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Homeless Liaison

Image Not Available with a cartoon DSLR camera behind itMelinda Torres




The McKinney-Vento Program was signed into law on July 22, 1987 By Ronald Reagan.  At that time the homeless population of women and children was rapidly increasing. This program was created to help homeless students overcome obstacles and barriers to receiving an education and to assist families with social service needs.

I also keep a record of all paperwork connected with my duties. 

    • Living in a shelter.
    • Living in a motel or campground due to the lack of alternative adequate housing.
    • Living in a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station.
    • Living doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
    • Setting up transportation for students when the family is living outside of the “school of origin” district.   
    • Making sure the students have enough school supplies and clothing, and purchasing anything else they need.
    • Signing up the students for free school meals.
    • Finding out the educational needs of the students and contacting teachers with needs such as Special Education, Tutoring, English Learners Program, Career and Technical Education, or Talented and Gifted Education.
    • Paying for school sports or activities and the equipment and clothing needed for it.
    • Delivering food from our school food bank, and refer families to the many other food banks in the area.
    • Referring families to community services such as health, mental health, substance abuse, housing, and other community services.
    • Running the “Snack Pack” Program, where ORCCA provides bags of snacks to needy students every second Friday of the month as a supplement for the weekend.
    • Keeping the “Community Services” packet of information updated.
    • Providing miscellaneous services like ordering birth certificates, social security cards, giving out Oregon Driver’s Manuals, providing rides to appointments, and anything else needed.

School Resource Officer

Officer ParkhurstOfficer Parkhurst

I am School Resource Officer (SRO) Dustin Parkhurst from North Bend Police Department. Currently, I am the only SRO working within the North Bend School District. My office is located at North Bend High School, but I serve all of the students, families, and school community. I typically investigate crime related incidents that occur in and around our schools, however the SRO position has evolved and expanded to be much more. During my assignment in the schools, I work to build positive and meaningful relationships within the school community. You may see me working traffic enforcement around schools, crosswalks, or bus routes, and you may see me co-teaching classes within a K-12 classroom. I am often greeting students in the morning or wishing them a good day when they leave. In 2015, I graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Minor in Homeland Security/Community Preparedness. Included in my work experience, I have worked with a local mental health agency serving our youth and families. The SRO position is something I take seriously and I continually work to understand how best to respond and help the individuals I serve. If you ever have a question about criminal law, traffic law, or SRO duties and responsibilities, please feel free to contact me!

Talented & Gifted

Curriculum Director
District Talented & Gifted Coordinator

Dayna Cahill

Youth Transition Program

Melissa DownsSouth Coast ESD
YTP Coordinator

Melissa Downs

My name is Melissa Downs and I'm the lead YTP Specialist for our program at SCESD. I've been a Youth Transition Specialist working with 16-21 year old's at North Bend High School for ten years. I've been in the field of education for over 18 years. Prior to YTP I taught 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th grade. I love working with students to help them achieve their dreams! Please email me if you have any questions or are interested in connecting with our program. 


North Bend High is home to our transition specialist - Melissa Downs!
Our YTP program is home to seven different school based work experience opportunities which are:

  • Bulldog Brew Coffee Shop
  • Spill the Beans Coffee Roasting
  • Signs and Designs
  • Clothes Closet
  • Boneyard School Store
  • Bulldog Youth Food Pantry
  • Tag You’re It

These opportunities allow for students to gain incredible hands on experience working in the community and on campus to learn communication skills, work skills, problem solving, and adapting to situations. At the Bulldog Brew a student not only learns how to become a barista and make incredible coffee but learns how to manage a customer who is not happy with a product or how to think fast on their feet if we're out of an item. Preparing them for the real work world while also supporting each student’s different needs and skills. Students who participate in Clothes Closet and Food Pantry gain an incredible experience in where their work helps many, many students and families in our community. They learn about empathy, listening skills, open communication, confidentiality, and organizing.

Students also get the awesome opportunity to go into the community and work at our local winter and summer Farmers Market and sell the items we created. Signs and Designs and well as roasted coffee are a big hit at our booth where students learn how to start a conversation with someone they’ve never met, get the potential customer excited about a product they’ve made, and handle cash transactions.

Our YTP site works closely with students to prepare them for entering the work world or post-secondary education. We work hand in hand with our local Vocational Rehabilitation office. Our VR specialist comes to our site at least monthly and meets families and students to create a team atmosphere. At North Bend we pride ourselves in getting to know our students and what their dreams are and create a plan to help each student succeed.