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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 June 4, 2015
Board Members Present:  Chair Matt O'Connell, Kris Howatt, Carla Piluso, Kathy Ruthruff, Sharon Garner and Kent Zook
Stadium Visioning: Sam Barlow and Gresham High School
Chief Financial Officer Mike Schofield and Facilities Director Terry Taylor shared the outcome of the stadium visioning processes that took place at Sam Barlow High School and Gresham High School. The primary goal of the project was to engage community and staff from both high schools to create a vision comparable to OSAA 6A high schools. The information will also be shared with the Bond Measure Planning Committee as a resource.
School board honors Sam Barlow High School state track and field champions
The school board honored the Sam Barlow High School Girls Track and Field squad. The squad won the Team State Title, the first time since 1983. This amazing accomplishment was capped by a historic 4x100 relay and a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-meter dash. It was the first time in the history of the State Track and Field Meet that a single team captured the top three spots in a single event.
SBHS Girls
Senior Danelle Woodcock
1st in the 200 with a lifetime best and school record time of 25.08
1st in the 100
1st in the 4x100 relay and a school record time of 46.72 (2nd fastest time ever in
the state of Oregon)
6A Girls Athlete of the Meet (high point scorer) for the 3rd straight year
Junior Macie Allen
1st in the 4x100 relay
Sophomore Sara Turner
1st in the 4x100 relay
Sophomore Renick Meyer
1st in the 4x100 relay
Senior Saraia Collmer
Freshman Madison Serafini
Senior Kobi Ham
1st in the Boys Shot Put
School board honors Gresham High School state track and field champion
The board recognized Gresham High School senior Caleb Dalzell who won first place in the Boys Discus, with a throw of 155-10. Caleb is a four-year, three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and track) and is Gresham High School’s Athlete of the Year. He plans to attend George Fox University this fall.
School board recognizes Gresham High School’s award winning thespians
The State Acting Competition took place in April. Over 1,300 students from 60 high schools participated. Congratulations to the following state winners:
Duo Acting
Claire Corbett
Sara Eakman
Group Acting
Taylor Sund, Sean Farley, Laurel Strobel, Hunter Anderson
Small Group Musical
Laurel Strobel, Riley Olsen, Irene Jaime, Kelley Bastin, Vashti Wix, Bailee Sveen, Rhianna Rees
Congratulations to advisor Sara Dempsey who was the recipient of the Rex Rabold Memorial Award. This honor is awarded to an outstanding organization or individual for unselfish donation of time that has furthered the activities of secondary school theatre in Oregon.
School board recognizes Sam Barlow High School’s award winning thespian
The State Acting Competition took place in April. Over 1,300 students from 60 high schools participated. Congratulations to the following state winner from Sam Barlow High School:
Solo Acting-Monologues
Ellie Leach
School board honors Sam Barlow High School student champion for winning musical instrument competition
The school board honored Sam Barlow High School senior Brady Jacobson, who placed first in the low saxophone category at the OSAA State Solo Contest.
School board recognizes Sam Barlow High School state speech winner
The school board recognized Sam Barlow High School senior Meghan Espinoza. Meghan took 1st place in Dramatic Interpretation at the State Speech Tournament. There were 23 students competing in Meghan’s category.
School board honors champion Special “Olympic” Team from Sam Barlow High School
The school board honored students from Sam Barlow High School who were named grand champions at the Gary Walls: Meet of Champions! This “Olympic” style track and field event has been held in the Centennial School District for more than 30 years to honor the abilities of special education students. The Sam Barlow High School team was supported and cheered on by peer buddies and students from AVID. Coach Terry Summerfield helps lay down the foundation for this competition and fun in his Adaptive PE class.
Team Members

Andres Aguire-Maya Meghan Jianni
Nicole Bressell Dominique Johnson
Marshall Culwell Luke Kelly
Justus Curry Deisy Martinez
Derek Dewey Daniel Monroe
Ruvim Dovgam Stephen Rice
Kiah Enriquez Diego Rojas-Garcia
Jeffrey Fedr Cailey Sasaki
Adam Fisher Claire Sonnichsen
Ty George Daniel St. Clair
Andrew Gordon Jodie Thurman
MiKayla Heston Luke Townsend
Sierra Hines Alysia Valentine
Kendra Hooser Kelsey VanHecke
Allen Huston Jacob Wilson
Dan Chriestenson’s service as a school board member

The board honored Dan Chriestenson for his six years of service on the Gresham-Barlow School Board. Director Chriestenson’s term will expire on June 30, 2015. He decided he would not submit his name for re-election, but would instead “retire” from the board at the end of the school year. Director Chriestenson was presented with a commemorative plaque in honor of his years of service to the district’s students, schools, and community.
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
Matthew Lee of Boring, Oregon, is the school board chair for the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School (LCMCS). Mr. Lee provided an update on the financial status of the school.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that state funding for K-12 education for the 15-17 biennium is getting closer to what’s required to avoid budget cuts. The Superintendent said that the district needs a statewide funding level of $7.5 billion to maintain its current program and fund some additions such as English Language Arts curriculum for middle and high schools and a mentor program for new teachers.
He reiterated his concern regarding HB 2544. This bill would render expedited bargaining useless. Mr. Schlachter is hopeful the bill will be defeated or amended in a manner that negates the provision for binding arbitration.
Superintendent Schlachter shared that planning for the next school bond is underway. The week of June 1 a Bond Measure Planning Committee met at East Gresham Elementary School to begin their work. The committee is made up of students, staff, parents, and community leaders.
Superintendent Schlachter expressed his appreciation to Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability Tim Drilling and Executive Director of Elementary Education Linda Okazaki. Mr. Drilling is retiring after a long career in education. Ms. Okazaki came out of retirement to serve as elementary education director for one year.
Superintendent Schlachter also thanked School Board Member Dan Chriestenson for his service on the school board. After serving on the board for six years, Mr. Chriestenson decided to not run for re-election.
Action Items
APPROVED, The Center for Advanced Learning’s (CAL) renewal request
CAL had requested a renewal of the current charter agreement, which expires June 30, 2015.
APPROVED, the list of alternative programs for 2015-16
This spring, a multi-district team evaluated the alternative programs in Multnomah County to determine whether they should be included as an alternative program for district approval. The evaluation process covers requirements set forth by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Any alternative program under consideration must already have met ODE approval criteria.
APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1516-01 to adopt the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year in the total amount of $147,245,594 now on file at the district’s administrative business office.
APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1516-02 to appropriate funds in the amount and purposes as outlined in the resolution for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015.
APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1516-03 to impose taxes provided for the adopted budget at the Permanent Rate of $4.5268 per $1,000 of assessed value for General Fund operations. And, move to impose taxes in the amount of $6,196,872 for bonded debt; making these taxes hereby imposed and categorized for the tax year 2015-16 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the district.
APPROVED, declaring Positions 6 and 7 on the Gresham-Barlow School District Budget Committee as vacant, and approving the appointment process as outlined
Information on the Budget Committee vacancies will be posted on the district website.
APPROVED, appointing Justin Weatherford to the Audit Involvement Team for the term consistent with his service on the budget committee
In December 2008, the board approved the process to increase board member involvement/oversight of the audit process. The process provides the essential two-way communication between the board’s independent auditor and board/budget committee members. The process includes several meetings each year between the auditor, the Audit Involvement Committee, and management.
APPROVED, the 2015-16 student fee adjustments as presented with the notation that the elementary school suggested fee is not a donation
2015-16 Student Fee Adjustments
  Fee Reduced Free
*HS Graduation Fee (was $25) $30 $30 $30
IB Art & Design $50 $25 $0
Musical Instrument Rental $60 $30 $15
Class fees being eliminated      
Bridging Technology           - $10      
Technology Exploring         - $10      
Web Design                        - $10      
21st Century Women           - $10      
Woods (all classes- was $20) $25 $12.50 $0
3D Draw, Eng Draw 1 & 2 and Media Computer Apps (1) $5 $2.50 $0
Child Development 1, 2, 3 (2) (was $0) $5 $2.50 $0
Family Living (2) (was $0) $5 $2.50 $0
* waiver does not apply      
(1) materials related to 3D printer      
(2) consumable materials used for student projects    
2015-16 Tuition for Non-District Students: Grades K-12 is $8,946
Elementary Schools
Instead of purchasing items from school supply lists, every elementary school student will be asked to pay a $25 school supply fee.
REVIEWED, the proposed 2015-16 board meeting schedule for first reading
Adoption will be requested at the July meeting.
APPROVED, summary of the superintendent’s evaluation as presented
At least annually, the board evaluates the superintendent in relation to a set of five standards of performance for which the superintendent is responsible.
The Gresham-Barlow School Board commended the leadership of Superintendent Schlachter during his fifth year as superintendent of schools. The school board praised Schlachter for his work to update the district’s strategic plan and involve staff and the community in the planning process. The board commended Mr. Schlachter for the comprehensive visits he routinely makes to schools to observe educators in the classroom and working together in data teams.
The board’s annual evaluation focused on five areas.
Superintendent Evaluation Categories:
  • Accomplished Educators — Leadership, Culture, Human Resources Systems,
and Practices
  • Resource Management and Long-Range Planning — Policy, Governance, and Organizational Management
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships — Communication, Community Relations, and Partnerships
  • Teaching and Learning — Educational Systems and Practices
  • District Goals

Information Items
Gresham High School Turf and Track Update
The administration provided an update to the school board on the schedule, budget, and fundraising for the Gresham High Turf and Track Project. District and school leaders (Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School) are fundraising to help pay for replacement turf for both Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School as well as stadium enhancements. The GHS turf field reached the end of is useful life at the end of the 2014-15 school year and is being replaced for safety reasons. The SBHS turf field will need to be replaced in 2020. More information about the fundraising effort will be shared with staff and the community throughout the summer months.
District Continuous Improvement Plan Update
Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability Tim Drilling provided the board a summary of the process used to create the school district’s Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). All districts in Oregon are required to submit a CIP every three years to the Oregon Department of Education.
Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School Update
Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability Tim Drilling and Chief Financial Officer Mike Schofield reported that the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School has met the first of two expectations imposed by the board at the May 7 board meeting—to clear its overdue liabilities. The second expectation requires the charter school representatives to meet monthly with district administration to review financial reports, and to maintain a positive financial position.
Upcoming meetings
July 9
Regular Board Meeting
7 p.m.
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.


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