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 May 3, 2023

    Board Members Present: Chair Mayra Gómez, Vice Chair Kris Howatt, Shawn Farrens, Cathy Keathley, Holly Riegelmann


    Sam Barlow High School (SBHS) Girls Basketball

    The School Board recognized the SBHS Girls Basketball Team which had an incredibly successful year finishing the regular season ranked #6, won 1st, 2nd, and Quarterfinal playoff games, and received the 5th place trophy in the State Tournament at the Chiles Center.

    Kennedie Shuler was named Mt. Hood Conference Co-Player of the Year.

    At the State Tournament, Kennedie Shuler was named First Team All-Tournament and Annie Koenig was Second Team All-Tournament.

    SBHS Boys Basketball

    The School Board honored the SBHS Boys Basketball Team. The team finished the regular season ranked #2 in the state, won 1st, 2nd, and quarterfinal playoff games, and received the 5th place trophy in the State Tournament.

    Jalen Atkins was named Mt. Hood Conference Player of the Year, and Jahvari Martino was named Mt. Hood Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

    At the State Tournament, Atkins was named First Team All-Tournament.

    Coach Tom Johnson was named Mt. Hood Conference Boys Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Bruins to an undefeated conference season. Coach Johnson moved up to #6 all-time on the list of wins by a boys basketball coach in Oregon history with a career total of 663!

    Gresham High School (GHS) Boys Basketball

    The School Board honored the GHS Boys Basketball Team, which had its best season in decades, finishing second in the Mt. Hood Conference and then beating Sprague and Benson in the playoffs to get to the Chiles Center. It was their first trip to the final site since 2000.

    After coming up just short in their first quarterfinal game, the boys beat Central Catholic and Beaverton to finish fourth in the state, the Gophers' best finish since 1992.  Scotty Riddle was named Mt. Hood Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. 

    SBHS Cheer Team

    The School Board recognized the SBHS Cheer Team. This year Kassidy Wheat, Camryn Burns, and Gracie Hendrix were sent to the OCCA All-State Competition and all 3 made the 6A All-State Team.

    Coach Brandie Seibel was named Mt Hood Conference Coach of the Year.

    SBHS Racquetball Team

    The School Board honored SBHS’s 3 racquetball players who competed in the State Tournament on January 27 and were named to the All-State team. Congratulations to Drake Howard, Riley Edwards, and Matthew Teem.

    SBHS Skills USA/Culinary

    The School Board honored students from the school’s culinary arts program.

    The FCCLA (Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America) State Competition took place on March 17.

    • Izzy Zielinski- 1st place Culinary Arts

    The SkillsUSA State Competition took place on April 7 & 8:

    • Joanna Guilleux & Hannah Guilleux- tied for 1st in Commercial Baking 
    • Hannah Guilleux- 1st place in Restaurant Service

    SBHS Theatre

    The School Board honored Sam Barlow High School student Mia Williams for receiving 1st Place for Solo Musical Theatre at the Oregon State Thespian Festival

    SBHS Wrestling

    The School Board honored the following SBHS wrestlers for being recognized by the Mount Hood Conference as 1st Team All-League for winning the district meet and going to state:

    • Aiden Warfield, 126 lb Champion and went to State
    • Nick Roth, 145 lb Champion and went to State 

    SBHS Girls Swimming

    The School Board honored the following SBHS swimmers who won their event at District, went to State, and were recognized as Mount Hood League First Team All-Conference: Kaitlyn Logue, Junior, 200 Freestyle & 500 Freestyle; Madison Logue, Junior, 200 Individual Medley; 400 Freestyle Relay Team: Maggie Moffat, Madison Logue, Lauren Kenoyer, & Kaitlyn Logue.

    Coach Angela Miller was recognized as the Mount Hood Conference Girls Swimming Coach of the Year.

    GHS Theatre

    The School Board honored GHS students who were named State Champions in Large Group musical for their performance of “Satisfied” from the musical Hamilton. This starred Ly'Le Pullom, Robin Moran, Destiny Martinez, and Terry Munoz.. The ensemble for this piece also included: Lauren Soulagnet, Italia Lopez, Ben Kowalker, Sean Strojan, Sable Hohnstein, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Morgan Israelsson, Michael Nedelisky, and Seth Avila.

    The theatre department also received a Superior Rating (State Champions) for Freestyle One Act Performance of "Courting 101" directed by Ricky Boyce, featuring actors Terry Munoz, Morgan Israelsson, Luna Meza, Robin Moran, Alivia Porter, and Lyn Nguyen.

    Gresham's Lauren Juilfs and Lauren Soulagnet finished in the top five in the state in solo acting.

    GHS Cheer Team

    The School Board honored the GHS Varsity Cheer team for taking 3rd place in the Gameday Division at the state cheerleading championships in February. 

    National School Nurse Day

    The School Board ratified the resolution recognizing May 10, 2023 as National School Nurse Day in the Gresham-Barlow School District.

    The resolution acknowledges the contribution school nurses make to the health and educational success of students and the crucial role they play in improving public health.

    View the Resolution

    LGBTQ2SIA+ Pride Month

    The School Board adopted a resolution declaring June as LGBTQ2SIA+ Pride Month in the Gresham-Barlow School District

    LGBTQ2SIA+ Pride Month is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. It strives to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ Americans and celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community to our society and collective history.

    View the Resolution

    Gresham-Barlow Employee Newsletter named “Oregon’s Best”

    The School Board honored the Gresham-Barlow School District’s Communications Team for receiving the “Oregon’s Best” award for the GBSD’s employee e-newsletter from the Oregon School Public Relations Association. The awards program recognizes creative and effective work in school communications.

    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    One citizen submitted public comment requesting an adjustment to the student dress code. Another citizen submitted a comment sharing experiences she had had working in GBSD.

    View the Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Superintendent and District Leadership Report

    Superintendent Hiu shared that he participated in a Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Board of Directors Meeting. COSA continues to advocate for appropriate K-12 funding for Oregon schools.

    Superintendent Hiu attended the Oregon School Boards Association’s “Pace Day” where school districts looked at risk and liability issues.

    He attended the Gresham Breakfast Lions annual scholarship event where thirty GBSD students received scholarships. The Lions Club gives away $10,000 in college scholarships each year.

    Superintendent Hiu continues to meet with his Equity Advisory as they work on district priorities.

    The Superintendent has held three Key Communicator meetings for staff members, community/business/faith-based leaders, and families. A third meeting for Spanish speaking families takes place the week of May 8.

    The Superintendent attended Hogan Cedar Elementary School’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

    An update was provided on the District’s summer programming for 2023.


    Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) Charter School Annual Report

    Public charter schools such as CAL must submit a report to the district and the State Board of Education each year on the performance of the school and its students in the preceding fiscal/school year. This report includes information regarding the goals and assessments relating to student performance, and a look forward at the school year ahead.   

    Action Items

    APPROVED, the 2023-25 Mutual Aid Omnibus Emergency Assistance Agreement with Multnomah ESD as presented

    The agreement provides participating districts with emergency assistance in the form of supplemental personnel, equipment, materials, or other support in the case of an emergency.

    APPROVED, authorizing staff to enter into lease agreements with Kelley Connect and Pacific Office Automation for districtwide copiers

    The lease and maintenance agreements resulting from this RFP are expected to save the district nearly $25,000 per year, based on current consumption rates. Staff requested authorization to negotiate and execute agreements with Kelly Connect and Pacific Office Automation. The five-year values of these agreements are expected to be around $742,455 and $317,405, respectively.   

    APPROVED, the 2023-2024 proposed fees and non-resident tuition in the amount of $10,745 as presented

    The tuition and student fees for the fiscal year 2023-24 are detailed below. Staff plan to utilize ESSER funds to offset the revenue lost by not charging any student participation fees in the 2023-24 school year. Increasing access to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is one way the district is working to support the social/emotional needs of students. 

    Gresham High School Child Development Center

    -Increase in Infant/Toddler Class rate from $32/day to $41/day

    -Increase in Preschool Class rate from $27/day to $36/day

    *These rates are our current best estimates to help families plan ahead. They are subject to slight changes.

    High School Fees

    -There will continue to be no high school student participation fees.

    Middle Schools

    -Because the cost of yearbooks vary by school depending on enrollment & company used, we've moved from a flat fee to varies by school.

    -Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 no longer offers drama, so this fee has been removed.

    -There will continue to be no middle school student participation fees.

    Elementary Schools

    -There will continue to be no elementary school student participation fees.

    The K-12 tuition for non-resident students will remain as $10,745.

    Information Items

    Monthly Financial Report

    Chief Finance Officer Jordan Ely shared the monthly financial update as of March 31, 2023. There has not been any material movement on the overall expenditures since the last report. However, regarding the revenue side of the report, the district was notified by the State, on 4/13/2023, that after its reconciliation process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, it owes the district just over $900 thousand for that year. This is reflected on the "prior year SSF" line item. As a result, the projected ending fund balance is now about $900 thousand greater than last reported.

    View the Monthly Financial Report

    Upcoming meetings

    May 17, 2023

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning-Partnership Room

    June 7, 2023  

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and School Building-Large Conference Room

    June 7, 2023  

    Budget Hearing

    6:45 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building-Council Chambers

    June 7, 2023

    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.