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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 March 5, 2015

Board Members Present: Chair Matt OíConnell, Kris Howatt, Carla Piluso, Kathy Ruthruff, Dan Chriestenson, Sharon Garner, and Kent Zook


Presentations/Recognitions
There were no presentations or recognitions.

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

Superintendentís Report
Superintendent Schlachter announced that the school district is making some administrative changes for 2015-16. Julie T. Evans has been selected to be the school districtís executive director of elementary education. She replaces Linda Okazaki who is retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Sara Hahn will become the districtís executive director of assessment and accountability. She replaces Tim Drilling who will retire at the end of June. More information about Ms. Evans and Dr. Hahn can be found on the district website at: http://tinyurl.com/pcssh35

Superintendent Schlachter read to the school board a letter he is sending to the lawmakers representing the school district. In it he shares that the $7.2 billion in state funding for K-12 education currently being proposed would mean budget cuts for next school year. A $7.2 billion K-12 budget represents a decrease of $47 per student in 2015-16 and a shortfall of approximately $5 million (the equivalent of 45 teaching positions). Superintendent Schlachter stated that to balance the budget the district would need to cut school days, or lay off a significant number of staff, or a combination of both. He urged lawmakers to approve a K-12 budget of between $7.5 billion and $7.8 billion.

Superintendent Schlachter shared that West Gresham Elementary School will hold a ďCelebration of LifeĒ for the late Stacia Fogle. Stacia died on February 4, 2015. She was in her 20th year of teaching and this year taught second grade. The memorial will take place Friday, March 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Gresham Elementary School. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Action Items
REVIEWED, school year calendars for 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18
Annually the board adopts a three-year school calendar. The proposed calendar was presented as a first reading only; adoption will be recommended at a subsequent meeting.

APPROVED, the 2014-15 board meeting schedule as amended
The board approved changes to the 2014-15 Board and Budget Committing Meeting Schedule as revised.

Approved Changes:
Budget 101 Meeting
From 4/23/15 to 4/16/15

Board Business Meeting
From 6/11/15 to 6/4/15

Board Planning Retreat
From 8/13/15 to 8/20/15

Board Planning Session
From 8/14/15 to 8/21/15

APPROVED, convening a Bond Planning Committee to serve as an advisory committee to the board, and authorize the superintendent to appoint its members
The purpose of the committee will be to review the existing Long-Range Facility Plan as well as any additional items for consideration. After reviewing the information the committee will provide a recommendation to the board regarding the timing and scope of a bond, if any.

APPROVED, the recommendation to postpone the selection and adoption of English Language Proficiency (ELP) materials
The district is delaying this adoption because elementary literacy materials are currently under review for purchase and the district wants to assure alignment between ELP materials and the new elementary literacy materials.

APPROVED, the Journeys Common Core by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as the districtís elementary literacy adoption to be implemented in K-5 classrooms beginning in the fall of 2015
A committee of 29 teachers representing each grade and school reviewed K-5 ELA curricula from the stateís approved list. The committee identified Journeys Common Core for adoption.

Information Items
None

Upcoming meetings
March 19
Budget Committee Workshop 101
7 pm
Center for Advanced Learning

April 2
Regular Board Meeting
7 pm
Public Safety and Schools Building

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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