Board of Directors
Welcome to the South Coast ESD Board of Directors page.
The South Coast ESD board consists of seven members representing Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties. The board is elected by their respective communities to four year terms.
The board’s work is to set policies and provide guidance to the organization. Our board members also participate in the Superintendent committees working with staff on organizational projects.
The Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm. Currently due to the coronavirus/COVID 19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID 19, meetings are conducted virtually at:
Meeting ID: 875 4506 6152
with minimal staff attending in person at 1350 Teakwood Ave. in Coos Bay.
Members of the public, parents, staff and students are encouraged to make their concerns know to the ESD and to give the ESD an opportunity to review those concerns and respond to them (Board Policy KL).
The complainant must follow the complaint procedure as outlined in administrative regulation Public Complaint Procedure KL-AR.
Commitment to Racial Equity
The South Coast ESD board is proud to commit to racial equity and passed the following proclamation on Tuesday, December 10, 2020.
Meet our board
Corinne Potts – Board Chair
Corinne has been on the South Coast ESD board of directors since 2014 and represents Position 2/Zone 3 which covers the Coos Bay area.
Corinne attended Southwestern Oregon Community College, RICKS College (BYU – Idaho) and Western Oregon University. She has earned degrees and certificates in Childhood Education & Family Studies, Parenting Education & Early Childhood Home Visiting and Infant/Toddler Development.
She believes every person has worth and merit, from the children we serve, the parents who entrust us with their children, and the amazing teachers and support staff that get to play a vital role in helping children grow and develop in all areas of life. She has seen the impact that specialty placed supports have in shaping the minds and lives of children and their families. She truly feels that the work that is accomplished by SCESD is vital to the success of our communities and their ability to thrive and move forward into the future. Whether a child is struggling or excelling, all children need support and scaffolding to be successful, reach their individual goals and potential. What amazing possibilities lie before us as we come together with that goal in mind.
Corinne participates on various SCESD committees focusing on the budget, policies and overall governance of the district as well as serving as our current board vice chair.
Bruce Levy – Board Vice-Chair
Bruce has been on the South Coast ESD board of directors since 2017 and represents Position 4/Zone 1A which covers Gold Beach and Port Orford in Curry county.
Bruce has a BA in Social Work from Penn State, Elementary Teaching Certificate from Concordia University, a Masters in Special Education from National University and a certificate in Child Behavior from California State.
He wants to bring something to the community and his ambition is to impart any knowledge he may have working with others to continue the greater work of South Coast ESD.
Bruce participates on several of the SCESD committees, volunteers at SCESD community events and is a substitute teacher in the Bandon, Port Orford and Gold Beach districts.
Fred has been on the South Coast ESD board of directors for seven years and recently finished his second term as board chair. He represents Position 6/At Large.
Fred received his BA in History – Social Studies Education at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota and has a MA in History from the University of Minnesota. He is still working on his PhD in History also at the University of Minnesota.
He has worked with the SCESD and its service providers while gaining supports for his adopted children with special needs. As a result, he has a strong desire to support the ESD and his community access the same great opportunities.
Fred participates on several SCESD committees which has contributed to the growth and development of SCESD. He brings several skill sets and an open mind and looks forward to helping our students and districts for the next several years.
Chuck has started his first year on the South Coast ESD board and represents Position 1/Zone 4 which represents North Bend, Lakeside and Reedsport.
Chuck has worked in the computer/software business since 1997 including support work for Apple in 1998 and the last twenty plus years with Marketron Broadcast Solution (CBSI) performing software testing tasks and some development work.
He has two special needs children and has worked directly with South Coast ESD and the Reedsport school district in developing plans for his children. He looks forward to using this first-hand knowledge to help make South Coast ESD the best it can be in helping all children succeed.
Billie has been on the South Coast ESD board of directors since 2017 and represents Position 3/Zone 2 which covers Bandon, Coquille, Myrtle Point and Powers.
She has a BS from Memphis State University, MA from the University of Washington and an MA in Education Administration from Cal State San Bernardino. Billie is a retired classroom teacher (grades 2-12), Reading Specialist, and was an Administrator for K-8 schools for 20 years in California and currently substitutes for the Bandon school district.
As a Board member she says she will advocate for each child’s right to the best possible educational opportunities, a caring and supportive learning environment and a proficiently run and well organized Education Service District.
Billie participates on several of SCESD committees, attends board trainings and community outreach activities as well as serving as our current board chair.
Jackie Crook has been on the South Coast ESD board of directors for 18 years and has served as board chair and vice chair. She represents Position 5/Zone 1B which represents from Gold Beach to Brookings in Curry County.
Jackie Crook lives in Pistol River Oregon and has been an educator for 50 years. As a classroom teacher, Jackie has dedicated herself to providing an engaging and relevant education experience for the students, families and community she supported. At the state level she has been elected as the President on the Board side of Oregon Association of Education Service Districts, was a member of the Oregon School Boards Association Board and is currently the zone lead 9 for Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties for the Oregon School Boards Association.
Marie Simonds, At-Large Position 7
Marie is new to the South Coast ESD board of directors and represents At Large/Zone 7.
Marie has lived on the South Coast for over 16 years with her husband Jeff and two sons Peyton (13) and Jackson (10). She is currently the Executive Director for Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, where she has worked the past 8 years. Prior to that Marie was the Executive Director of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation where she led student scholarship fundraising efforts and was also the Head Men’s and Women’s golf coach.
In joining the South Coast ESD Board, Marie is looking for opportunities to continue to learn and contribute to our communities on the South Coast and hopes to add value through participation in strategic discussions and planning.
Marie currently serves as vice chair of the Bandon School District Board of Directors, as well as being on the boards of Travel Southern Oregon Coast, South Coast Development Council, Greater Bandon Association Economic Development Committee, South Coast Regional Solutions, Coos County Housing Action Team, and the Gorse Action Group. She Marie is also a member of the Oregon Community Foundation South Coast Leadership Council and is the current co-chair of the GO Kids initiative.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys playing golf with her family, riding bikes, walks on the beach and hiking.
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