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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 May 5, 2016

Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Vice Chair Kris Howatt, John Hartsock, Matt OíConnell, Kent Zook, and Kathy Ruthruff.

District Earns ENERGY STAR Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Gresham-Barlow School District a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. The Gresham-Barlow School Districtís accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 13, 2016.

Citizensí Requests of the Board
There were no citizensí requests of the board.

Superintendentís Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that the Gresham Library currently has an art exhibit on display highlighting the work of Gresham High School students. The display includes sculptures and wall art created by International Baccalaureate (IB) art students and students who have taken advanced drawing. The exhibit will be on display through the end of May.

Action Items
REVIEWED, the PACE Trust Agreement
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 Oregon School Boards Associationís 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 thee 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. Approval will be recommended at a subsequent meeting.

APPROVED, a $0.10 increase for elementary, middle, and high school paid lunch prices for the 2016-17 school year effective July 1, 2016
The United States Department of Agriculture requires all local education agencies (LEAs), regardless of current lunch prices, to annually review paid lunch prices to ensure compliance. The USDA provides a tool to determine compliance called the Paid Lunch Equity Tool. This requirement is in effect to ensure USDA funds are not subsidizing paid lunch amounts.
The LEA is considered noncompliant when the average paid lunch price is less than the difference between the free and paid federal reimbursement rates, currently $2.79. If the weighted average paid lunch price is less than that amount, LEAs must take action. The district has three options:

  1. Increase paid lunch prices, or

  2. Contribute non-Federal funds to the food service account, or

  3. Increase the paid lunch by a smaller amount and contribute the remaining amount using non-Federal funds
The school board voted to increase lunch prices for next school year by ten cents.
REVIEWED, the list of alternative education programs for the 2016-17 school year as presented for first reading
The school board reviewed a list of alternative education programs for the 2016-17 school year. The recommended list of programs is based on a thorough evaluation process performed this spring. Approval will be recommended at a subsequent meeting.

APPROVED, the Ready Common Core by Curriculum Associates as the math adoption for sixth through eighth grades, to begin with the 2016-17 school year, in the amount of $453,317
A committee of teachers representing each grade and school spent multiple days evaluating math resources from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) approved list. The committee looked at very specific criteria and used evaluation tools designed to evaluate alignment of materials to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As a result of those efforts, the committee has identified Ready Common Core by Curriculum Associates to be used in the districtís 6-8 grade classrooms. These resources will be used as a blended learning model, incorporating both technology and print materials.

APPROVED, adopting the 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 school year calendars as presented for second reading
The 2016-17 calendar will be published on the district website.

Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission Grant Award
Representatives from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) presented information to the school board about a grant they have awarded to the school district. The focus of the $1.37 million grant is a K-3 Technology Integration Project. The funds will be used to create technology rich, blended learning Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms at North Gresham and Kelly Creek elementary schools. Through these pilot schools, the district will identify effective literacy instruction and develop a clear plan of implementation that can be scaled to our other elementary schools over time.

Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey
Superintendent Jim Schlachter presented an overview of the school districtís results from the Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Survey. The TELL survey was taken this spring by licensed staff members and administrators in our schools. The TELL survey focuses on responses to issues closely aligned with classroom instructions and school operations. Superintendent Schlachter will share information from the TELL survey with staff in the coming weeks. Access to the complete state and local TELL survey results can be found at:

Information Items
Full-Day Kindergarten
Executive Director of Elementary Education Julie Evans presented an overview of the full-day kindergarten implementation which took place this school year. So far, student achievement data is positive; showing the increased instructional time is making a difference. Schools report the following benefits:
  • Additional time for in-depth teaching of subjects
  • Students with special needs receive full services earlier
  • Additional time for teaching and practicing social skills
  • Additional time for students to meet in small groups to focus on more detailed skills development

National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Convention
The National School Boards Association held its 76th annual convention in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 9-11, 2016. Board members Carla Piluso, John Hartsock, and Kathy Ruthruff attended the conference. Superintendent Schlachter also attended. Board members attended sessions on community engagement, addressing bullying in schools, and working with non-English speaking students.

Upcoming school board meetings
May 26
Special Board Meeting
Forum Room (Room 220)
Center for Advanced Learning
7:30 p.m.

June 2
Board Work Session
Partnership Room
Center for Advanced Learning
6 p.m.

June 9
Board Business Meeting
Council Chambers
7 p.m.

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.

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