The first meeting of the newly elected InterMountain Education Service District Board of Directors took place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Umatilla-Morrow ESD offices, 2001 S.W. Nye Ave. in Pendleton. All seven IMESD board members, who were elected during the Nov. 2 general election, were scheduled to be sworn into office and draw for 2- and 4-year terms at the board meeting.

Newly elected IMESD Board members include:

— Kathy Neal (Zone 1 – representing the Morrow, Ione, Ukiah, Pilot Rock, and Umatilla school districts);

—  Kelly Bissinger (Zone 2 – representing the Hermiston School District);

— Verneda Wagner (Zone 3 – representing the Helix, Milton-Freewater, Athena-Weston, Stanfield, and Echo school districts);

— Jack Matlock (Zone 4 – representing the Pendleton School District);

— Merle Comfort (Zone 5 – representing the La Grande, Imbler, Cove, and Elgin school districts);

— Dale Bingham (Zone 6 – representing the Baker, Pine Eagle, Burnt River, North Powder, and Union school districts);

— Joe McElligott (Zone 7 – At-large, representing Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Baker counties).

The IMESD is the result of a merger between the Umatilla-Morrow and Union-Baker ESDs, which will take effect May 31, 2011.

IMESD Board will continue to meet monthly as the merger process works towards completion by May 31, 2011. The

The UMESD and Union-Baker ESD boards will also continue to meet at their regular times (second Wednesday of each month for UMESD, and third Thursday for UBESD) through May.

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