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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.

Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action

Meeting of November 3, 2016

Board Members Present
: Chair Carla Piluso, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Kris Howatt, Matt O’Connell, and Kathy Ruthruff.
Hogan Cedars Elementary teacher named Social Studies Educator of the Year
The school board honored Hogan Cedars Elementary teacher Darlene Frazier for being named the 2016 Oregon Elementary Social Studies Educator of the Year. The award comes from the Oregon Council for the Social Studies. Educators nominated for the award were evaluated on several criteria including creatively using innovate and effective instructional strategies, fostering communication between students and members of the community and state, developing students who are able to inquire and use information for decision-making and active citizenship, along with evidence of involvement in professional improvement activities. Ms. Frazier teaches second grade.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
Ronald Brown of Portland, Oregon, has raised several kids through the Gresham-Barlow School District. He shared his concerns. Mr. Brown believes school should not be about grades but about what students are learning and where they are going with their life.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter reported on the various communications going out to parents and community members on the proposed school bond. During the last remaining days, informational updates have been sent to volunteers, retirees, key communicators, and parents. Superintendent Schlachter commended the school board for its work to develop the school bond through an extensive community engagement process that included student, staff, parent and community member input. Mr. Schlachter also thanked Board Member Matt O’Connell and parent Jason Dugan for co-chairing the political action committee “Yes for Student Success.” He expressed his appreciation for the countless volunteers who assisted the group in advocating for passage of the school bond.
The school board’s work session on December 8 will feature the district’s second annual School Improvement Plan presentations event. Every school’s improvement plan will be reviewed at the meeting.
The school board will attend the annual Oregon School Boards Association’s conference in downtown Portland the weekend of November 11, 12, and 13. The board will report back on the conference at its December meeting.

Gresham High School students who serve on the Gresham Youth Advisory Committee are creating a community mural at the scene of a recent tragedy. The students will work with local artists on the mural at the 7-eleven located at 18735 E. Burnside. Last summer a conflict at the building led to the death of an African American teenager in a racially motivated crime. The mural will promote a message of hope designed to help the community heal.
Action Items
APPROVED, accepting the donation to Gordon Russell Middle School from Intel and Best Buy in the amount of $25,000
Principal Hayden engaged his staff to identify the use of these funds to impact student learning. In alignment with the focus of their school improvement plan, they will use the funds to purchase technology for student use, add technology such as whiteboards, purchase supports for school-wide organizational binder system, and provide support for student enrichment programs. The donation will also pay for professional development support to staff to assist in the implementation of their school improvement plan.
DELAYED, reviewing the 2015-16 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2015-16 as presented for first reading. The report will be reviewed at the December 1 board meeting.
APPROVED, authorizing district staff to move forward with adoption and purchase of Calculus for AP by Larson and Battaglia in the amount of $10,500.
APPROVED, ratifying the resolution recognizing November 14-18, 2016, as American Education Week in the Gresham-Barlow School District.
REVIEWED, OSBA election information as presented for first reading. Action will be requested in December. 

Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) Public Charter School Annual Report to the Board
Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) Director Carol Egan presented the school’s annual report. State law requires that charter schools submit an annual report to the district and the state board of education each year on the performance of the school and its students. The report includes goals and outcomes related to student performance and a look at the school year ahead.
Technology Report to the Board
Deputy Superintendent Teresa Ketelsen and Technology Director Bill DeWitz presented an update on the status of the Long Range Technology Plan and District Technology Initiatives. The Long Range Technology Plan was approved by the school board in 2015 and highlights 14 key initiatives
Information Items
Oregon Rising Report
Superintendent Schlachter provided a report from “Oregon Rising.” This outreach project occurred earlier this year. It was initiated and supported by the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon School Boards Association, and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. The purpose of the project was to hear about and share Oregonians’ hopes and dreams for schools. The Oregon Rising report can be found online at:

Upcoming meetings
December 1
Regular Board Work Session
6 pm
Public Safety and Schools Building
December 1
Regular Board Business Meeting
7 pm
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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