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 September 2, 2021


    Board Members Present: Chair Mayra Gómez, Kris Howatt, Cathy Keathley, Amanda Orozco-Beach, Blake Petersen, Carla Piluso, and Holly Riegelmann



    Gresham-Barlow School District receives National School Public Relations Awards for Communications

    The school board honored Communications Director Athena Vadnais. At the National School Public Relations (NSPRA) Seminar in July, the Gresham-Barlow School District received several awards in NSPRA's 2021 Publications and Electronic Media Contest. The contest is open to school districts across the country. Entries are judged on the overall excellence of the entry as well as its quality compared to other entries in the category submitted by like-size school districts. Publication entries (including e-newsletters) are judged on content, quality of writing, effective audience targeting, graphic layout and overall design. Digital media entries are judged for content, professional quality, effective audience targeting and accessibility. The top award in each category is the Award of Excellence.


    The Gresham-Barlow School District's awards are listed on the NSPRA website and below.

    -Award of Excellence: Employee Newsletter: The Insider

    -Award of Excellence: Building Blocks School Bond Newsletter

    -Award of Merit: GBSD Seal of Biliteracy Recipient Spotlight on Facebook

    -Award of Merit: GBSD Website

    -Award of Honorable Mention: GBSD Update-Newsletter for Families


    Since 2013, the school district has earned 30 national awards from NSPRA in the Publications and Electronic Media Contest. 

    View the Recognition on Twitter



    Return to Learn Update

    Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Schools John Koch provided the school board with an overview of the latest school health safety metrics and plans for returning to school. 

    View the Presentation


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    Jennie Richard shared her concerns about the start of school and the COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

    View the written comment submitted to the school board


    Update from the Superintendent and District Leadership

    Superintendent James Hiu shared that the school district was preparing for the start of the 2021-22 school year. The week of August August 30 the District held its All-Staff Convocation Celebration. The theme of this year’s event was “Your Piece of the Puzzle.” Staff members at schools and district sites met simultaneously the morning of September 1. The event included videotaped interviews with students and staff, performances by a GBSD Joint Choir and interactive activities.

    Executive Director of Human Resources Debra James shared the results of a survey of district staff regarding the COVID-19 vaccination mandate issued by Governor Brown. As of September 2, 91.4% of staff reported they were fully vaccinated, 3.6% reported they planned to get vaccinated by October 18, 4.8% of staff reported they plan to submit an exception. One staff member reported they were not planning on getting the vaccination.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, nominating School Board Director Kris Howatt for Position 18 on the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board of Directors

    All even-numbered positions, except Position 16, plus Positions 1, 11 and 15, on the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board of Directors are up for election. This year all Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) positions are also up for election.

    In Multnomah County, there is currently one OSBA director seat open, Position 18. Position 18 is currently held by Kris Howatt. Director Howatt has expressed a desire to continue her serve on the OSBA Board of Directors.

    Boards will be asked to vote on the candidates following the conclusion of all OSBA Fall Regional Meetings.


    APPROVED, contracts with Garland Industries in the amounts of $328,586 for Sam Barlow High School and $269,392 for Gresham High Schools’ respective pool roofing projects

    This work is needed to prevent environmental damage, to keep the buildings operable, and to address the issues causing the ceiling paint to peel at both sites (the ceilings will be repainted with separate contracts). Work is expected to take place through the winter and spring.


    APPROVED, accepting Director Carla Piluso’s letter of resignation from Position 4, At-Large, of the Gresham-Barlow School District Board of Directors, effective September 3, 2021, and declare the position vacant

    Board Policy BBD/BBE provides that the board will fill the vacancy through board appointment. It states that, "The appointee will serve until June 30 following the next election, at which time the individual elected in May of that year will fill the remaining portion of an unexpired term or serve a full four-year term; or will serve until June 30 of a subsequent election year if the vacancy occurs after the filing date in an election year."

    The school board made a special presentation to Director Piluso to honor her 12 years of service on the Gresham-Barlow School Board.

    View the Recognition on Facebook


    Information Items

    There were no information items.


    Upcoming meetings

    Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 state-wide restrictions, and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, future meetings of the Gresham-Barlow School Board will be presented online to allow for public attendance at the meeting. The Board of Directors and some members of the administration will meet in-person for upcoming meetings. They will abide by mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines during the meetings.

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


    September 16, 2021

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Partnership Room

    Center for Advanced Learning

    October 14, 2021

    Board Work Session

    6 pm

    Council Chambers Conference Room

    Public Safety and Schools Building


    October 14, 2021

    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.