role in helping districts meet state-mandated Common Core requirements.
Nash also briefly spoke about the governor’s Early Learning Council program, the successor to the former Commission on Children and families. This new incarnation focuses on preschool through age 20, versus kindergarten through grade 12 demographics, he said.
The idea is to provide a better level of service for younger children at that preschool age, Nash said.
Nash also said that both North Lake and Paisley school districts are looking to create formal day care within their own districts as a result of this new initiative.
While flat funding of $1 million from the state initially proved to be an asset when first put into place several years ago, Nash said that rising costs are making it more difficult to manage services in current times.
In related business, the Commissioners approved the appointment of Nash to serve on the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Community Advisory Council (CAC).
The Commissioners additionally approved a collaborative agreement with Douglas County’s ESD to serve as part of an Early Learning Council ‘hub.’
During departmental and liaison updates, Commissioner Ken Kestner reported that Judi Steward is writing a grant for the new veteran’s memorial monument, a project continuing to make progress. An October deadline is rapidly approaching for a grant funding opportunity, he said.
Kestner also noted that county commissioners’ participation was requested for a meeting hosted by the Beaty Butte Grazing Association held in Adel on Monday, Sept. 23.
A meeting with Central Oregon Community College officials is scheduled for Sept. 30 to discuss the North Lake taxing district area, he said.