School board to be updated on distance learning

By on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 in Columbia Basin News

PENDLETON – The Pendleton School Board meets Monday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be virtual. Members of the public who want to access or participate in the meeting need to contact Ronda Thornburg by phone or via email. (Further instructions at the end of the article.)

Items on the agenda include an update by Superintendent Chris Fritsch on the Distance Learning for All program. So far, more than 880 Chromebooks have been checked out. Last week over 1,300 students participated in iReady math lessons and over 1,200 took part in iReady reading lessons.

The board will be updated on state funding from the Student Investment Account. This update is in response to the most recent projections regarding the newly-implemented Commercial Activity Tax which provides funding for the SIA.

The board is also scheduled to review and take action on the Oregon School Employees Association collective bargaining agreement for the coming year, discuss whether to cancel its work session on June 2 as well as its retreat on June 11, and hear an update on the budget process for the next fiscal year.

Those who wish to participate virtually need to call Ronda Thornburg on Monday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 541-276-6711, or email her at with contact information prior to 5:45 p.m. Monday for log-in directions.