Pendleton could get another extension service, but not in the field of agriculture.
At a meeting Monday, the Pendleton School Board discussed entering the school system into the Oregon Research Schools Network, a University of Oregon pilot project that touts itself as the agricultural extension service model for education.
Under the five-year project, Pendleton and several other districts across the state would have an embedded researcher studying local schools and providing best practices to teachers based on the data.
In exchange for funding the researcher position, the university will get a chance to do student outreach and recruitment.
Superintendent Chris Fritsch said the researcher would likely be an existing faculty member who would split their time between the classroom and research. He added that one area the Pendleton researcher could study is best teaching practices for Native American students.
Fritsch said the district and the university are trying to hammer out the final details of the project and not every aspect of network’s offerings will make it to Pendleton. For instance, the network’s dual-credit program would replicate the dual-credit classes Pendleton High School already offers.
Director of Business Services Michelle Jones said she will return to the board with an intergovernmental agreement between the district and college.
The board seemed supportive of the project and like the length of the university’s commitment.
“It seems like a good opportunity that’s not going to collapse in 18 months,” board member Debbie McBee said.