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 November 7, 2019


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



    Assistant Principal of the Year

    The school board honored Dexter McCarty Middle School Principal Amy Nimz for being named the 2020 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). Ms. Nimz has served as the assistant principal of DMMS since 2012.


    View the photo from the board meeting on Facebook


    2019 Instructional Leader of the Year

    The school board recognized East Gresham Elementary School Principal Dr. Kimberly Miles, who was named 2019 Instructional Leader of the Year by the Gresham-Barlow School District. Miles was also honored at the all-district staff Convocation celebration in August.


    View the photo from the board meeting on Twitter


    Presentations/Highlight on Instruction

    Kelly Creek Elementary School Instruction Highlight

    Throughout the school year, schools in the district will share highlights of ongoing instruction taking place in their building. Principal Beth Fraze provided the overview which included information on Kelly Creek’s school improvement plan and how it aligns with the District’s work.


    View the Kelly Creek Elementary School Presentation



    Sam Barlow High School Instruction Highlight

    Principal Bruce Schmidt shared highlights of the ongoing instruction taking place at Sam Barlow High School. She shared how Barlow’s school improvement plans aligns with the school district’s strategic investment areas.


    View the Sam Barlow High School Presentation


    Student Success Act Update

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs shared an update on the Student Success Act. During the 2019 Legislative Session, state lawmakers passed the Student Success Act (SSA) into law. The law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in Oregon schools and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families. The act creates a new business tax dedicated to early learning and K-12 education. It is estimated the tax will generate approximately $1 billion a year for education in Oregon.


    In the 2019-21 biennium, the SSA is expected to add $200 million to the State School Fund with the remaining funds divided among three targeted accounts: Student Investment Account, Early Learning Account, Statewide Education Initiatives.


    The Student Investment Account is expected to provide a close to $500 million investment that goes directly to Oregon schools. It is a non-competitive grant program.


    One of the most promising aspects of this new law is that it is rooted in the ideas of authentic community engagement and equity by supporting school leaders to work with their partners - students, families, communities, and staff, particularly underserved or marginalized groups - in their strategic planning efforts.


    Input meetings for both staff and community members have taken place during October. There is also an online survey for those individuals who cannot attend a meeting. Information is available on the Gresham-Barlow School District website.


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Lindsay Englert submitted written comments on class size and various research on the subject.


    Brenda Schulz, a school district parent, shared that she was concerned about the disruption changes to school district boundaries would have on her students.


    Jill Neighorn, a teacher in the school district, shared the challenges schools are having as students come to school with trauma and mental health issues. She encouraged the school board to consider ways Student Success Act funds could be used to proactively and progressively address this challenge.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Perera shared that the District has been reaching out to key stakeholders to  gather feedback about the Student Success Act and how the funds should be used. Students, staff, families, and community members can share their input online by visiting the Gresham-Barlow School District Student Success Act Webpage.


    Superintendent Perera reported that the District’s annual “Principal for a Day” event took place October 29. In addition to offering community leaders the opportunity to shadow a school principal, this year, the district’s superintendent, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent were each partnered with a community member. Event participants visited Highland Elementary School to see the District’s new Dual Language Immersion Program in action.


    Superintendent Perera shared that the dedication ceremony for East Gresham Elementary school takes place November 12 at 6:30 pm. The District will host the Greater Gresham Chamber of Commerce “Chamber AM” on November 22.


    Deputy Superintendent James Hiu introduced Lakeyshua Washington. Ms. Washington will join the school district in December serving as the Director of Teaching and Learning at the secondary level.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission’s (MHCRC) TechSmart Grant Agreement

    MHCRC has awarded GBSD TechSmart funds of $706,788 over three years. The funds will be used to embed technology in middle school mathematics. The project leverages the power of technology in the hands of teachers and students as a teaching and learning tool for the purpose of providing intensive and targeted support for increasing student achievement in mathematics. The project will specifically target math achievement of 8th grade students and the math credit attainment of students in 9th grade the following year.



    Delayed for consideration at a subsequent meeting:

    Move to approve the purchase of HP Chromebooks and associated software and carts with a not-to-exceed amount of $315,000 using purchasing contracts through the Oregon Educational Technology Consortium


     Information Items

    Financial Update

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


    View the Financial Report and Bond Financial Summary


    ODE State Report Card

    Assistant Superintendent Lisa Riggs presented the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) yearly report cards for schools and districts. The 2018-19 report cards were released on October 17, 2019.


    View School and District Report Cards Online


    Upcoming meetings


    November 21, 2019

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning

    Partnership Room


    December 5, 2019

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers Conference Room


    December 5, 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.