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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.
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Meeting of November 5, 2015

Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Vice Chair Kris Howatt, John Hartsock, Matt O’Connell, Kathy Ruthruff, and Kent Zook.
Sam Barlow High School Theatre Department
The school board honored the Sam Barlow High School Theatre Department. The theatre department submitted entries to the National Scenographics Set Building Competition and won first place for its set designs for “Anything Goes” and fourth place for “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” The sets are featured on the front and back covers of Scenographics’ annual catalog. This is the first time that a high school took home two awards since the competition started over a decade ago.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
Zoe Young lives in Gresham and works for the Gresham-Barlow School District. She shared concerns she has regarding the school district’s special education program.
George Schneider lives in Gresham. He expressed his concerns regarding the district’s dress code policy and how it was recently implemented.
Roxanne Ross lives in Gresham. Ms. Ross expressed her concerns regarding the district’s dress code policy and how it was recently implemented.
Marlene Robbins lives in Gresham. She expressed her concerns regarding the district’s dress code policy and how it was recently implemented.
Nick Hershey lives in Gresham. Mr. Hershey explained his thoughts regarding the recent decertification vote by First Student bus drivers.
Lauren Holwege lives in Gresham and is a school bus driver. He shared information about working as a First Student bus driver in the Gresham-Barlow School District.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that the school district’s implementation of its dress code policy is designed to maintain a safe school environment. He stated that while the district’s dress code does not allow clothing with images of weapons, in light of the recent situation at Dexter McCarty Middle School, the district is taking a closer look at its policy. District staff and administrators have met with representatives from the Oregon National Guard. The district has also reached out to the American Legion. Moving forward the district will review the state statutes behind the dress code policy and work with school principals on the application of the policy.
The superintendent shared that KOIN News recently spotlighted Gresham High School for its efforts to increase student achievement on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. A letter to the editor in the Gresham Outlook newspaper thanked the school board and school district for replacing the turf field at Gresham High School.
Action Items
APPROVED, accepting the donation to Gordon Russell Middle School from Intel and Best Buy in the amount of $25,000
Each year a contest sponsored by Intel is held among all of the Best Buy stores in the nation. The Gresham Station Best Buy was named the winner this year and identified Gordon Russell Middle School to receive this generous donation. The school will use the grant funding to purchase technology for student use and to purchase a display system that will improve communication to students and families.
APPROVED, ratifying the resolution recognizing November 16-20, 2015, as American Education Week in the Gresham-Barlow School District
American Education Week has been recognized across the country since 1921, when the American Legion and National Education Association first sponsored the event. The week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.
REVIEWED, the 2014-15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2014-15
The district’s auditors, Pauly, Rogers & Co., P.C., have completed the audit of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2014-15. The audit was conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS), and the general purpose financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2015, adhered to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The CAFR will be presented for second reading and acceptance at the December 3, 2015 board meeting.
REVIEWED, the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) election information as presented for first reading
For the Multnomah County region, there are three board of directors positions open and three legislative policy committee positions open. OSBA-member school boards are asked to vote on the candidates who have filed for those positions. Action on this will be requested in December.
FAILED, motion to approve the Superintendent Evaluation Process Calendar and authorize the retention of a human resources consultant to design and administer the process under the Committee’s direction for a not-to-exceed fee of $15,000, including expenses
This topic will be discussed at a future school board work session.
Gresham Arthur Academy Public Charter School Annual Evaluation Report
Gresham Arthur Academy Principal Amber Sparks presented the school’s annual evaluation report. The school was evaluated in 36 categories. Charter schools are required to submit a report to their sponsoring school district and the state board of education each year on the performance of the school in the preceding fiscal/school year.
Bond Measure Planning Committee Update
Karen Montovino from the DLR Group provided an update to the board regarding the efforts of the Bond Measure Planning Committee. The committee is made up of students, parents, community members, and staff members. The committee has been meeting since June and is working to create a recommendation for the school board regarding the timing and scope of a possible school bond measure. The committee is expected to wrap up its work in January 2016. More information about the committee and its work can be found on the district website at
Upcoming school board meetings
December 3
Regular 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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