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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.

 Meeting of October 6, 2016
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Kris Howatt, Matt O’Connell, Kathy Ruthruff, and Kent Zook.
Nutrition Services Annual Report
Nutrition Services Director Keely Davidson presented the nutrition services department’s annual report. The district’s food service company, Sodexo, employs a staff of more than 90
individuals to provide lunch and breakfast to approximately 12,000 students at 25 sites. The
program runs on a cost-effective basis. The total cost of all direct operating costs for the
program (including food, supplies, wages, benefits, and other direct costs) must not exceed
total program revenues.
Community Care Day
The school board recognized several churches that led the effort to coordinate “Community Care Day” in the school district. For several years volunteers from area churches have come together to prepare our school grounds for the start of school. This event is called “Community Care Day.” Volunteers work on beautification projects, which include puling weeds, raking, spreading bark dust, pruning painting and planting flowers. The following churches were recognized: Cornerstone Church, East Hill Church, Good Shepherd Community Church, Grace Community Church, First Baptist Church, Gresham Bible Church, Mountain View Christian Church, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-Gresham Stake and Mt. Hood Stake.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
Gresham Chamber of Commerce president Warner Allen and Chamber Chief Executive Officer Lynn Snodgrass shared information with the school board on Measure 97. Allen and Snodgrass asked the school board to join with the chamber and oppose Measure 97.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter reported that enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is flat, which is within the range that was expected. He shared that staffing positions have been added and moved to address class sizes and provide support for classrooms with high needs students.
He shared that an Education Forum will take place on Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the district office. Representative Mark Johnson is holding the forum. Superintendent Schlachter will serve on the discussion panel along with Mount Hood Community College President Debra Derr, Johnson, and Senator Mark Hass.
Superintendent Schlachter shared that the school district continues to work to get information out about the November school bond measure, so that everyone is fully informed when they receive their ballot in the mail.
Action Items
REVIEWED, draft charter that outlines the responsibilities of a school bond citizens oversight committee. A key element of the effective implementation of a capital bond includes community involvement and transparency during the multi-year process of planning and implementing all aspects of the bond projects. Accordingly, the administration recommends that the board appoint an oversight committee to ensure that bond proceeds are spent properly and only on projects described in the bond explanatory statement. Approval of the charter and appointment of the members will be made after the passage of the bond.
Information Items
Enrollment and Class Size Report
Deputy Superintendent of Secondary Education James Hiu and Executive Director of
Elementary Education Julie Evans shared enrollment numbers and class sizes.
This year’s September 27 enrollment totaled10,981 which is 170 below projections.
Elementary School Class Size Averages

  Kg 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2014-15 26.6 27.7 28.7 29.8 30.4 32.8
2015-16 24.2 25.7 27.5 28.5 32 30.2
2016-17 23.2 25.7 27.5 30.0 31.4 32.7
Middle School Class Size Averages-Core Classes
  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
2014-15 30.7 28.8 28.4
2015-16 26.4 29.8 28.6
2016-17 29.1 29.3 25.0
High School Class Size Averages-Core Classes
GHS Core Class Average
  2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 31.6 31.6 28.2
Science 34.0 34.0 34.7
Social Studies 34.0 34.0 33.8
Language Arts 32.9 32.9 30.4
SBHS Core Class Average
  2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 31.6 33.0 29.8
Science 34.0 33.4 33.0
Social Studies 34.0 34.2 34.1
Language Arts 32.9 32.7 32.8
STHS Core Class Average
  2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 31.6 23.9 23.7
Science 34.0 22.3 20.8
Social Studies 34.0 21.7 21.0
Language Arts 32.9 24.1 19.0

Bond Information Update
The board received an update regarding the district’s 2016 school bond measure, which will be on the November ballot.
Upcoming meetings
October 20
Board Work Session
Partnership Room
Center for Advanced Learning
6 p.m.
November 3
Board Work Session
Council Chambers Conference Room
Public Safety and Schools Building
6 p.m.
November 3
Board Business Meeting
Council Chambers
Public Safety and Schools Building
7 p.m.
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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