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Boardreport





The Board Report is the Gresham-Barlow School District's summary of regular school board meetings. In the Board Report, you will find the superintendent's monthly report on the school district, a summary of action taken by the district's board of directors, and information about individuals honored by the school board. The Board Report is published after every regular school board meeting. If you live in Gresham, you can watch board meetings LIVE on MetroEast Community Media Comcast Cable Channel 27 and Frontier Cable Channel 35. If you live in Damascus, you can watch a tape of the board meeting on Willamette Falls TV every Saturday at 1 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.

Below you will find the latest edition of the Board Report.
To view back issues click here.


Boardreport
Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action


Meeting of September 7, 2017
 
Board Members Present: Chair Kris Howatt, Vice-Chair Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Matt O’Connell, Carla Piluso, and Blake Petersen

Recognitions
Gresham-Barlow wins awards from National School Public Relations Association
The school board recognized Communications Director Athena Vadnais. The school district received five awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) at its national seminar in July. NSPRA’s 2017 Publications and Electronic Media Contest annually recognizes outstanding education publications at the national level. The school district received an Award of Excellence for its “A Century of History” informational flyer. It also received an Award of Merit and three Awards of Honorable Mention. Since 2013, the district has earned nine national awards from NSPRA.
 
Sam Barlow High School student wins at National Racquetball Championship
The school board honored Sam Barlow High School sophomore Annie Roberts, who won all three of her racquetball matches to claim the 14U bracket at the Junior Olympic National Racquetball Championship in Stockton, CA this summer. As the national champion, Annie Roberts has earned a spot on Team USA for her age group and will compete at the World Championship held in Minnesota this November.
 
Presentations
Special Education Plan Update
Executive Director of Student Support Services John Koch provided an update on the changes to the special education program this year. The changes include the elimination of elementary and middle school HUB programs and the centralization of annual individual education plan (IEP) processes as well as initial identification and three-year re-evaluation processes. The two primary goals of this effort are to increase the capacity of building level special education staff to focus on teaching and learning as well as improve district compliance with the law.
 
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.
 
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Perera reported that Convocation was a successful, spirited event which brought staff members together to celebrate the beginning of the school year. She also shared that the school year was off to a great start. The school board presented a “Welcome to Oregon” gift basket to Superintendent Perera. It contained contributions from the Gresham Chamber of Commerce, the city of Gresham, and district staff members.
 
Action Items
APPROVED, accepting the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation’s donation of $11,000 to purchase eBooks
The foundation held their “Reading Matters” Phone-A-Thon last spring to raise the $11,000 donation. The eBooks purchased with the funds will include chapter books, popular fiction, and resources connected to the district’s curriculum.
 
APPROVED, nominating Kris Howatt for Position 18 on the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board of Directors
Official ballots will be distributed to member boards no later than October 13, 2017, and member boards will be asked to vote on candidates following the conclusion of all OSBA Fall Regional Meetings
 
APPROVED, nominating John Hartsock for Position 18 on the OSBA Legislative Policy Committee
Official ballots will be distributed to member boards no later than October 13, 2017, and member boards will be asked to vote on candidates following the conclusion of all OSBA Fall Regional Meetings
 
APPROVED, the lease agreement with Verizon pending successful contract negotiations
The proposed location is south of the existing track and is approximately 20’ x 50’ in size.
The proposed term of the agreement is five year with four additional five-year terms. Compensation to the district in return is estimated at $30,000 annually increasing at 2% per year. The administration intends to deposit all rental revenue into the capital projects fund used to provide for future athletic field and track repairs and improvements.
 
APPROVED, declaring Positions 1 and 3 on the Budget Committee as vacant and approving the appointment process as outlined
Open positions will be advertised on the district website and applications will be accepted over the next month. The board chair and vice-chair will conduct interviews and, if desired, provide a recommendation to the board for appointment.
 
APPROVED, reappointing Darrell Buell to Position 4 on the Budget Committee
In the past Mr. Buell had been selected for a one-year appointment to a vacant position.
 
DELAYED, accepting the modified Board and Superintendent Working Agreements
Modifications will be reviewed and accepted at a subsequent meeting.
 
Upcoming meetings
September 14
School Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
 
September 28
School Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
 
October 5
School Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Public Safety and Schools Building

Can’t Attend Board Meetings?
You can watch regular school board meetings LIVE on Comcast cable channel 27 and Frontier cable channel 35. MetroEast Community Media replays the board meeting at the following times:
 
Second Showing-Monday at 7 p.m.
Third Showing-The following Thursday at 4 p.m.
 
If you live in Damascus-
Board meetings are shown on Willamette Falls TV for patrons in the Damascus area. They are scheduled for cablecast on channel 23 every Saturday at 1 p.m.
 
 

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