Vern Patrick Elementary School Awarded More than $130,000 in Funding

Vern Patrick Elementary has been named the recipient of donated funds totaling $130,884 to support an array of school based activities.

Funds received include:

A $119,884 award from the Central Oregon Health Council through their Community Impact Funds. Funds were awarded as part of the 2016-2019 Central Oregon Regional Health Improvement Plan. The plan aims to improve the health of Central Oregon residents where important strides will continue to be facilitated by partnerships among healthcare providers, local governments, educators, community-based and non-profit organizations, citizen groups and other entities in the region. A $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor to support Vern Patrick Elementary School’s Community School program which provides after school academic and enrichment opportunities. A $1,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation to support low-cost after school programming for children of low income families who may otherwise be staying home alone. “We are grateful to the Central Oregon Health Council, Pacific Power Foundation and the anonymous donor for their generous support to Vern Patrick Elementary,” shared Jennifer Hesse, Vern Patrick Elementary Principal. “Our school is thrilled for …

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Team Spotlight – John Brown

Redmond School District HVAC Technician

John Brown is Redmond School District’s HVAC Technician. John is responsible for supporting all of the district’s 13 school facilities as well as other district buildings such as the District Office and Transportation Services.

What does your job entail?

A large segment of my work is focused on preventative maintenance of our HVAC systems in all school district facilities. This involves changing air filters, belts, equipment lubrication, cleaning coils and monitoring refrigerant levels. The rest of my work is spent monitoring electronic digital direct control systems, adjusting heating/cooling schedules, inventory management, supply ordering, diagnostic troubleshooting and equipment installations/replacements.

How long have you been working for Redmond School District and what did you do before coming here?

I have been working for RSD for a year and 4 months.  I previously worked at Central Oregon Heating and Cooling as the Commercial Division Project Manager where I was in charge of scheduling employees, ordering equipment for all commercial division projects and assisted in field installation on projects all over the state.

What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about your role?

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RSD Mobile App

Download our mobile app and stay informed about events, important updates and more from your child’s school!

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Redmond School District Board of Directors Appoints Travis Bennett to Vacancy

The Redmond School District Board of Directors has selected Travis Bennett of Redmond, Ore. to the district’s five member governing board.

A total of three individuals were interviewed for the board vacancy during a board meeting held at the district office on July 21. Candidates Dearric Winchester, Michael Baumgartner and Travis Bennett were each interviewed for 45 minutes. All interview questions were identical and weighted scores were assigned to each candidate’s response. The candidate with the highest weighted score was selected.

Travis Bennett is currently the principal agent of AIC Insurance Agency in Redmond. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Oregon State University. 

“The Redmond School District Board of Directors is honored to appoint Travis Bennett to position three,” shared Rick Bailey, Board Chair. “Travis is truly invested in the Redmond community. His experience both as a parent and as a business owner will bring great perspective to our team. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all of the candidates who applied for this vacancy.”

Bennett …

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Transportation Open House

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Redmond School District is hiring bus drivers and they want to meet YOU! Join us for a Transportation Open House on Tuesday, August 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!  Meet drivers and learn about the job! Ride the bus and take a tour!

Prior experience is not required so bring your resume and apply in person at 245 SW Rimrock Way in Redmond! 


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Lead & Copper Water Test Results

Redmond School District has received the results from copper and lead testing performed at seven school sites in the district.  Lead is primarily a concern for buildings and facilities that were built in or before 1986.  Redmond School District tested water at all facilities that meet this criteria, including M.A. Lynch Elementary, John Tuck Elementary, Edwin Brown Education Center, Tumalo Community School, Redmond High School, Obsidian Middle School and Terrebonne Community School.  At these school sites, the district elected to test more than one water source, a drinking fountain and a kitchen water source where food is prepared. (Note that only one site was tested at Terrebonne Community School due to new kitchen structures installed during a recent renovation of the facility).

Redmond School District is pleased to report that the lab report has shown that levels at all sites tested were below EPA standards and allowable limits for both lead and copper.  A full report from the laboratory can be accessed below.

RSD Farallon Consulting Drinking Water Report

Table – Summary RSD Test Results


In June, the …

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2018-2019 School Supply Lists

Elementary & Community Schools

John Tuck Elementary School

M.A. Lynch Elementary School

Redmond Early Learning Center (Kinder Only)

Sage Elementary School

Terrebonne Community School

Tom McCall Elementary School

Tumalo Community School

Vern Patrick Elementary School

Middle Schools

Obsidian Middle School

Elton Gregory Middle School

High Schools

Ridgeview High School & Redmond High School

Because classes vary so much high schools do not have an “official” list. Please purchase pens, pencils, notebook paper, and binders. Specialty items will be determined by the student’s class load and the teachers will let classes know during the first weeks of class in the fall.



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Summer Hours


June 15– June 30, 2016:  Monday – Friday * 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

July 1 – August 12, 2016:  Monday – Thursday * 8:00am – 4:00 p.m.

(Office closed July 4th)

*Doors locked from 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. daily for lunch

Deliveries may be made to:  

Redmond School District, 145 SE Salmon Drive

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

School Offices Will Reopen to the Public the Week of August 15th. Please check your school’s website for specific dates and times.

Questions?  Please call 541-923-5437

Have a Fun & Safe Summer!

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Summer Meals Program set for Redmond School District

Redmond School District has announced its free Summer Meals Program schedule for the summer of 2016.

The program allows children who are 18 years of age and under to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no charge. No registration is required to participate.

The Redmond School District participates in the USDA Summer Food Service Program to provide meals at seven locations in the community throughout the summer months:

Deschutes Public Library 827 SW Deschutes Ave. Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 20th – August 26th | M-F Lunch Times: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Highland Baptist Church 3100 SW Highland Ave. in Redmond Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 20th – 24th | M-F Lunch Times: 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

M.A. Lynch Elementary School 1314 SW Kalama Ave. in Redmond Serving Lunch Only Dates: June 20th – August 26th Lunch Times: 11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Redmond High School 675 SW Rimrock in Redmond Breakfast & Lunch Served Dates: Aug. 8th – 26th | M-Th (No Fri. Service) Lunch Times: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Ridgeview High School 4555 SW Elkhorn …

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