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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 September 4, 2014

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

Presentations/Recognitions
Community Care Day
The school board honored area churches responsible for coordinating ďCommunity Care Day.Ē During August, more than 500 volunteers joined together to work on several beautification projects at schools which included pulling weeds, raking, spreading bark dust, pruning, and painting. The volunteers donated 2500 hours of work district-wide. Coordinating churches recognized by the school board were:

  • Cornerstone Church
  • East Hill Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • Good Shepherd Community Church
  • Grace Community Church
  • Mountainview Church


Gresham Police Department
The school board honored the Gresham Police Department and the school resource officers serving our schools. The districtís two school resource officers and all available Gresham police officers responded to Reynolds High School last spring when an active shooter was on the campus. Our school resource officers and the entire police force played a critical role in securing the scene in the shortest amount of time, thus saving countless lives.

Gresham-Barlow School District Flight Team
The school board recognized the school districtís Flight Team. The Flight Team is made up of employees trained to provide counseling support in the event of a tragedy. GBSD Flight Team members helped students, parents, and staff at Reynolds High School in the aftermath of the shooting.
Flight Team members who assisted Reynolds High School:
Kate Allen-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tricia Bootzin-Counselor, Gordon Russell Middle School
Darcie Brand-Counselor, Clear Creek Middle School and Hollydale Elementary
Linda Eby-Counselor, Gordon Russell Middle School
Nicole Galberth-Mental Health Therapist, Structured Skills Program
Karen Harshfield-Counselor, North Gresham Elementary
Whitney Roush-Counselor, Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 School
Ann Tripp-Counselor, Clear Creek Middle School
Carl Smith-Special Education Program Director and Flight Team Leader

Vicki Kerbaugh-Mills, Former SCRIP Coordinator
The school board and the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation recognized the districtís former SCRIP coordinator, Vicki Kerbaugh-Mills. Vicki served as the SCRIP coordinator for ten years before retiring last school year. During her tenure, the SCRIP fundraising program raised $410,000 for schools in our district and the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation.

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

Superintendentís Report
Superintendent Schlachter thanked school board members for attending the all-staff convocation event. He shared that the theme of the event focused on reviewing our student achievement efforts. The district has continued to increase its graduation rate over the last several years. An achievement gap persists that staff members must focus on to ensure every student is prepared for success.

The superintendent shared that the school district will revisit its mission and vision through a strategic planning process. A strategic visioning team will convene made up of high school students, parents, staff, and community members. The team will explore past successes, emerging opportunities, persistent problems, and internal and external factors and trends as they relate to the districtís vision.

The superintendent invited school board members to visit schools this fall. School board members will also have the opportunity to visit schools this coming spring.

Action Items
APPROVED, reaffirming John Hartsockís appointment to serve as the boardís designee on the Multnomah Education Service Districtís Budget Committee for year three of the term.

APPROVED, accepting grant funds in the amount of $20,000 from the Gray Family Fund in support of Outdoor School.

APPROVED, declaration that the Gresham-Barlow School District does not have candidates for Positions 17 and 19 on the Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors.

APPROVED, declaration of three vacancies on the Budget Committee. Information on the Budget Committee vacancies will be posted on the districtís website in the near future.

Information Items
Center for Advanced Learning
Center for Advanced Learning Director Carol Egan presented its annual report to the school board. The Center for Advanced Learning is a charter school serving high schools juniors and seniors in three school districts: Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, and Reynolds. It features programs in computer information systems, dental health science, digital media and design, mechanical engineering and manufacturing, and medical health science.

Board Policy Review Process and Committee Review
Deputy Superintendent Teresa Ketelsen shared the school boardís process for reviewing school board policy. A Board Policy Review Committee made up of two school board members and two members of the superintendentís cabinet will comprise the committee. The committee will review and discuss policies under revision. Policies needing to be modified will require a first and second reading by the school board prior to board action. Kris Howatt and Dan Chriestenson will represent the school board on the policy review committee.

Community Eligibility Provision (Breakfast and Lunch Program)
Chief Financial Officer Mike Schofield reported the school district recently learned itís eligible for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programís Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The program works to improve access to school meals in high poverty areas and eliminate administrative paperwork of collecting household applications. Sodexo, the districtís school lunch provider, reports the program will not require additional funding from the district.
Based on current demographics, the following schools are eligible to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students for the 2014-15 school year:

-East Gresham Elementary
-Hall Elementary
-Highland Elementary
-Hogan Cedars Elementary
-Hollydale Elementary
-Kelly Creek Elementary
-North Gresham Elementary
-Powell Valley Elementary
-West Gresham Elementary

Upcoming school board meetings
September 18
Board Work Session
6 pm
Center for Advanced Learning

September 25
Special Board Work Session
6 pm
Center for Advanced Learning

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

Canít Attend Board Meetings?
You canít 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 pm
Third Showing-The following Thursday at 4 pm

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 pm.

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