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 February 7, 2019


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



    Classified School Employees Week Resolution

    March 4-8, 2019, has been designated as Classified School Employees Week. The school board adopted a resolution acknowledging the importance of a strong local school system and the contribution that classified employees make to that system. 

    2019 Classified Employees Week Resolution


    Staff Recognitions: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) Awards

    for Classified Staff

    The Above and Beyond the Call of Duty (ABCD) award was created to recognize classified staff employees who go above and beyond the call of duty while performing their job responsibilities. All GBSD classified staff that are not in a management or supervisory position are eligible for this award.

    Through a nomination process, each school or department can chose a classified employee who is dedicated, inspiring and making a difference in their school.

    Congratulations to the following recipients:

    West Orient MS - Carissa Strobel

    Dexter McCarty MS - Trena Heydel

    Hollydale ES - Kristin Gaboury

    Hogan Cedars ES - Nick Sifuentes

    Clear Creek MS - Lita Johanningmeier

    North Gresham ES - Heather Stevens

    East Orient ES - Ron Gutirrez

    West Gresham ES - Maria Rudrogen

    Deep Creek-Damascus - Amy Kendall

    East Gresham ES - Elise Peter

    Kelly Creek ES - Diana Wolfe

    Gordon Russell MS - Julie Duquette

    Highland ES - Wanda Rae Brule

    Gresham HS - Teresa Anderson

    Sam Barlow HS – Renni Ferguson


    View the photo of ABCD Award Winners on Facebook


    All State and All Northwest Choir

    The school board honored students selected for All State and All Northwest Choir.


    Sam Barlow High School:

    All State Choir

    • Brooke Collins (Soprano)
    • Logan Latourette (Baritone)
    • Shyloh Peckham (Alto)
    • Toby Neighorn (Tenor)

    All Northwest Choir

    • Audrey Thies (Alto)

    View the photo of SBHS Choir Students on Twitter


    Gresham High School:

    All State Choir

    • Naomi Thompson - Alto 1
    • Caitlyn Carnahan - Alto 2
    • Andrew Walton - Tenor 2
    • Savannah Springer - Soprano 1
    • Skyler Bolster - Baritone
    • Keegan Cereghino - Baritone
    • Brodie Joseph - Bass 2

    View a photo of the GHS All State Choir Students on Facebook

    All Northwest Choir

    • Josh Barcroft - Tenor 1
    • Tess Wix - Soprano 1
    • Kayle Berlinger - Soprano 2
    • Chloe Hallberg - Soprano 2
    • Ashley Harris - Soprano 2
    • Abbie Soulagnet - Alto 1
    • Laurel O’Brien - Alto 2
    • Adam Carsner – Baritone
    • Conner Henkle – Baritone

    View a photo of student Adam Carsner, who was honored at the board meeting, on Twitter


    Racquetball: Sam Barlow High School

    The school board honored student athletes from Sam Barlow High School for their accomplishments in racquetball.

    Racquetball Singles and Doubles

    Annie Roberts (Junior) First Place in State Singles

    Annie Roberts and Kelsey Klinger (both Juniors) First Place in State Doubles

     Photo from Board Meeting via Twitter


    Racquetball First Team All State

    Annie Roberts (Junior)

    Kelsey Klinger (Junior)

    Chloe Hilsenteger (Sophomore)

    View the photo from the Board Meeting on Facebook


    Racquetball Second Team All State

    Shelby Levens (Freshman)

    Mara White (Sophomore)

    Lily Parrish (Junior)

    Senny Scherler (Junior)

    McKenna Green (Junior)

    Emma Corvese (Junior)

    View the photo from the Board Meeting on Twitter




    Lewis and Clark Public Charter School Annual Report

    Representatives from Lewis and Clark School presented their annual report. Oregon law requires public charter schools to submit a report to the district and the State Board of Education each year. The report includes, among other things, information regarding the goals and assessments relating to student performance, and a look forward at the school year ahead. View Lewis and Clark's Annual Report


    Metro East Web Academy Public Charter School Annual Report

    Representatives from the Metro East Web Academy presented their annual report. Oregon law requires public charter schools to submit a report to the district and the State Board of Education each year. The report includes, among other things, information regarding the goals and assessments relating to student performance, and a look forward at the school year ahead. View the information Metro East Web Academy shared at the school board meeting.


    District Strategic Teaching and Learning 3.0 Investment Plan Overview

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs presented the District’s Strategic Teaching and Learning 3.0 Investment Plan. The plan translates the District’s instructional priorities into investment needs and estimates the time, people, and resources needed over time. The effectiveness of various programs and initiatives undertaken as part of implementing instructional priorities has been a central input to the decision-making process. Although the plan will evolve each year, district leadership will update the plan on an ongoing basis. Stakeholder engagement has been utilized through the “Portrait of a Graduate” design process and will be shared in this overview. The plan holds student growth and success as its core objective.

    Key Components:

    Pillars of Support=EQUITY

    1. Layered Continuum of Supports
    2. Data-Based Problem Solving
    3. Learning Environments
    4. Family, School, and Community Partnerships


    View Assistant Superintendent Riggs' strategic financial plan presentation.

    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    There were no citizens’ requests of the board.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Perera shared that the District Leadership Team attended the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators winter conference. The team participated in sessions on culturally responsive teaching and learning, trauma informed practices, and Oregon graduation requirements and rates. GBSD administrators also presented at the conference on topics such as AVID and equity.


    The superintendent also shared that the District is participating in a Portland State University advisory council. The school is making adjustments to its program in the college of education. The university is working to create an undergraduate program in special education.


    The District held a school safety town hall at Gresham city hall in late January. The meeting room was full and attendees learned about what the District is doing to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. Information was also presented on safety improvements funded by the 2016 school bond. More information can be found on the school bond website at


    The superintendent presented with students from Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School at the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators winter conference. The team participated in a panel titled “Skills, Mindsets, and Characteristics of Students of the Future.”


    Superintendent Perera shared that as a part of the District’s “Portrait of a Graduate” work, she and Assistant Superintendent Riggs presented at the Gresham Rotary. The District has spent the last several weeks gathering input on the characteristics and skills our students should have upon graduation. Various stakeholders have participated in this work.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) Local Service Plan 2019-2020, Programs and Services Proposal, as presented

    Acceptance of the proposal does not commit the Gresham-Barlow schools to participate in all of the programs included in the plan.  The administration appreciates the flexibility offered by the ESD in its programs, which allows our district to adjust the level of service based upon changing needs of our student population. View the MESD 2019-20 Local Service Plan


    APPROVED, the resolution regarding the Restated Trust Agreement and the Form of Joinder to Trust Agreement

    PACE is the District’s property and casualty insurance coverage provider. PACE’S original trust agreement was adopted in 2006 and was readopted by the board in June 2016. Recently, the document was reviewed and revised. View PACE Documents


    APPROVED, authorizing an increase to the contract with Perlo Construction not to exceed $2,700,000 to allow construction to begin at the Deep Creek campus

    The 2016 school bond is funding a renovation/addition at the Deep Creek campus. The $2,7000,000 approved by the school board will go to phase one of the project. Phase two will be bid in mid-February 2019. Information about the Deep Creek campus renovation is on the school bond website.


    APPROVED, JS Perrott as the lowest responsible bidder pending successful contract negotiations at an amount not to exceed $447,642.

    Student and staff safety is an important part of the 2016 school bond. Last spring the administration and district staff determined a standard for door locks/hardware across the District. In December, the administration issued an invitation to bid for replacement door locks and hardware at middle schools throughout the District.



    APPROVED, adopting the basic 403(b) pre-approved plan with amendments as listed in the Gresham-Barlow School District adoption agreement.

    The District offers a 403(b) plan for employees. The original plan was last adopted by the board in December 2008. The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) is requiring updated plans by March 31, 2020. View 403(b) supplementary materials.


    APPROVED, resolution No. 1819-09, thereby authorizing the issuance, sale, and delivery of General Obligation Bonds; designating an authorized representative, bond counsel, and underwriter or placement agent; and delegating the negotiation and approval of financial documents and related matters, as presented

    With the successful passage of ballot measure 26-187, one of the necessary stops to issue the bonds to finance the projects is an authorizing resolution. In February 2017 the board authorized and the administration sold just over $241 million in general obligation bonds. The remaining $50 million in voter authorization will be sold in late March or early April 2019.



    Information Items

    Communication Audit Report

    Communications Director Athena Vadnais presented a summary of the Communications Audit Report. This past fall/winter, as a part of the district's communications, customer service, and branding work, the district conducted an audit of its communications district-wide. The full report is being finalized and will be available in mid-February. A summary of the audit’s findings is available on the District website.


    Financial Update

    Chief Financial Officer Mike Schofield presented an update to the board based on the December 31, 2018 financial report.


    Upcoming meetings


    February 22

    Board Strategic Planning Work Session

    8 am to 5 pm

    Barlow Trail Conference Room

    Gresham City Hall


    February 28

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Media Center/Library

    Sam Barlow High School


    March 7

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Council Chambers Conference Room

    Public Safety and Schools Building


    March 7

    Regular Board Meeting

    7 pm

    Council Chambers

    Public Safety and Schools Building


    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.