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.
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Meeting of January 7, 2016
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Kris Howatt, Matt O’Connell, and Kent Zook.
Sam Barlow High School student Hanna Jordan
named State Water Polo Tournament MVP
The school board recognized Sam Barlow High School student Hanna Jordan. Hannah was recognized as the Tournament MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the recent state water polo tournament. In addition, Hanna was the Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year and made First Team All State. Of note is the water polo teams from Sam Barlow High School, both boys and girls, came in second in the state competition.
Sam Barlow High School students make First Team All State Water Polo
The school board honored the following Sam Barlow High School students who made First Team All State Water Polo as selected by the Water Polo Coaches Association:
Oriana Galasso, Arianna Hill, and Madison Button
Gavin Jette and Brandon Sperling
Gresham High School 2015 yearbook named one of the best in the country
The school board recognized the Gresham High School Yearbook staff for its award winning work on the 2015 “Munhintu” yearbook. Walsworth Publishing Company publishes more than 7000 yearbooks each year and recognized the GHS yearbook as one of the top 16 books in the country. The 2015 GHS yearbook is showcased in Walsworth’s theme gallery. The yearbook’s theme is “What Are You Look’n At?” The theme was recognized for being catchy and distinctive. Teacher Brad Cook serves as the yearbook advisor. Student Cassidy Richardson was editor of the 2015 yearbook.
Gresham-Barlow Teachers honored for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (NBPTS)
The school board honored teachers Christopher Alsop and Scott McCoy. Alsop and McCoy renewed their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification this year. Alsop is the music teacher at Hollydale and East Gresham Elementary. McCoy teaches language arts at Clear Creek Middle School. Certification by the NBPTS is rigorous and perhaps one of the most powerful professional development experiences available to teachers.
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
Jesse Schmunk, a Portland resident who is a parent of a student in the school district, asked to talk about a complaint he has filed regarding some signs in his daughter’s classroom. School Board Chair Carla Piluso shared that Mr. Schmunk’s complaint is currently in process and would be addressed by the school board later on in the meeting.
Timothy Welp of Milwaukie, Oregon, stated he was representing the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA). He expressed concerns regarding bus driver safety and how drivers are being treated. He requested that an advisory committee or work group be formed so district administration can communicate with school bus drivers directly. The district contracts with First Student Transportation for this service.
Chris Ferlazzo of Portland shared he represents the organization Jobs with Justice. He stated that the community and parents want to know that workers, including bus drivers, are treated well and working in a safe environment. He is concerned about bus driver turnover and how that affects bullying on school buses. He urged the school board to consider not renewing its contract with First Student Transportation.
Andrea Lemoins of Portland is with the organization Jobs with Justice. She is concerned about how school bus drivers are being treated.
Superintendent Schlachter shared that Gresham-Barlow School District is hosting the Annual Superintendents’ Legislative Summit on January 8. Multnomah County superintendents will meet to discuss the 2016 legislative session with nine of the state lawmakers representing our region.
In the spirit of starting a new year, Superintendent Schlachter shared a “top ten list” outlining why everyone in the school district can be excited about 2016. The highlights included the district’s professional learning communities and how they are supporting instructors, the work of the school bond development committee to gather community input in putting together a school bond package proposal, and the successful implementation of the district’s K-5 English-Language Arts curriculum.
APPROVED, determining the superintendent’s decision about “no whining” signs in classrooms is final without further process.
The district received a formal written complaint about “no whining” signs that are displayed in two middle school classrooms. The complaint was reviewed according to the process provided in board policy KL, Public Complaints. The superintendent rendered his findings and conclusion that the signs do not represent any violation of policy or ethical practices and are within the purview of the teachers. The person who filed the complaint had requested a hearing with the school board. Non-Division 22 complaints do not require school boards to listen to an appeal.
REVIEWED, the Division 22 Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 2015-16 Assurance Form. No formal motion is required.
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. These assurances must be presented in a public manner such as at a regularly scheduled school board meeting.
The school district reported that after a review the district is in compliance with all of the rules except one. We have most of the components in place for OAR 581-022-1210, District Curriculum; however, an updated is needed in the following areas:
-Common curriculum goals and academic content standards for health education, K-12
-Instruction for prevention of infectious diseases, including AIDS/HIV and Hepatitis B in the elementary grades
-Prevention education in drugs and alcohol in the elementary grades
An evaluation of the current resources and practices in K-12 health curriculum is being conducted to look at their quality and alignment to current standards. This assessment, followed by the creation of common units, will result in a K-12 guaranteed and viable standards-based health education in compliance with OAR 581-022-1210.
APPROVED, the Superintendent Evaluation Process Calendar and authorize the retention of a human resources consultant to design and administer the process under the committee’s direction for a not-to-exceed fee of $15,000, including expenses.
The Superintendent Evaluation Committee was established at the August 21, 2015 school board retreat to develop a new superintendent evaluation process for 2015-16. The process is to be based on a “360 degree” model. A human resources consultant will design and administer the process under the committee’s direction.
Metro East Web Academy Annual Report to the Board
Representatives from the Metro East Web Academy presented the school’s annual report. The school completed its sixth year of operation in June 2015. Charter schools are required to report to the district and the State Board of Education each year on the performance of the school. The report included the school’s goals and assessments related to student performance. An independent review of the Metro East Web Academy was conducted by Portland State University, and was included as part of the evaluation of the school.
Lewis and Clark Montessori Annual Report to the Board
Representatives from the Lewis & Clark Montessori Public Charter School presented its annual report. The school completed its eighth year of operation in June of 2015. Charter schools are required to report to the district and the State Board of Education each year on the performance of the school. The report included the school’s goals and assessments related to student performance. An independent review of the Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School was conducted by Portland State University, and was included as part of the evaluation of the school.
Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) Annual Accountability Report
Representatives from the MESD presented an overview of the 2015-16 MESD Annual Accountability Report. Interim Superintendent Scott Perry and MESD Board Member Mary Botkin make the presentation.
There were no informational items to report.
Upcoming school board meetings
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.