Board Reports

  • 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.

    Watch Board Meetings live

    You can watch regular school board meetings LIVE on the GBSD Website. Look for the link on the homepage in the District News section!

    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.

    Back issues

    Below you will find the latest edition of the Board Report. To view back issues click here.

    Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action


    Meeting of October 3, 2019


    Board Members Present: Chair Blake Petersen, Jeff Gibbs, Mayra Gómez, Matt O’Connell, and Carla Piluso.



    The school board recognized the various churches that took the lead to coordinate “Community Care Day.” Throughout several weekends prior to the start of school, volunteers worked on many beautification projects, which include pulling weeds, spreading bark dust, pruning, painting, and more!

    The churches coordinating the event were:

    -Cornerstone Church

    -East Hill Church

    -First Baptist Church

    -Gresham Bible Church

    -Mountainview Christian Church

    -Pathway Church

    View the photo on Facebook


    Presentations/Highlight on Instruction

    East Orient Elementary School Instruction Highlight

    Throughout the school year, schools in the district will share highlights of ongoing instruction taking place in their building. Principal James Milliken provided the overview which included information on East Orient’s school improvement plan and how it aligns with the District’s work.

    View the East Orient Elementary School Presentation


    West Orient Middle School Instruction Highlight

    Principal Elise Catanese shared highlights of the ongoing instruction taking place at West Orient Middle School. She shared how West Orient’s school improvement plans aligns with the school district’s strategic investment areas.

    View the West Orient Middle School Presentation


    REY Academy Presentation

    REY Academy Administrator Elizabeth Jensen shared information on the academy’s improvement and success in the 2018-19 school year. REY is a small, relationship-based program for students who have had a situation or experience that has disconnected them from their home school.

    View the REY Academy Presentation


    Student Success Act Update

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs shared an update on the Student Success Act. During the 2019 Legislative Session, state lawmakers passed the Student Success Act (SSA) into law. The law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in Oregon schools and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families. The act creates a new business tax dedicated to early learning and K-12 education. It is estimated the tax will generate approximately $1 billion a year for education in Oregon.

    In the 2019-21 biennium, the SSA is expected to add $200 million to the State School Fund with the remaining funds divided among three targeted accounts: Student Investment Account, Early Learning Account, Statewide Education Initiatives.

    The Student Investment Account is expected to provide a close to $500 million investment that goes directly to Oregon schools. It is a non-competitive grant program.

    One of the most promising aspects of this new law is that it is rooted in the ideas of authentic community engagement and equity by supporting school leaders to work with their partners - students, families, communities, and staff, particularly underserved or marginalized groups - in their strategic planning efforts.

    Input meetings for both staff and community members are scheduled. There is also an online survey for those individuals who cannot attend a meeting. Information is available on the Gresham-Barlow School District website.


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Anne Nesse, a Gresham resident, shared that after a career of teaching she currently volunteers in GBSD schools through the Oasis Program. Ms. Nesse believes today’s students need more outside breaks during the day. She shared that students who are given more outside breaks pay better attention in the classroom and provided a link to a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding this issue.

    Jeff Zimmerman, a parent who has students at Deep Creek-Damascus K-8, expressed his concerns regarding class sizes at the school. He would like to see more of the district’s budget and Student Success Act funds focused on reducing class sizes. Mr. Zimmerman’s wife Rachel Zimmerman shared written comments regarding class sizes with the school board.


    Superintendent’s Report

    On behalf of Superintendent Perera, Deputy Superintendent James Hiu introduced new Sam Barlow High School Assistant Principal Melanie Marrone. She most recently worked as an assistant principal in the Ashland School District.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, accepting the donation of $13,000 from Emilio Inc. to host the three-day event by Challenge Day

    Jennifer Hoffman, the parent of Abi Hoffman and Emilio Hoffman, the young man who was killed in the Reynolds shooting, has worked with their non-profit organization, Emilio Inc. to raise funds to sponsor a three-day event at Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) facilitated by the Challenge Day organization. This is a nationwide program designed to facilitate conversations with groups of students to find commonalities and build the school community. This is a highly recognized program with 30+ years of experience in 2,500 schools with 1.5 million students that helps break down barriers between students and enhances school culture. Challenge Day uses interactive and energetic activities to provide teens and adults with tools to break down the walls of separation and isolation and replace them with compassion. The program promises to inspire people to live, study, and work in an environment of acceptance, love, and respect. Three-hundred SBHS students, over a three-day period, will participate in activities and instruction by outside facilitators at SBHS.


     Information Items

    Opening of school enrollment and class size report

    Executive Director of K-12 Education John Koch shared the district enrollment as of September 25, 2019 totaled 10,651 students, representing 70 below projections for 2019-20, overall.

    In addition to the overall enrollment total, the class size data below was shared.

    Elementary Class Size Averages

     Elementary Class Size Averages Table


    Middle School Class Size Averages

    Middle School Class Size Averages Table


    High School Class Size Averages-Core Classes

    GHS Core Class Average

    GHS Core Class Average Table  

    SBHS Core Class Average

    SBHS Core Class Average  

    STHS Core Class Average

    STHS Core Class Average  

    Overview of CUBE conference attendance

    This overview was delayed to a subsequent meeting.


    Financial Update

    Chief Finance Officer Mike Schofield presented a financial report/summary for the school district ending August 31, 2019, along with a school bond financial summary.

    View the Financial Report and Bond Financial Summary


    Upcoming meetings


    September 17, 2019

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning

    Partnership Room


    November 7, 2019

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers Conference Room


    November 7, 2019

    Regular Board Meeting

    7 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers


    Can’t Attend Board Meetings?

    You can watch regular school board meetings LIVE on the GBSD Website. Look for the link on the homepage in the District News section!


    You can also 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.