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.
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Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action
Meeting of February 2, 2017
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Vice-Chair Kris Howatt, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Matt O’Connell, Kathy Ruthruff, and Kent Zook.
Sam Barlow High School educator named 2017 Speech Educator of the Year
The school board recognized Sam Barlow High School teacher/advisor/speech-debate coach Rachel Wilczewski. Ms. Wilczewski was recently selected as the 2017 Speech Education of the Year by the Oregon School speech League – Coaches Association. Rachel has a long and successful history of coaching students to excel at speech and debate competitions.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.
Superintendent Schlachter shared that he will be sending out a letter to staff, parents, and the community on the importance of safe, welcoming school environments. He stated the letter was in response to concerns raised by students and staff based on social issues of the day.
Superintendent Schlachter presented information on how the various proposed state budget scenarios would affect our schools. Governor’s Brown proposal of $8.02 billion for K-12 education would require that the school district make budget reductions. This would result in staff reductions, higher class sizes, and program reductions/eliminations.
If an $8.4 billion schools budget were to be approved by the legislature, the district would be able to maintain its current level of service. The legislative session started February 1, 2017.
The school district held an information session on January 31 for prospective school board candidates. Superintendent Schlachter shared that the event was well attended and attendees had thoughtful questions. Board members Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, and Kathy Ruthruff participated in the event.
APPROVED, accepting the donation of a $25,000 Technology Package to the STEAM program at Clear Creek Middle School from Samsung
Tom Erickson, STEAM teacher at the school, was the state winner in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest. He will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package. Mr. Erickson’s students will use the funds to design and build adult manipulatives for Alzheimer’s patients at the Lambert House, an adult care facility in Gresham.
APPROVED, adopting the amended 2016-17 school year calendar which identifies June 20 to 26 as inclement weather make-up days, and moves the last day for 12th grade students to Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the last day for 8th grade students to Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and the last day for K-7th grade students to Thursday, June 22, 2017, and the last day for 9th – 11th grade students to Friday, June 23, 2017
Updated calendars are posted on the district website: www.gresham.k12.or.us
APPROVED, having the administration request from the state superintendent of public instruction permission to include in the district’s calculation of instructional time required by OAR 581-022-1620 14 hours for emergency school closures due to adverse weather conditions
APPROVED, the selection of Ray and Associates, Inc. to serve as the board’s superintendent search consultant, and authorize the superintendent search committee to negotiate the terms of contract with the consultant for an amount not to exceed $ 19,500.00 in fees and reimbursable expenses of approximately $5000.00
APPROVED, accepting the Gresham-Barlow School District Open Enrollment 2017-18 School and Grade Slots, as presented
Through this process, students do not need consent from resident districts to transfer to non-resident districts. Instead, non-resident districts can accept students through an “open enrollment” application process.
Pursuant to the state statutes, the open enrollment period for 2017-18 will be available to non-resident families from March 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, only. Applications received after March 31 will not be considered in the open enrollment process.
The district administration has identified the number of slots available in the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 2017-18 school year by school and grade level. The selection of open enrollment slots was determined through the application of a number of considerations that include:
- ensure that students have enough time to succeed in earning high school credits toward graduation
- give priority to students who are currently attending the Gresham-Barlow School District on an Inter-District Transfer
- align with the long-term facility capacity projections of the district’s 18 schools.
The proposed open enrollment application process for the Gresham-Barlow School District is for one year only (2017-18).
Open Enrollment (HB 3681)
2017-18 Grade and School Slots Offered
|School||Grade||Number of Slots|
|Deep-Creek Damascus K-8||K
|Total K-8 Slots||26|
|School||Grade||Number of Slots|
|Gresham High School||9
|Sam Barlow High School||9
|Total High Schools||80|
Priority will be given to students currently attending a Gresham-Barlow school on an inter-district transfer in the 2016-17 school year.
If the number of students seeking consent exceeds the number of students the Board has determined will be given consent, approval will be based on an equitable lottery selection process.
APPROVED, the Multnomah Education Service District Local Service Plan 2017-18, Programs and Services Proposal, as presented
The proposal was developed by several advisory committees and has been reviewed by local district superintendents. Acceptance of the proposal does not commit the school district to participate in all of the programs included in the plan.
APPROVED, appointing the following board representation for commencements:
Adult Program: Matt O’Connell and Carla Piluso
Gresham High School: Kris Howatt and John Hartsock
Sam Barlow High School: Carla Piluso and Kathy Ruthruff
Springwater Trail High School: Kent Zook and Sharon Garner
Gresham Arthur Academy Public Charter School Annual Evaluation and Report
Representatives from the Arthur Academy presented the school’s annual report. State law requires charter schools to submit a report to the district and the State Board of Education each year. The report includes information on the performance of the school and its students in the preceding fiscal/school year. Portland State University conducted an independent review of the school and this information was included in the annual evaluation and report.
Lewis and Clark Montessori Public Charter School Annual Report to the Board
Representatives from the Lewis & Clark Montessori Public Charter School presented its annual report. The school completed its ninth year of operation in June of 2016. Charter schools are required to report to the district and the State Board of Education each year on the performance of the school. The report included the school’s goals and assessments related to student performance. An independent review of the Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School was conducted by Portland State University, and was included as part of the evaluation of
Transportation Services Update
Representatives from First Student were unable to attend the board meeting. The report will be provided at a future meeting.
There were no information items.
Board Work Session
Center for Advanced Learning
Board Mid-Year Planning Session
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Board Work Session
Public Safety and Schools Building
Regular Board Meeting
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.