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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.
To view back issues
click here.

Meeting of December 4, 2014
 
Board Members Present: Chair Matt O’Connell, Kris Howatt, Dan Chriestenson, Sharon Garner, Carla Piluso, Kathy Ruthruff, and Kent Zook
 
Presentations/Recognitions
Sara Dempsey and Gresham High School Drama Program named best in the Northwest
The board recognized Sara Dempsey, the theatre arts teacher at Gresham High School and the school’s drama program for being named one of the top high school drama programs in the nation and “best in the northwest” by Stage Directions Magazine.
 
Gresham High School has maintained an extremely strong presence for over two decades at regional and state drama competitions, scoring best group musical for the past three years.  Ms. Dempsey is committed to inspiring new students to participate in the program on a constant basis.
 
Michael Lindblad named Oregon Teacher of the Year
The board honored Gresham High School teacher Michael Lindblad for being named Oregon’s Teacher of the Year. 
 
Mr. Lindblad has taught for 18 years and consistently demonstrated his commitment to students and to being a leader in his profession. He developed Gresham High School’s International Baccalaureate history program, and then advocated for intensive outreach to recruit a more diverse student population in the program.  He designed a special history class for English language learners that paired high expectations with an appreciation for their language and culture.  Mr. Lindblad has also mentored more than 20 student teachers.
 
As Teacher of the Year, Lindblad will represent all Oregon teachers when he attends a recognition ceremony in Washington DC where he will meet President Obama and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.

Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter reported that the governor released his proposed 2015-17 budget earlier this week. While it has been described as “supporting education,” a closer look through the lens of K-12 education reveals quite the opposite.
The governor has identified areas of support needed to move the state toward its 40-40-20 plan, and does include funding for all-day kindergarten, but funding for grades 1-12 would essentially be flat.
 
The governor’s budget would leave the Gresham-Barlow School District short of dollars needed to maintain current services by $5 to $6 million.
 
The next step in the state budget process is the release of the Co-Chairs’ budget in mid-January.
 
In the previous biennium, the eventual K-12 budget was increased by over $700 million above the governor’s initial proposal. Those closest to the processes and practices in Salem are quite confident that we will see a very different outcome from the legislature when they convene in 2015.
 
The Confederation of School Administrators has calculated the funding needed:

  • $7.3 billion to maintain our current levels of service.
  • $7.5 billion to pay for current levels of service and all-day kindergarten.
  • $7.8 billion pay for current service levels, all-day kindergarten, and provide the funding needed to make a difference in reducing class sizes and adding back lost programs.

 
Superintendent Schlachter will be communicating with lawmakers as they determine how much money K-12 education will receive. He encouraged everyone to contact their state representatives to discuss the needs of K-12 education and the schools in our district.
 
After the school board approved the 2014-17 collective bargaining agreement with the Gresham-Barlow Education Association, Superintendent Schlachter expressed his thanks to all involved in the negotiations process. He shared that an agreement was reached because of the excellent work, commitment of significant time, and willingness of the association’s and the district’s negotiations teams to persevere.
 
He thanked both teams for their work on behalf of the students, staff, and community. 

Action Items
APPROVED, Appointing Michael Buck to Budget Committee Position 1, Michael Deveney to Budget Committee Position 3, and Tonja Hodgkinson to Budget Committee Position 4. Buck, Deveney, and Hodgkinson will serve a three-year term expiring June 30, 2017.
 
APPROVED, accepting the 2013-14 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as presented for
second reading

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2013-2014 was presented for first reading at the November 6, 2014, board meeting by Matthew Graves from Pauly, Rogers, and Co., P.C.
 
APPROVED, updates to the Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan as presented for second reading
Changes to the document included changing the minimum age of participation to 19 years old and changing to a maximum medical reimbursement amount to $2,500 per year.
 
APPROVED, OSBA Resolution No. 1 which adopts the proposed 2015 OSBA Legislative Policies
and Priorities

 
APPROVED, OSBA Resolution No. 2 which amends the OSBA Constitution – technical corrections to modify the process for the adoption of OSBA’s Legislative Policies
 
APPROVED, proposed OSBA Resolution No. 3 which amends the OSBA Constitution to allow appointment of OSBA Board and Legislative Policy Committee Member from a contiguous region if certain conditions
are met

 
APPROVED, electing Bobbie Regan to the OSBA Board of Directors, Position 17
 
APPROVED, electing Doug Montgomery to the OSBA Board of Directors, Position 19
 
Information Items
Annual Report of the Metro East Web Academy Charter School
Representatives of the Metro East Web Academy (MEWA) Charter School presented their annual report to the board. MEWA completed its fifth year of operation in June 2014. An independent review of MEWA was conducted by Portland State University and results of the review were included in the report.
 
Preparation for Negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Oregon School Employees Association
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Gresham-Barlow School District and the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) – Chapter 8 will expire on June 30, 2015. As required in the CBA, prior to January 1, 2015, the District and/or the OSEA, need to inform the other party of their desire to modify the agreement.
 
At a meeting in November of 2014, District and OSEA leaders discussed the Association’s desire to modify the current agreement and the OSEA will notify the District in writing. The identification of the negotiation process and dates is in process. The District believes completing bargaining prior to the expiration of the current contract is beneficial for students, staff, and the community.
 
The District is committed to its Labor Negotiations Guiding Principles during negotiations with the OSEA.
 
Upcoming meetings
 
December 11
Board Work Session
Partnership Room
Center for Advanced Learning
6 p.m.
 
January 8
Regular Board Meeting
Council Chambers
Public Safety and Schools Building
7 p.m.
 

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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