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 January 8, 2015
Board Members Present: Chair Matt O’Connell, Kris Howatt, Carla Piluso, Kathy Ruthruff, and Sharon Garner.
Gresham-Barlow School District receives Champions of Sustainability Award
McKinstry Construction Corporation, in partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Founders FC recently named the Gresham-Barlow School District as a “Champion of Sustainability.”
McKinstry selected GBSD for this honor due to the district’s decision to invest in the long-term efficiency of our school buildings thus reducing energy use and lowering carbon emissions. GBSD was recognized for receiving this award.
McKinstry recognized GBSD as a sustainability champion at the December 27 Seattle Seahawks game against the St. Louis Rams. The district’s efforts were featured during an awards presentation, in a gameday program ad, on stadium reader boards, and in radio spots broadcast during the game.
At the school board meeting, the board honored Facilities Director Terry Taylor for his leadership.
Stewart and Snodgrass renew National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
The board honored Highland Elementary School teacher Heather Stewart and Hollydale Elementary School teacher Karie Snodgrass for renewing their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (NBPTS).
The renewal process requires teachers to show how they have continued their professional involvement and commitment to accomplished teaching. To renew their certificate, teachers must submit a portfolio with four entries and two videos to provide sufficient evidence that their practices meet national teaching standards and that their professional growth has focused on increased student learning.
In total, the school district currently employs 29 teachers who are nationally certified.
Oasis coordinator recognized by Chamber as Volunteer of the Year
The school board recognized retired elementary school teacher Marilyn Shephard. For the last five years Ms. Shephard has served as volunteer coordinator of the district’s Oasis Volunteer Program. Marilyn is responsible for recruiting, training, and placing volunteers in schools. Although this is a volunteer position, she committed approximately 145 hours in 2014.
Volunteers in the Oasis Program provide one-on-one attention to children who need additional help learning to read. Volunteers are matched with a student and they meet once a week for an hour to read books together, write stories, and share experiences.
The leadership Marilyn has exhibited over the last five years has helped the Oasis program in the district to more than double, increasing from 14 to 38 volunteers. Marilyn also supports the tutors in the David Douglas School District because they do not have an Oasis Volunteer Program Coordinator.
The school district nominated Ms. Shephard for the Gresham Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award. Marilyn was honored with other volunteers from the community at an awards ceremony on December 4.
January: School Board Recognition Month
Superintendent Schlachter recognized the school board for its commitment to the students of the school district. He expressed his appreciation for all that board members do to lead our schools and ensure the district’s students receive a quality education. He provided school board members with a token of appreciation on behalf of the school district. January is School Board Recognition Month in Oregon.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
Matthew Lee of Boring, Oregon, introduced himself to the school board. Mr. Lee is the new chair of the board for the Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School. He thanked the board for their support of the school.
Superintendent Schlachter shared with the school board six key issues that the Oregon legislature will address during the 2015 session.
-The Governor’s proposed budget for K-12 education and its impact on the Gresham-Barlow School District. Superintendent Schlachter reported that the amount proposed by the governor does not come close to supporting the district’s educational program and would require budget cuts. The superintendent shared state funding of $7.8 Billion for K-12 education is what would be needed to fund the district’s current service levels and pay for full-day kindergarten.
-The use of grants to fund strategic initiatives. Superintendent Schlachter stated that grants can provide the resources needed to identify best practices. He believes that once a best practice is identified through a grant, the state should provide funding for the work to all school districts. He also shared that currently most grants are awarded to districts that choose to invest in grant writers or expend a significant amount of time to grant writing.
-State support for capital needs. State level support for subsidizing local school bonds would go a long way toward helping local school districts gain support from voters to pass a school bond. The state of Washington provides matching funds and the superintendent strongly supports legislation that would move the state toward providing support for local capital construction.
-Funding full-day kindergarten. Superintendent Schlachter stated that full-day kindergarten would positively impact the students we serve. He shared that it was critical that the state fully fund the cost of adding full-day kindergarten, which is $250 million statewide.
-The State School Fund as a distribution formula. The Governor is proposing changes in the formula that would tie the resources that are generated by local taxpayers to strategic initiatives generated in Salem. Many of those initiatives are already underway in districts throughout the state. Superintendent Schlachter believes tying resources to state initiatives would require costly reporting and undermines the budgetary role of the school board.
-Unfunded mandates and new legislation. Almost all new legislation results in changes in policy, new policy and/or funding adjustments that impact schools. Superintendent Schlachter would ask that quick legislative fixes for isolate problems be avoided. His message to state lawmakers is that extensive research is needed before legislation is added to solve a problem.
Superintendent Schlachter encouraged the school board, staff members, parents, and the community to communicate with their state lawmakers about the needs of our schools and how proposed legislation would affect our schools. School Board Vice-Chair Carla Piluso was elected to the state house and will be sworn in on January 12.
Email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses for the state lawmakers that serve the Gresham-Barlow School District can be found on the district website at this link http://tinyurl.com/ojr7rjb or look in the About our District/District Information section.
APPROVED, adopting the resolution to join and support the Promise of Oregon Campaign, as presented
The Oregon School Boards Association launched “The Promise of Oregon” campaign this fall to focus attention on the accomplishments of Oregon’s students and the need to adequately fund public education.
Oregonians have a long history of realizing the importance of strong public schools, and recognizing the link between an educated populace and a vital economy. Yet over the past decade, Oregon’s public schools have experienced a significant decline in their share of the state budget. “The Promise of Oregon” campaign aims to build awareness that unless we turn that trend around, a generation of children will face limits in reaching their potential, and the state will fall short of its ambitious education goals.
You can view the video for the campaign and join with the effort to spread the word by visiting www.promiseoregon.org.
REVIEWED, the Division 22 Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary schools 2014-15 Assurances Form
Annually the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) requires that all Oregon School Districts submit a statement of assurances indicating compliance with ORS Chapter 581, Division 22, Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. The district is in compliance with all Division 22 rules.
APPROVED, accepting the Gresham-Barlow School District open enrollment 2015-2016 school and grade slots, as presented
This is the fourth year of the Open Enrollment process, set forth by House Bill 3681, which was approved by the 2011 Oregon Legislature. This bill provides an additional method of school
choice for Oregon students.
Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, students no longer need consent from resident districts to transfer to non-resident districts. Instead, non-resident districts can accept students through an “open enrollment” application process.
The open enrollment period for 2015-16 will be available to non-resident families from March 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, 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 2015-16 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:
giving priority to students who are currently attending the Gresham-Barlow School District on an Inter-District Transfer,
ensuring that students have enough time to succeed in earning high school credits toward graduation, and
aligning with the long-term facility capacity projections of the district’s 18 schools.
Open Enrollment (HB 3681)
2015-16 Grade and School Slots Offered
Grade 1: 2 Slots
Grade 6: 5 Slots
Grade 7: 5 Slots
Grade 8: 5 Slots
Gresham High School
Grade 9: 20 Slots
Grade 10: 20 Slots
Sam Barlow High School
Grade 9: 20 Slots
Grade 10: 20 Slots
The board approved open enrollment application process for the Gresham-Barlow School District is for one year only (2015-16). The board is asked to review the process on an annual basis and determine if it should be extended and/or modified for the subsequent year.
Administrative regulations for board policy IKF: Graduation Requirements
In November, the board approved revisions to policy IKF. A brief summary of changes to the administrative regulations was presented as an information item.
Board Work Session
Center for Advanced Learning
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.