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 September 3, 2020


    Board Members Present: Chair Blake Petersen, Kris Howatt, Matt O’Connell, Mayra Gómez, Amanda Orozco-Beach, and Robyn Stowers



    National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Awards

    The school board recognized Communications Director Athena Vadnais. At the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Seminar in July (held virtually), the Gresham-Barlow School District received several awards in NSPRA's 2020 Publications and Electronic Media Contest. The awards are listed below. The contest annually recognizes outstanding education publications from across the country at the national level. This year there were 631 entries. Only 415 of those entries received recognition. In the contest, the Gresham-Barlow School District’s communications were compared to entries from school districts nationwide of similar size.

    The Gresham-Barlow School District's awards are listed on the NSPRA Website and below.

    Since 2013, the school district has earned 25 national awards from NSPRA in the Publications and Electronic Media Contest.


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    There were no citizens’ requests of the board.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Perera shared that staff were welcomed back with a virtual Convocation celebration. The event celebrated accomplishments of the past year and the school district’s focus for the coming school year.

    The District released to parents its Return to Learn Plan for 2020-21. The plan features an overview of this year’s educational program year as well as safety protocols and procedures and student/family supports.

    The District is working on distributing devices to students in preparation for the start of the school year. The District is distributing approximately 9,000 devices over seven days.

    Deputy Superintendent James Hiu shared that the District is welcoming 57 new educators this fall.

    New Staff Member Demographics:


    22-Black, Indigenous, People of Color

         -12 Latinx

         -3 Asian

         -1 American Indian

         -2 Black

         -3 Multi-Racial

         -1 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs shared that the District has created a COVID-19 Dashboard. To successfully reopen schools in Oregon, there are three metrics that the county and state must meet and maintain. The dashboard shows the current status of metrics.

    The District is reviewing various assessments, including the new Oregon Interim Assessment, as we work to monitor our effectiveness in meeting the needs of our students. 

    The District has been in negotiations with both licensed and classified associations to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for comprehensive distance learning.

    Prior to the start of the school year on September 14 staff members are participating in a variety of trainings to include instruction in best practices when it comes to distance learning.

    Chief Finance Officer Jordan Ely shared that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has determined it will not reimburse school districts for masks. FEMA does not consider masks to be an emergency protective measure, but instead an increased operating cost.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would continue to allow schools to serve free meals to students through the end of 2020. The goal is to ensure students continue to receive safe, healthy, nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, the continued purchase of RULER for 16 Gresham-Barlow schools and the student support services office at a cost of $91,800 for use beginning October 12, 2020, through October 11, 2022. In addition, since Hall Elementary School has already received training they will have a one year subscription to RULER at a cost of $1,000 beginning October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the switch to comprehensive distance learning (CDL) the social and emotional needs of students has grown. RULER provides research-based content covering the skills of emotional intelligence and the tools developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to support individual growth and to improve school climate. Leaders representing every GBSD school will attend virtual RULER training and will in turn train others at their schools. All schools will have access to RULER content. In 2019-2020 the District Leadership Team had training and access to RULER materials which were presented to administrators for adult social emotional learning during professional learning sessions.

    View the RULER contracts 


    APPROVED, declaring the Gresham-Barlow School Board has no candidates to nominate for OSBA Board of Directors, Multnomah Region, Positions 17 and 19

    All odd-numbered positions, except for Position 1, plus Position 8, on the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board of Directors are up for election.

    Under OSBA’s governance structure, member school boards are required to take official action in September to nominate representatives for their region, if they choose to do so. In Multnomah County, there are currently two OSBA directors’ seats open, Positions 17 and 19. Michelle Vo holds Position 17. Sonja McKenzie holds Position 19.

    Nominations close at 5 pm on October 2, 2020. Member boards will be asked to vote on the candidates following the conclusion of all OSBA Fall Regional Meetings, and no earlier than November 2, 2020.


    Upcoming meetings 

    NOTE: During the school closures and COVID-19 Pandemic, board meetings will be held virtually unless otherwise noted. Meeting links will be sent out with the public meeting notices and posted on the board webpage.

    September 17, 2020

    Note: In-Person Meeting

    Board Work Session

    5:30 pm

    Sam Barlow High School

    5105 SE 302nd Avenue

    Gresham, OR 97080

    October 1, 2020

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    October 1, 2020

    Regular Board Meeting

    7 pm


    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.