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The Board Report

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 April 4, 2014
 
Board Members Present:  Chair Matt O’Connell, Dale Clark, Dan Chriestenson, Carla Piluso, Kent Zook, and Kathy Ruthruff
 
Presentations/Recognitions
PBIS Coordinator Danielle Triplett named 2013-14 Northwest PBIS Network Champion
At its annual conference, the Northwest PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Network recognized Gresham-Barlow School District PBIS Coordinator Danielle Triplett for her work.
 
Dr. Anne Todd, board chair for the Northwest PBIS Network, presented Danielle’s recognition at their recent conference. She wrote:  “Within a few short years, Danielle helped Gresham-Barlow move from basic Tier I supports to implementing Tiers II and III supports, and Bully Prevention within PBIS. The Benchmarks of Quality assessment scores for all 19 schools in 2012-2013 showed continued growth and sustainability over nine years of implementation.” Danielle has volunteered her time as the organizer and facilitator of the Oregon PBIS Network meetings for the past two years.
 
Gresham High School student Colby Winnett State Wrestling Champion
The School Board recognized Gresham High School junior Colby Winnett for winning the
160-pound 6A State Wrestling Championship. Winnett won the title with a 3-2 decision in the final over Roseburg’s senior, Ian Thomas (36-7), the number one seed in the final.
Gresham High School’s wrestling coach is Zach Enoch.
 
Sam Barlow High School student Kevin Kim wins National Merit Scholarship
The School Board honored Sam Barlow High School senior Kevin Kim for being one of 8,000 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 16,000 semifinalists. Kevin and the other semifinalists scored in the top 1% of the nation on the PSAT.  
 
Kevin’s interests and talents include tennis team captain, concert master first chair clarinet, and Band Council representative; he speaks fluent Korean and basic conversational Spanish; and, he has advanced computer skills, can draft drawings in AutoCAD, and is capable of programming basic computer programs in C++ language. Kevin plans to major in biomedical engineering or possibly dentistry. He has not yet made a college commitment.
 
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.
 
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that several of the items on the school board meeting agenda share a common   thread—the investment of public funds and the desirable use of these resources. During the meeting, the board was asked to make decisions on:
 
-Whether to make up instructional days lost due to inclement weather
-To approve a proposed calendar for 2014-15 that provides for a full school year
-An application for a School Improvement Grant for East Gresham Elementary School that would provide significant resources to improve student learning
-A resolution honoring the thousands of volunteers who invest their time and resources in our schools and students
 
Action Items
REVIEWED, creating an advisory group to the superintendent for the purposes of establishing a system-wide organizational commitment to identify and address inequities and barriers in our system to that every student has equitable access and opportunities for educational success in our school
This school year a work group administered a district audit on practices, processes and systems related to equity. The result of that work is a proposed purpose statement and proposed series of objectives.
 
APPROVED, Declaring April 7-11, 2014 as Volunteer Appreciation Week
Celebrations honoring volunteers will occur in schools throughout the week of April 7 along with an event at the district level.
 
APPROVED, adopting the amended 2013-14 school year calendar which identifies June 12 and 13 as inclement weather make up days and moves the last day of school for elementary, middle, and high school students from June 11, 2014, to June 13, 2014. The amendment does not affect eighth grade students, seniors, and Deep Creek Elementary School students
In February schools were closed two days due to inclement weather. The 2013-14 school year calendar included five days (June 16-20) at the end of the school year that could be used for make up days.  The last school day for elementary, middle, and high school students is now moved up to June 13. Eighth grade students, seniors, and Deep Creek Elementary School students will follow their previously established end-of-year schedules and calendars.
 
APPROVED, district’s submission of a School Improvement Grant (SIG) Cohort III grant application for East Gresham Elementary School
Early in 2014, the US Department of Education announced a third round of School Improvement Grant (SIG Cohort III) opportunities.
 
School Improvement Grants are awarded to local school districts as competitive grants. Priority and focus schools in Oregon meet the federal eligibility requirements for these grants. The minimum allowable grant for this program is $50,000 per year for three years, and the maximum is $500,000 per year for three years.
 
For SIG Cohort III, Oregon’s Priority Schools and Focus Schools meet the federal eligibility requirements. As with previous SIG cohorts, districts that receive a grant must agree to implement one of four intervention models for each of the schools receiving funding. The District has selected the turnaround intervention model.
 
A team of 20, comprised of district and school staff, and parents, are in the process of completing the grant application for East Gresham Elementary School. The state projects the grants will be awarded no later than May 9, 2014.
 
Deferred to a subsequent meeting—adopting the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 school year calendars as presented for second reading
Annually, the board adopts a three-year school calendar. The primary purpose of the three-year adoption of a calendar is to support long-range planning goals for the district and provide calendar information to our community and families that will hopefully assist their planning needs.
 
Information Items
El Programa Hispano
Representatives from El Programa Hispano were not available to present at the April 3 school board meeting.
 
Civil Rights Career and Technical Education (CTE) Audit
Deputy Superintendent James Hiu updated the school board on an onsite review by the Office of Learning at the Oregon Department of Education. The Office of Learning is responsible for monitoring school districts that receive Carl D. Perkins funds in order to insure compliance with U.S. Office for Civil Rights regulations.
 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) civil rights monitoring for the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Learning, has two purposes: compliance and technical assistance.
 
Participants in the audit included five ODE representatives, district administration, facilities management, special education director and program directors, Gresham High and Sam Barlow High School administrators, CTE teachers, and head custodians. Students were also interviewed. The ODE will provide a report of their findings to the school district within 30 days.
 
Upcoming meetings
April 17
Board Work Session
7 pm
Center for Advanced Learning
Room 220 (Forum Room)
 
April 24
Budget Committee Meeting
7 pm
Center for Advanced Learning
Partnership Room
 
May 1
Regular Board Meeting
7 pm
Public Safety and Schools Building
Council Chambers

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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