Education Service Districts
- local service plan
(1)An education service district shall provide regionalized core services to component school districts. The goals of these services are to:
(a)Assist component school districts in meeting the requirements of state and federal law;
(b)Improve student learning;
(c)Enhance the quality of instruction provided to students;
(d)Enable component school districts and the students who attend schools in those districts to have equitable access to resources; and
(e)Maximize operational and fiscal efficiencies for component school districts.
(2)The services provided by an education service district shall be provided according to a local service plan developed by the education service district and component school districts. The education service district and component school districts shall develop the local service plan to meet the goals specified in subsection (1) of this section. The local service plan must include services in at least the following areas:
(a)Programs for children with special needs, including but not limited to special education services and services for at-risk students.
(b)Technology support for component school districts and the individual technology plans of those districts, including but not limited to technology infrastructure services, data services, instructional technology services and distance learning.
(c)School improvement services for component school districts, including but not limited to:
(A)Services designed to support component school districts in meeting the requirements of state and federal law;
(B)Services designed to allow the education service district to participate in and facilitate a review of the state and federal standards related to the provision of a quality education by component school districts;
(C)Services designed to support and facilitate continuous school improvement planning;
(D)Services designed to address schoolwide behavior and climate issues; and
(E)Services designed to support career and technical education.
(d)Administrative and support services for component school districts, including but not limited to services designed to consolidate component school district business functions, liaison services between the Department of Education and component school districts and registration of children being taught by private teachers, parents or legal guardians pursuant to ORS 339.035 (Teaching by private teacher, parent or guardian).
(e)Other services that an education service district is required to provide by state or federal law, including but not limited to services required under ORS 339.005 (Definition for ORS 339.040 and 339.125) to 339.090 (Determination of compliance).
(3)In addition to the services specified in subsection (2) of this section, a local service plan may include other services that are designed to meet regional needs.
(4)A local service plan shall also contain annual performance measures for the education service district.
(5)A local service plan must:
(a)Be adopted by the board of the education service district.
(b)After being adopted by the board of the education service district, be approved on or before March 1 by resolution of two-thirds of the component school districts that are a part of the education service district and that have at least a majority of the pupils included in the average daily membership of the education service district, as determined by the reports of such school districts for the preceding year, enrolled in the schools of the school districts.
(6)Notwithstanding the process for approval and adoption required by subsection (5) of this section, if the component school districts approve an amendment to a local service plan pursuant to subsection (5)(b) of this section, the board of an education service district may amend a local service plan that has been previously adopted by the board and approved by the component school districts. An amendment to a local service plan may be done at any time.
(7)If a component school district determines that a local service plan, or the provision of services under a local service plan, does not meet the service needs of the component school district, the component school district may contract with a public entity for the provision of services.
(8)An education service district may provide the services required by the local service plan directly through the staff of the district. In addition, an education service district may provide services required by the local service plan through the operation of a public school, a public charter school pursuant to ORS chapter 338, an alternative school or a preschool.
(9)An education service district may provide the services required by the local service plan in cooperation with another education service district or with a school district. In addition, an education service district may contract with a public or private entity for the provision of services. [1963 c.544 §§10,12; 1965 c.100 §180; 1967 c.542 §16; 1985 c.200 §1; 1991 c.280 §1; 1993 c.784 §13; 1995 c.611 §13; 2005 c.828 §3; 2009 c.94 §7; 2011 c.705 §10]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Authority of education service districts to provide curriculum improvement in special education programs without obtaining school district resolutions or agreements for reimbursement, (1979) Vol 39, p 717