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.
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†Meeting of June 9, 2016
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Vice Chair Kris Howatt, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Matt OíConnell, and Kathy Ruthruff. Kent Zook joined by phone during the vote on the school bond.
Venisha Bahr, Celebrate Literacy Award
The school board honored K-8 District Media Coordinator Venisha Bahr for receiving the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Portland Reading Council and International Literacy Association. Winners of this award demonstrate dedication to promoting literacy, have a lifelong love of reading that is instilled in others, and have made significant contributions to literacy at the local level. This award was presented to her at a reception and ceremony on May 11, 2016.
Savanah Campbell, State Champion Musician, Sam Barlow High School
The school board recognized Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) student Savanah Campbell. Campbell, who plays the French horn, placed first in the state at the OSAA State Solo Championships. Savanah presented an inspiring performance of Gordon Jacobs Concerto for French horn; a truly rewarding finish to months of hard work on this very challenging piece.
Jake Ingram, Bow Hunter Free Style Champion, Sam Barlow High School
The school board honored SBHS student Jake Ingram. Ingram was named Youth Menís Bow Hunter Freestyle champion at the Oregon Bow Hunterís competition. This indoor target archery tournament is held each year in Bend, Oregon.
Theatre Arts Award, Gresham High School
Over 1,300 students from 67 high schools participated at the State Acting Competition in April in Salem. Gresham High School took home the state championship award for their musical performance. This is the fifth year in a row GHS has received this award!
Musical Performance Ė ďA MusicalĒ from Something Rotten†
Abraham Baltazar †††††††††††††† Irene Jaime
Kelley Bastin †††††††††††††††††††††† Jacob Livermore
Claire Corbett ††††††††††††††††††††† Riley Olson
Dylan Dowdy †††††††††††††††††††††† Austin Pacquette
Sara Eakman ††††††††††††††††††††† Mario Phillips
Robert Harris ††††††††††††††††††††† Dylan Reisen
Joshua Horine †††† †††††††††††††† Vashti Wix
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Directed by Sara Dempsey
Gresham High School Track and Field
The school board honored two Gresham High School (GHS) students named State Champions in Track and Field:
- Fechi Nmereole, freshman, is the 6A state champion in the 100 meter dash
- Leah Russell, senior, is the 6A state champion in the 300 intermediate hurdles
Sam Barlow High School Track and Field
The school board honored four SBHS students who won the 6a state championships in the
- Macie Allen, senior
- Madison Serafini, sophomore
- Sara Turner, junior
- Renick Meyer, junior
Alternates: Kaitlyn Bethurum, sophomore and Krista Walcott, senior
Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School Update
Representatives from the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School (LCMCS) presented an update to the board. Over the course of the past year LCMCS has been refining and implementing their plan relative to stabilizing the finances of their school. The board previously accepted their plan with certain stipulations.
Citizensí Requests of the Board
There were no citizensí requests of the board.
Superintendent Schlachter shared that the district is currently testing drinking water in all of its schools for potential elevated lead levels. Testing drinking water quality is a two-step process. If the first test shows potential elevated levels of lead, those water fixtures are immediately shut off and undergo a follow-up test. The water supply to those fixtures will remain shut off until they are remediated and the problem has been fixed. Test results are being posted to the district website.
Superintendent Schlachter provided an update to the school board on the work completed over the course of the school year to meet the year one targets in the districtís seven strategic themes. The strategic themes are:
-Teaching and Learning, Growth and Achievement for All
-College and Career Readiness
-Class Size and Learning Environments
APPROVED, the summary of the superintendentís evaluation as presented
Each year, per Board Policy CBA, the school board evaluates the superintendent. This year, the school board chose to hire a consultant, the Coraggio Group, to design a 360 degree evaluation process, survey a variety of stakeholders, and report the results to the board. A comprehensive report with survey responses was presented to the board in an executive session on May 5. At the June 9 meeting, the board reviewed and approved a summary of the evaluation results.
APPROVED, ratification of Resolution No. 1617-01 to adopt the budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year in the total of $152,677,144
APPROVED, ratification of Resolution No. 1671-02 to appropriate funds in the amount and purposes as outlined in the resolution for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016
APPROVED, ratification of Resolution No. 1617-03 to impose the taxes provided for the adopted budget at the Permanent Rate of $4.5268 per $1,000 of assessed value for General Fund operations and moving to impose taxes in the amount of $6,086,989 for bonded debt; making these taxes hereby imposed and categorized for the tax year 2016- 17 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the district
APPROVED, declaring Positions 2, 4 and 5 on the Gresham-Barlow School District Budget Committee as vacant, and approve the appointment process as outlined
Information on the Budget Committee vacancies will be posted on the district website.
APPROVED, delaying appointments to the Audit Involvement Team until the board has filled the vacant budget committee positions
APPROVED, accepting the 2016-2017 student fees and tuition as presented
There are no changes in student fees from 2015-16 approved fees, including the elementary supply fee of $25, not represented on a schedule.
APPROVED, proposed Board Meeting Schedule for 2016-17
School board meeting dates will be posted on the district website.
APPROVED, the assurance form for the School District Collaboration Grant Application
During the 2015-16 school year, the Gresham-Barlow School District was awarded the Collaboration Grant for Design from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). The focus of this grant was to improve student achievement through voluntary collaboration of teachers and administrators to design new approaches to: 1. Career pathways for teachers 2. Evaluation processes for teachers 3. Compensation models for teachers 4. Enhanced professional development opportunities for teachers. The Collaboration Design Team created a blueprint in each of these four areas. On June 20 members of the team will present the blueprints to staff from the ODE to secure a School District Collaboration Grant for nearly $950,000 for the 2016-17 school year. If the school district receives the grant, it will be brought to the board for acceptance at a future meeting.
APPROVED, a bond measure election in the November 2016 General Election in the aggregate principal amount of $299,170,000; further, to direct the district to prepare a notice of bond election and explanatory statement which will be brought to the board on or before September 1, 2016, board of education meeting
The $299 million school bond to be placed on the November 2016 ballot would have a cost to taxpayers of approximately $1.95 for every $1000 of assessed value.
Every school building in the district would be impacted by the school bond. Projects include safety and security upgrades, improvements to technology infrastructure, replacement of roofs, and heating and cooling system upgrades.
School improvements in the package would also allow the district to update its career technical education program, as well as its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes that help prepare students for careers and college.
Major renovations would occur at Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School. North Gresham and East Gresham Elementary Schools would be replaced. Classrooms would be added to Hall and Hollydale Elementary Schools. The school bond would include renovations to Deep Creek Elementary School so that it can become a K-8 school.
Information on the various proposed school bond projects will be posted to the district website and shared with the community in the coming months.
APPROVED, adopting Policy JBB, Educational Equity, as presented
Policy JBB, Educational Equity, was developed by the Superintendentís Equity Advisory which consists of students, parents, staff, and administrators. The policy was first presented to the school board as an information item during the April 28 Board Work Session.
APPROVED, the Restated Trust Agreement dated February 29, 2016 and the Form of Joinder to Trust Agreement effective March 12, 2016
PACE is the districtís property and casualty insurance coverage provider. PACEís original trust agreement was adopted in 2006 and was recently reviewed and revised. There are two substantive changes to the Trust Agreement that were approved by the OSBA board of trustees. First, trustees created a dispute resolution process that encourages the parties to resolve any disputes at the lowest possible level. Second, PACE trustees will be allowed to serve up to three terms of three years to provide stability to the program and allow trustees to apply the experience and education they have received to the complexities of the insurance program.
APPROVED, the list of alternative education programs presented for the 2016-17 school year
A list of alternative education programs was presented for first reading at the May 5, 2016, board meeting. The alternative programs will be the complete list of programs available for contract in the 2016-17 school year.
Upcoming school board meetings
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Canít 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.