Douglas ESD offers services, “anchor-tenant” option as county considers library issue
The Douglas ESD has offered a proposal to move into the Douglas County Library System’s Roseburg headquarters, which could allow the Roseburg library to remain open while the county and community look for long-term solutions.
Superintendent Michael Lasher presented a one-page proposal at a Friday community event on library options. The event was sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation at the Danny Lang Event Center.
Lasher calls the proposal a “win-win” for the county and the ESD. Lasher said this “anchor-tenant model” offers a bridge to maintain some of the most important library services in Roseburg and support for city and town-operated branches, while providing the ESD a home. The ESD is currently considering relocation or renovation of its current 1871 NE Stephens St. office.
“Our board is supportive of Douglas ESD stepping forward to help preserve library services in Oregon …. We believe that Douglas ESD could play a significant role,” Lasher wrote in his proposal. “With nearly 200 employees in Douglas and Jackson counties, we have an organizational infrastructure and capacity that could serve as a base.”
The proposal aligns with the ESD’s available services and its overall mission. In addition to keeping doors open during ESD operational hours (M-F, 7:30a-4:30p), ESD services that could support library services include:
- business and fiscal agent
- grant writing and management
- professional and volunteer base organization
- IT and computer support
- courier van route that travels to 13 cities and towns several times a week.
“We’re not interested in single-handedly solving the funding for the library system, but we’d like to do our part,” Lasher said in a January video to ESD staff about this possibility. “We just want to be part of the solution to preserving libraries in Douglas County.”
The Douglas ESD provides cooperative services to 13 Douglas County school districts to support students within our region in four core services areas (information technology, instruction-curriculum and professional development, special education and administrative services). In addition to serving our component districts, the Douglas ESD operates and administers a number of regional and statewide education programs.
View Douglas ESD's one-page proposal HERE.