Effective July of 2012, Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 634.700-634.750 requires all Oregon public schools, kindergarten through community college, to implement IPM practices.

IPM is a pest management strategy that integrates multiple tactics including sanitation, pest exclusion, cultural, mechanical and other non-chemical methods. It uses the most environmentally and economically sound manner to control a pest.  Since IPM focuses on remediation of the fundamental reasons for pests, pesticides are rarely used and only when necessary.

All school districts are required to develop a written Integrated Pest Management Plan.  The one for the Redmond School District can be viewed at this link: Redmond School District IPM Plan.

School districts are also required to designate an IPM Plan Coordinator from among their staff.  The district’s lead groundskeeper, Phil Sledge, has been appointed to that function.

When pesticide applications are necessary, they must be used in accordance with state and federal law.  A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest.  Pests can be insects, mice and other animals, weeds, fungi or micro-organisms.  Pesticides is a broad term that includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides.

Pesticides in public schools are restricted to application by a licensed applicator.  Redmond School District has two staff certified with pesticide applicator licensure.  Redmond School District will only apply pesticides on the Oregon State approved list of low-impact pesticides.  Oregon State Approved Low-Impact Pesticides List

Other Resources:

RSD Board Policy EBB
2017 Annual Integrated Pest Management Report
2016 Annual Integrated Pest Management Report
2015 Annual Integrated Pest Management Report
2014 Annual Integrated Pest Management Report
2013 Annual Integrated Pest Management Report


Phil Sledge
Lead Groundskeeper/IPM Coordinator
Phone: 541-977-8897

Marc Horner
Director of Facilities
Phone: 541-318-2864

Tony Pupo
Executive Director of Operations
Phone: 541-923-4894