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.

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    Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action
     
    Meeting of January 7, 2021

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

    Recognitions
    The board recognized several members of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation who have obtained Emeritus Board Member Status.
     
    New Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation Emeritus Board Members:
    • Bob Lilly, Board Service 1994 -2020
    • Linda Nelson, Board Service 1994 – 2020
    • Jan Barkley, Board Service 1994-2020
    • Sue Piazza, Board Service 1998 -2020
    • Vince Patrick, Board Service 2009-2020
    The board also honored Vicki Moen for her years of service as the Executive Director of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation. She served as the executive director from 2015 to 2020.

    View the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation recognition on Facebook
     
    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. We thank the Gresham-Barlow School Board members for the personal time and energy they devote to creating the best schools possible for all students through their volunteer positions.

    View GBSD’s School Board Recognition Month post on Twitter
     
    Gordon Russell Middle School teacher honored for National Board for Professional Teaching (NBPTS) Standards Recertification
    The board recognized Gordon Russell Middle School teacher Michelle Fulsher, who attained recertification for her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification. Earning initial NBPTS certification is rigorous and requires extensive documentation and assessment of one’s teaching. The renewal process requires teachers to show how they have continued their professional involvement and commitment to accomplished teaching. Components of the certification process must provide sufficient evidence of how their practices meet national teaching standards and that their professional growth has focused on elevating student learning.

    In total, the district employs 16 teachers who are nationally certified. Additional teachers from the district have received the certification, but have since not renewed, moved, retired, or joined the administrative ranks.

    View Ms. Fulsher’s recognition on Facebook
     
    Citizens’ Requests of the Board
    Several citizens provided public comment on topics to include bringing sports back, the continuation of comprehensive distance learning, and the opening of covered areas and gyms. These comments have been posted online.

    View the public comments submitted to the school board
     
    Superintendent’s Report
    The superintendent’s report was an update on the District’s work to prepare for resuming in-person instruction. For details, see the “Return to Learn” Update in the Presentations section below.

    Action Items
    APPROVED, a 5 day change to the instructional calendar, dates to be determined to allow for professional learning and classroom set up for hybrid instruction
    These days will be identified and announced prior to the district resuming in-person instruction, which is yet to be determined.

    Presentations
    Return to Learn Update
    On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, Governor Brown announced that beginning January 1, 2021, the school health safety metrics for returning to in-person instruction would become advisory rather than mandatory. The Governor stated that moving forward, the decision to resume in-person instruction must be made locally, at the district level.
     
    At the board meeting, district administration provided the school board with an overview of the latest school health safety metrics, and a set of reopening options. The Oregon Department of Education is expected to release updated guidelines for resuming in-person instruction on January 19. The school board will receive an update at its January 21 board work session.

    View the Return to Learn Update Presentation and Update School Health and Safety Metrics
     
    Information Items
    Nutrition Services Annual Report

    Sodexo Nutrition Services Manager Sheldon Moore reviewed the department’s annual report. The food service management company (Sodexo) employs a staff of more than 90 to provide the nutrition services to approximately 12,000 students at 25 sites. Their main responsibility is preparing and serving meals and meal supplements (snacks) to students and participants in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The program runs on a cost-effective basis. The total of all direct operating costs (including cost of food, supplies, wages, benefits, and other direct costs) must not exceed total program revenues.

    View Highlights from the Nutrition Services Annual Report
     
    Financial Report
    Consistent with the last report, projected revenues continue to decline modestly, but expenditures are following the same trend. The net result is a slight improvement in projected ending fund balance.
     
    The most significant changes to the revenue outlook from the October 31 report include:
    1. Reduction to State School Fund estimate, as released by the Oregon Department of Education on 12/16/2020. The change expected reduction is about $40 thousand for the fiscal year.
    2. Reduction to MESD flow-through. This is the result of reduced State School Fund support for MESD and the district's own reduced enrollment.

    On the expenditure side of the equation, savings from the “Subs/Temp Salaries” line item continue to help offset increases to the “Charter School Payments.”

    Overall, staff are now projecting an ending fund balance of $16.8 million. This projection is likely to change significantly depending on operations when the district returns to in-person instruction and the myriad resulting variables, which are not possible to predict with currently available information.

    View monthly financial report
     
    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.

    January 21
    Board Work Session
    6 pm

    February 4
    Board Work Session
    6 pm

    February 4
    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.