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 June 6, 2019

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


    GHS and SBHS students place at OSAA State Solo Championships

    The school board recognized choir and band students from Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School who competed in the OSAA State Solo Championships.

    Gresham High School

    • State Champion Alto Voice: Camille Baptista, Senior
    • State Champion Baritone Voice: Troy Chittock, Senior
    • State Champion Mezzo-Soprano Voice: Kayle Berlinger, Senior

    Sam Barlow High School

    • 2nd Place Oboe: Jordin Gabor, Junior

    Photo from board meeting on Twitter


    Sam Barlow High School student named State Equestrian Champion

    The school board honored Sam Barlow High School Junior Jenessa Teachout, who attended the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams State Championship and earned first place in High Point Individual Performance. She also took 1st in In-Hand Trail, 2nd in Hunt Seat Equitation, 2nd in Showmanship, 4th in Trail Equitation, and 4th in Driving.

    Photo from board meeting on Facebook


    Gresham-Barlow staff member earns doctorate

    The school board recognized Dr. Stephen Scannell, a science teacher at Gresham High School, for recently earning his doctorate degree (Ed.D) in curriculum & instruction. Dr. Scannell's dissertation was "a case study of a school district in the Pacific Northwest that developed three-year high school science curricula using a “Physics First” course sequence (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), with the crosscutting concept patterns as the central theme of the courses. The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of the implementation of the 9th grade course, Patterns Physics, on teacher practice and beliefs about science teaching and determine whether this new approach facilitated teacher classroom practices and beliefs congruent with those expressed in A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013).

    Photo from board meeting on Twitter


    Gresham High School students compete at NW Science Expo

    The school board honored three Gresham High School students who recently competed at the Northwest Science Expo in Phoenix, Arizona in May. 

    At this competition, the group presented their project, titled Cubitum Viribus. Their project involved creating an exoskeleton robotic arm that attaches to a human arm and is designed to assist the user in lifting objects. It was designed and built for the grandfather of one of the team members, who happens to have a degenerative muscle disorder.

    GHS Students:

    • Logan Hall, Junior
    • Deepshay Ray, Junior
    • Ethan Vang, Junior 

    Photos from board meeting on Twitter


    Sam Barlow High School student competes at OSAA Girls Tennis State Championship

    The school board recognized SBHS student Grace Maxey who was a finalist in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Girls Tennis State Championships, making her the highest finisher in Sam Barlow High School history. 

    Photo from board meeting on Facebook


    Sam Barlow High School student places at OSSA Track and Field State Championships

    The school board honored Sam Barlow High School junior Conrad Greeley for placing second in the boy's pole value during the OSAA Track and Field State Championships. 

    Photo from board meeting on Twitter


    Sam Barlow High School students make All-State

    The school board honored the following students for being named to All-State in baseball.

    • Wilson Weber, sophomore, was voted 1st Team All-State Catcher
    • Jaren Hunter, junior, was voted Honorable Mention All-State Pitcher

    Photo from board meeting on Facebook


    Excellence in Teaching Award

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs announced that Gordon Russell Middle School teacher Becky Straight is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award.

    The award was created to honor teachers who are representative of all excellent teachers in Gresham-Barlow School District. The most important qualification is that the nominees excel in inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The criterion are:

    • Have the respect and admiration of their colleagues
    • Be an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
    • Collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
    • Deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
    • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embodies lifelong learning
    • Express themselves in an engaging and articulate and respectful way.

    Each school had the opportunity to submit a nominee from their staff.

    The nominees for the 2018-19 Excellence in Teaching Award were:

    Amy Galloway, Powell Valley Elementary

    Kelsey Steers, North Gresham Elementary

    Becky Straight, Gordon Russell Middle School

    Kristy McKenzie, Hogan Cedars Elementary

    Brent Cunningham, Sam Barlow High School

    Matthew O’Reilly, Dexter McCarty Middle School

    Sarah Creighton, West Gresham Elementary

    Michael O’Brien, Gresham High School

    Gary Vaughn-Winter, Hollydale Elementary

    Rhett Hyman, East Orient Elementary

    Heather Borin, Clear Creek Middle School

    Sheri Taylor, Kelly Creek Elementary

    John McBride, Springwater Trail High School

    Tiffany Pate, Deep Creek-Damascus K-8

    Each nominee submitted a brief application that was blindly screened to identify finalists and determine the award winner.

    Photo from board meeting on Twitter


    Recognition of John Hartsock’s service as a school board member

    John Hartsock's term as a member of the Gresham-Barlow School District Board of Directors ends June 30, 2019. In recognition of Director Hartsock's service on the board, and of his dedication to the patrons and students of the district, a presentation was made during the board meeting. Director Hartsock held Position 7, At-Large on the board. On May 21, Amanda Orozco-Beach was elected to Position 7. She will take the oath of office at the July board meeting. 

    Photo from board meeting on Facebook



    Experiences with coding

    Fifth grade students from Kelly Creek Elementary shared their experiences with coding at the board meeting. The school district held a Coding Week May 20-24, 2019. Many elementary and middle school students had the opportunity to perform coding with Ozobots, use Beebots with math, and construct coding habitats with Bloxels.

    Watch the students show their coding skills at the board meeting.


    All Hands Raised Chapter 4 Presentation

    Representatives from All Hands Raised provided an overview of their work over the last school year within Multnomah County schools. The publication, called “Chapter 4” was released in April and shares the metrics the partnership agreed to measure and outlines where the community has made progress and where it has not. It also provides insights into the innovation happening with teams–representing multiple sectors and organizations–across Multnomah County to ensure the partnership is improving the educational outcomes of children, youth and young adults, and in turn the prosperity of the community.


    School District Collaboration Grant

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs and collaboration grant managers Regina Norris and Mark Kim presented on the school district’s Collaboration Grant will come to an end on June 28, 2019. Their presentation provided a multi-year overview of the grant, and focused on the variety of professional learning opportunities for district staff from the grant. The presenters highlighted the Professional Growth Academy (PGA), Inquiry Teams, and Learning Walks.


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    There were no citizens’ requests of the board.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Perera shared that the foundation for the Strategic Teaching and Learning Investment Plan, which will guide the District’s work over the next several years, is the Listening and Learning Tour she conducted during her first year in the school district. Over the course of the year she talked with a variety of stakeholders about the school district and its educational program. The plan is guided by the District’s Portrait of a Graduate, which identifies the six skills and competencies a Gresham-Barlow graduate should possess:

    -Independent Lifelong Learner

    -Adaptable Collaborator

    -Compassionate Communicator

    -Responsible Creator

    -Open-Minded Critical Thinker

    -Globally Aware Community Member

    The plan also features the four strategic investment areas the district is focusing on to make the Portrait of a Graduate a reality. Those investment areas are:

    -Instructional Clarity

    -Evidence Based Decision Making

    -Teaching and Learning Environments

    -Family, School, and Community Partners

    Superintendent Perera also reported that the District’s Construction Pilot Project at Powell Valley Elementary culminated the week of June 3-7. Students at the school worked with Fortis Construction to design benches. The benches were unveiled on June 6. Their designs were created in 3d prior to construction using a program called Tinkercad.

    The superintendent announced that Drake Shelton, assistant principal at Parkrose High School, has been selected to be Gresham High School’s next principal. He will begin serving as principal July 1. Superintendent Perera expressed her appreciation to the various members of the committee tasked with interviewing candidates for the position.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1920-01 to adopt the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year in the total amount of $364,266,235 now on file at the district’s administrative office 

    APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1920-02 to appropriate funds in the amount and purposes as outlined in the resolution for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019

    APPROVED, ratifying Resolution 1920-03 to impose taxes provided for the adopted budget at the Permanent Rate of $4.5268 per $1,000 of assessed value for General Fund operations; and, to impose taxes in the amount of $19,756,207 for bonded debt; making these taxes hereby imposed and categorized for the tax year 2019-2020 upon the assessed value of all taxable property within the district

    APPROVED, the rate proposal for 2019-2020 to allow the Gresham-Barlow School District to competitively retain and recruit drivers

    The board was provided comparison information from surrounding districts and other competitors for drivers. Additionally, First Student provided a suggested wage increase based on a wage study that will enable strong driver recruitment and retention.

    The increase approved by the school board is $4.00/hour. This increase will allow the Gresham location to be more competitive in terms of overall compensation. Drivers in surrounding districts are generally offered higher wages, more guaranteed weekly hours, and participation in PERS and employer provided healthcare. 

    The overall increase, based on current routes, is estimated at approximately $700,000. It is estimated since routes change from year to year, and at times within the year. This increase is budgeted for 2019-2020. As a reminder, this cost increase will be reimbursed through the state transportation grant at a rate of 70%.

    View supplementary materials provided to the school board


    APPROVED, the 2019-2020 proposed fees and non-resident tuition as presented

    The approved tuition and student fees for fiscal year 2019-20 are detailed on the supplemental materials and highlighted below:

    Gresham High School

    -Added digital photography fee for $15

    -Removed botany and p.e. uniform fees

    Sam Barlow High School

    -No fee changes

    Springwater Trail High School

    -No fee changes

    Middle Schools

    -Increased p.e. uniform fee from $15 to $16

    -Removed OST fees for Clear Creek, Dexter McCarty, Gordon Russell, and West Orient

    Elementary Schools

    -No fee changes

    The K-12 tuition for non-resident students is $10,745. 

    View the fee schedules for each high school and a fee schedule for all middle schools


    APPROVED, the contract with Schoolinks with a not to exceed amount of $170,000 for the period between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2022, pending successful contract negotiations

    On May 6, 2019 the district issued a request for proposals for a College and Career Planning Platform. Proposals were due on May 21, 2019. The district received proposals from the following firms:



    Maia Learning

    Follett School Solutions, Inc.

    Hobsons for Naviance

    ETI/ College Readiness

    Major Clarity

    All proposals were screened and evaluated by committee.

    Members of the initial committee were: Erin Boelow, Laura Blaser, Bill DeWitz, Louisa Kinder, and Carla Gay. 

    Key criteria used for the evaluation included:

    Background, Project Approach, References, Scheduling, Costs, Project Components including: Middle School & High School planning, Student Friendly Career Exploration, Course Planning and College Match Tool, Customizable Student Plan, Curriculum Guides and Implementation Supports.

    After confirming the scope of work, scoring, and deliberation, the committee recommended awarding the contract to Schoolinks.

    APPROVED, contracts for the superintendent of schools, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, chief financial officer, administrators, and confidential staff members


    Information Items

    Gresham-Barlow Strategic Financial Plan update

    Information on the Gresham-Barlow School District Strategic Financial Plan will be shared at a subsequent board meeting.


    Paid Lunch Equity for 2019-2020

    As required by the United States Department of Agriculture, all local education agencies (LEAs), regardless of current lunch prices, must annually review paid lunch prices to ensure compliance. The USDA provides a tool to determine compliance called the Paid Lunch Equity Tool. This requirement is in effect to ensure USDA funds are not subsidizing paid lunch amounts. The review has been completed and there will be no increase in lunch prices for the 2019-2020 school year.


    Tomorrow Bus Donation

    Gresham-Barlow School District has received notice from our partner, First Student, that they will donate one bus to the district for purposes of converting it to a mobile STREAM lab.

    Next steps for the Tomorrow Bus are categorized into two areas consisting of operations and programming.

    The District is establishing a donation fund through the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation to pay for the wrapping, marketing, maintenance, and materials. Knapheid, partners of the district, will begin the retrofitting process, which will include getting the bus painted and wrapped, over the summer. This will be paid for by district partners at McDonald and Wetle. In addition, the District’s technology innovation coaches are leading a student design competition for the design of the bus.

    With regard to programming, coaches and lead teacher Tom Erickson of Clear Creek Middle School, are looking at how STREAM standards will drive what the content is. They are setting up a framework for the various STREAM based learning opportunities that can be taken on the road to schools throughout the district. These experiences will supplement core instruction by providing more hands on, real world engaging learning experiences that demonstrate the ‘why’ of what students are learning.


    Budget Overview/Financial Update based on 4/30/19 Financial Report

    Chief Finance Officer Mike Schofield presented a financial report/summary for the school district ending April 30, 2019, along with a school bond financial summary.

    View the Financial Report and Bond Financial Summary


    Upcoming meetings

    July 11, 2019

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chamber Conference Room


    July 11, 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.