According to the Hermiston School District’s most recent enrollment report, three more students joined the district last month, leaving total enrollment at 5,757 so far this year.

It’s 21 students less than this time last year, but administrators and board members aren’t too concerned.

“When you look around at 21 students across K-12, you don’t feel 21 students,” Superintendent Tricia Mooney said at the district’s most recent board meeting last week, on Nov.12.

The district is working to wrap up its Continuous Improvement Plan, which is due to the state on Dec. 6. All districts in Oregon must submit CIPs in order to get access to their allotment of state and federal grant funding, including money from the Student Success Act, which passed through legislature this year and will bring $500 million to school districts statewide.

Assistant Superintendent Bryn Browning said that the district could possibly see a higher allocation in Title 1C federal grant funding. Last year, the InterMountain Education Service District received $1.38 million in the funding, which goes to migrant educational programs.

This year, the district has 191 migrant students. Last year, there were 115.

“With that comes a very diverse set of needs,” Browning stated.

Also this month, the Hermiston School District board completed its first evaluation of Mooney, who was officially hired for the position in September, 2018. Prior to that, Mooney served as an interim superintendent, starting July, 2017 after then-superintendent Fred Maiocco left for active duty in the military.

Maiocco resigned in August, 2018.

The review addressed Mooney’s first full year as superintendent.

The board commended Mooney for placing a dean of students in each elementary school, re-organizing secondary-level staff to make room for a director of secondary instruction. The review also stated that Mooney helped maintain “sound fiscal policies” within the district and has enhanced community outreach programs for the diverse student population.

“It’s been a real pleasure this last year,” said vice board chair Ginny Holthus to Mooney during last week’s meeting. “We’re very happy to have you.”

The school board also presented several certificates to members of the Hermiston FFA, who attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, earlier this month. Certificates were also presented to the slow-pitch softball team for winning districts and placing second in state.

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