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 January 9, 2020

    Board Members Present: Chair Blake Petersen, Jeff Gibbs, Mayra Gómez, Kris Howatt, Amanda Orozco-Beach, Matt O’Connell, and Carla Piluso.


    Student Performances


    Highland Elementary School Dual Language Student Performance


    In  honor of school board recognition month, kindergarten students from two dual-language program classrooms at Highland Elementary School sang several songs in Spanish for the school board. Singing in Spanish helps students build and practice new vocabulary.  When songs are accompanied by movements, students are using their bodies to rehearse and it increases the likelihood they will remember words. 


    View a portion of the performance


    Gordon Russell Middle School Student Performance-Choir


    To celebrate school board recognition month, choir students from Gordon Russell Middle School performed several choir pieces for the board


    View a portion of the performance




    Note: Links to photos are available if individuals being recognized were in attendance.


    Gordon Russell Middle School ENVoy Certification


    The school board recognized Gordon Russell Middle School for becoming certified in ENVoY classroom management.  The approach utilizes non-verbal strategies to preserve relationships and gain compliance in the classroom. The systematic use of ENVoY in the classroom has been proven to improve classroom climate, enhance student productivity, and decrease the level of staff burnout. It also helps strengthen the teacher-student relationship.


    View the photo from the school board meeting on Facebook


    Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 All-State Band and Choir


    The school board honored students from Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 for being selected to perform as members in the All-State Band and All-State Choir.


    All-State Band

    • Jack Kohler, 8th Grade - Baritone Saxophone
    • Ryan Leong, 8th Grade - Bass Clarinet


    All-State Choir

    • Bronwyn Barrie, 7th Grade - Alto
    • Keeley Chard, 8th Grade - Alto
    • Alissa Cohen, 8th Grade - Soprano
    • Anthony Felipe, 8th Grade - Tenor
    • Melany Ingoglia, 8th Grade - Soprano
    • Jack Kohler, 8th Grade - Tenor
    • Chloe Lowry, 8th Grade - Soprano
    • Josie Williams, 6th Grade - Soprano
    • Beto Zeisler, 8th Grade - Bass


    View the photo from the school board meeting on Twitter


    Boccelli's Ristorante Fundraiser


    The school board recognized Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis for raising $17,600 for new Gresham High School choir robes to go along with their new school auditorium. The mayor worked with community members to organize a dinner fundraiser that was held at Boccelli's Ristorante on December 2.


    View the photo from the school board meeting on Facebook


    Recognitions for Holiday Donations


    The school board honored Christensen Electric for donating nearly 100 coats to less fortunate families at North Gresham and Hall Elementary Schools. The business also donated more than $2,200 worth of food items and hygiene supplies to support district families in need.


    View photo from school board meeting on Twitter


    The school board recognized Arrow Sanitary for donating over 100 bikes to kids at East Gresham, Highland and North Gresham Elementary Schools, as well as Dexter McCarty and Gordon Russell Middle Schools. Donations for the project came from national and local donors as well as Arrow Sanitary employees.


    View the photo from the school board meeting on Facebook


    The school board honored Gresham United Methodist Church for donating 50 hand-knit hats, scarves and slippers to less fortunate students. The church has a knitting/crochet group that meets monthly to make prayer shawls, hats, and scarves.


    In addition to donations from the community, the staff at the school district office played Secret Santa for students. They also donated blanket buddies to the Gresham Police Department and supplies for the animal shelter.


    School Board Recognition Month


    In Oregon, January is School Board Recognition Month. It is at this time special efforts are made in communities throughout the state to acknowledge the efforts of school board members. District administration presented the school board with a proclamation signed by Governor Kate Brown. The school board also received specially designed coasters made by Gresham High School students and thank you cards created by East Orient Elementary students.


    Hall Elementary School Instruction Highlight


    Principal Heidi Lasher shared highlights of the ongoing instruction taking place at Hall Elementary School. She shared how Hall’s school improvement plan aligns with the school district’s strategic investment areas.


    View the Hall Elementary School Presentation


    Gordon Russell Middle School Instruction Highlight


    Principal Rolland Hayden shared highlights of the ongoing instruction taking place at Gordon Russell Middle School. She shared how Russell’s school improvement plan aligns with the school district’s strategic investment areas.


    View the Gordon Russell Middle School Presentation


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board


    Claudia Fransen, a Gresham High School parent, shared her concerns regarding the announcement that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program will no longer be offered in the 21-22 school year and beyond. She asked that the decision be reconsidered and for stakeholders to be allowed to provide input. She shared that if the program is discontinued, that current Freshmen be allowed to complete the program.


    Parent Kim Koenig urged the school district to use funds from the Student Success Act to support teachers. She recommended that dollars be used to foster environments where students want to learn and where staff feel safe, to invest in alternative placements for students needing a different setting, and to hire experts trained in helping students deal with trauma.


    Peter Nilsen-Goodin, music specialist at Hogan Cedars Elementary School, shared that with the new possibilities coming to Oregon Schools because of the Student Success Act, the time was right to increase the amount of music and p.e. students receive at the elementary level. Nilsen-Goodin, along with music and p.e. specialists from throughout the school district, urged the district to return to full-time music and p.e. instruction at the elementary level. Nilsen-Goodin shared the ill effects of the current district schedule on students and how music and p.e. positively impact student achievement.


    Superintendent’s Report


    The superintendent’s report highlighted new district-level administrators.


    Jordan Ely has been selected to be the district’s chief financial officer. Ely currently serves as the director of budget and analysis for Portland Public Schools.


    Dr. Tracy Klinger has been selected to serve as the district’s director of teaching and learning-elementary. Klinger is currently the principal of North Gresham Elementary School.


    LaKeyshua Washington has been selected to serve as the district’s director of teaching and learning-secondary. Washington most recently served as a middle school principal in Compton, California.


    Dr. Erin Shepherd has been selected to serve as federal programs director. She most recently served as a teacher on special assignment (TOSA)-instructional technology coach.


    Federal Programs Director April Olson was honored for serving the school district for twenty years. For the last seven years Ms. Olson has served as federal programs director. She also has experience as a school administrator and classroom teacher. Olson is leaving GBSD to work in another school district.


    Action Items


    REVIEWED, the 2018-19 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report presented as a first reading


    The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report will be presented for second reading and acceptance at a subsequent meeting.


    View the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report


    APPROVED, the Gresham-Barlow School District's Continuous Improvement Plan (AKA Action Plan for Strategic Investments)


    Schools and districts in Oregon are called upon to engage in continuous improvement work to improve outcomes for students. A continuous improvement process is the process by which districts and schools:


    • Determine what is working and what needs to change;
    • Establish a process to engage stakeholders to effect change;
    • Leverage effective practices to implement a plan;
    • Use data to monitor and make timely adjustments to improve outcomes.


    The continuous improvement process results in the development of an ambitious, priority-driven action plan where routine collaboration and decision-making among district leaders is reflected throughout implementation. The Continuous Improvement Plan includes the strategic plan, 10 Supplemental questions and budget narratives.


    The District submitted the plan December 3, 2019 to the Oregon Department of Education. An overview of the plan was provided to the board at the December 19, 2019 board work session.


    View the Gresham-Barlow School District Continuous Improvement Plan (AKA Action Plan for Strategic Investments)


    Information Items


    Out of State Travel Report


    The administration shared with the school board out-of-state trips Gresham-Barlow Schools have taken so far this year.


    View the Travel Report


    Financial Update


    The administration presented a financial report/summary for the school district ending November 30, 2019.


    View the Financial Report


    Upcoming meetings


    January 23



    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning

    Partnership Room


    February 6


    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers Conference Room


    February 6


    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!    


    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.