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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 September 1, 2016
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Kris Howatt, Matt O’Connell, and Kent Zook.
Sam Barlow High School Theatre Department Champions
Twenty-four students from the SBHS Theatre Department won first place in the Chapter Select One-Act Competition at the State Thespian Festival for their performance of “Bang, Bang You’re Dead.”
Sixteen students from Barlow won first Place in the nation for their performance at the NEIS Individual Events Competition with their group musical, “Stronger,” from the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland. You can watch a video of their performance here:
Sam Barlow High School student Laura Rizzo received superior scores from her judges and a medal for her solo musical, “I Can’t Do It Alone” from the musical Chicago.

*^Alec Anderson                            ^Savanna Newman
^ Emma Beckers                            *^Lexi Payne
*^Tristan Craft                                *Julianne Rathbone
*^Bailee Curtis                               +^Laura Rizzo
^ Sage Dupuis                                ^Destany Romero
*^Zackary Enyart                            *^Josh Smith
*Sophia Estrada                             ^Samuel Smith
^Rachel Fetters                              *^Emma Stewart
*Daisy Green                                  *^Heidi Thies
*Jack Grundmeyer                          *^Sarah Vongdeuane
^Samuel Guadarrama                    ^Kaylee Weitz
*Annie Guerrero                             *^Garrett West
^Bran Hval                                       ^Tanner White
^Ben Kalinkin                                  *Cieara Yates

*  NEIS Individual Events Showcase - 1st Place - Group Musical
+ NEIS Individual Events Showcase - Superior - Solo Musical
^  National Chapter Select One-Act Showcase
Gresham-Barlow School District wins award from the National School
Public Relations Association (NSPRA)
The school board recognized Communications and Community Engagement Director Athena Vadnais. This summer the Gresham-Barlow School District received an “Award of Merit” from NSPRA in its 2016 Publications and Electronic Media Contest. The award was given for the school district’s Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the district newsletter “Gresham-Barlow Schools Today.” NSPRA annually recognizes outstanding education publications at the national level. Since 2013, the school district has earned four national awards from NSPRA.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that several events have taken place as the district prepares for the opening of school. During August the new teacher academy and orientation was held and the district’s All-Staff Convocation took place August 31. During August, Superintendent Schlachter met with Gresham’s mayor and city council. The superintendent reviewed the partnerships the district has with the city in variety of areas.
Discussion also occurred regarding possibilities for future partnerships.
Action Items
APPROVED, accepting the $19,500 donation from the Gray Family Foundation to support costs associated with Outdoor School attendance for Gresham-Barlow sixth grade students.
Gresham-Barlow School District has been awarded a grant in the amount of $19,500 from the Gray Family Foundation. The Gray Family Foundation believes providing access to outdoor education for Oregon students is a long-term investment in cultivating a sense of civic responsibility among Oregonians.
K-3 Technology Integration Project
The Gresham-Barlow School District was awarded a four-year, $1.37 million grant from the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) in April. At the board meeting, the school board received an update on what has transpired since then, to include the purchasing and installation of technology bundles for the two schools participating in the grant: Kelly Creek Elementary and North Gresham Elementary. Angie Kautz and Elizabeth Rossmiller made the report.
School District Collaboration Grant
Grant managers Mark Kim and Regina Norris shared with the school board the focus of their work as they begin leading this project. In July the school district was awarded a collaboration grant from the Oregon Department of Education for the 2016-17 school year for $1,025,000.
Information Items
Bond Proposal Recommendation, Resolution, Notice of Bond Election and Explanatory Statement
The school board reviewed some minor edits made to the adopted documents. As advised by bond counsel, no board action is required because the edits are not substantial. The Gresham-Barlow School District School Bond will be on the November 2016 Ballot. Information about the school bond can be found at: and on district and school websites.
Future Agenda Topics
A preliminary list of topics for 2016-17 board work sessions was introduced.  The board will discuss the inclusion of additional topics at its next work session on September 8, 2016. 
Upcoming meetings
September 8
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
September 22
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
October 6
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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