SLSD signs new agreement, business as usual

At the December school board meeting, the South Lane District school board unanimously approved Lane Education Service District’s (Lane ESD) 2017-19 local service plan. 

The service plan was presented by Tony Scurto who serves as the superintendent of Lane ESD and has been superintendent of the Pleasant Hill School District since 2008. 

“Just an overview is that just having the second year of the two-year plan, that doesn’t mean that it’s automatic, it has to be voted on annually. But given it’s the second year of a two-year plan there aren’t many changes from the prior year,” said Scurto as he addressed the board at the December meeting.

“Just the overall look at this is that statutorily education service districts need to provide four things: special need services for districts, improvements in technology, services in school improvement and services in administration.”

Changes in the service plan included an additional math specialist. Potential changes in funding included the “flexibility to access Core Services and annually select the amount of services needed to meet individual districts needs.” 

Scurto has been in his position at Lane ESD since July 1 and recently had his six-month review by the Lane ESD board of directors. This board is comprised with one member from each of the seven school boards around the state.

Sherry Duerst- Higgins, the South Lane School District representative and vice-chair, said in an email that “his performance was very good.” 

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