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 July 6, 2022

    Board Members PresentChair Mayra Gómez, Vice-Chair Kris Howatt, Dr. Shawn Farrens, Cathy Keathley, Blake Petersen, and Holly Riegelmann


    There were no recognitions.


    There were no recognitions.

    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Citizens provided written public comments to the school board on the summer school indoor mask requirement.

    View the Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Hiu introduced Becky Kadrmas, who has been selected to serve as West Orient Middle School Principal.

    Superintendent Hiu also shared masks were now being required in District schools and facilities. On June 30, the Oregon Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control raised the COVID-19 risk level for Multnomah County to “High.” In addition to requiring masks, the district is also using various layered mitigation measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The District is closely monitoring the COVID-19 levels in the community so that the mask mandate can be lifted as soon as possible. Superintendent Hiu also shared the District is looking for opportunities to hold classes and meal periods outdoors where masks are optional.

    Discussion on Masks

    The school board discussed the GBSD mask requirement with District administration. The discussion will be continued at the school board’s July 13 board work session

    Action Items

    APPROVED, electing the Gresham-Barlow School Board’s current slate to serve as board chair and vice-chair for 2022-23 (Chair Mayra Gómez, Vice-Chair Kris Howatt)

    APPROVED, by one motion, Resolutions 2023-04 through 2023-08 for fiscal year 2022-23

    View the resolutions/annual procedural business in the school board agenda

    APPROVED, adopting the 2022-23 regular board meeting schedule as presented.

    View the meeting calendar in the school board agenda

    APPROVED, Policy BDDH as presented

    This policy was pulled from the Consent Agenda so it could be discussed. The topic will be revisited at the school board’s strategic planning session in August.

    Information Items

    Monthly Financial Update as of May 31, 2022

    Chief Financial Officer Jordan Ely reported that there have not been substantial changes since the last report, and the ending fund balance projection is still materially the same at $25.4 million. That figure could change up to $600 thousand in either direction with year-end journal entries as staff work to maximize the grant funds available. Late tax revenues are also inconsistent and therefore not easy to predict. This report projects a little over $100 thousand in tax payments would be received in June, but as of the date this summary was written, no funds had been received. 

    Any retroactive salary payments resulting from bargaining will now be recognized in the 2022-23 fiscal year and will not have an impact on the 2021-22 ending fund balance. 

    A more reliable, but unaudited, ending balance will be provided at the Board's August meeting. Audited financials will likely be delivered in December or January. 

    View the Monthly Financial Report as of May 31, 2022

    Upcoming meetings

    Pursuant to Oregon House Bill 2560(3)(a), which became effective January 1, 2022, "All meetings held by a governing body of a public body, excluding executive sessions, must provide to members of the general public, to the extent reasonably possible, an opportunity to: Access and attend the meeting by telephone, video or other electronic or virtual means." A Zoom link for virtual meeting attendance will be provided for upcoming meetings.

    Meeting links will be sent out with the public meeting notices and posted on the board meetings webpage.

    Board Work Session

    July 13

    6 pm 


    August 18

    Board Summer Social (No Meeting)

    5 to 7 pm

    Location: TBD

    Gresham, OR

    August 19

    Board Strategic Planning Session

    8 am to 5 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning 

    Partnership Room

    September 7

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers Conference Room

    September 7

    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.