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 11, 2019 

    Board Members Present: Chair Kris Howatt, Jeff Gibbs, Amanda Orozco-Beach, Blake Petersen, and Carla Piluso.



    There were no recognitions.



    There were no presentations.


    Citizens’ Requests of the Board

    There were no citizens’ requests of the board.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Superintendent Perera shared that preparation and planning work is underway for the dual language program which will start this fall at Highland Elementary School. The program was slated to start with one classroom at the kindergarten level, but, due to overwhelming demand, the program will start in the fall in two kindergarten classrooms.

    Superintendent Perera reported that there are several Gresham-Barlow staff members participating in the various programs offered by Warner Pacific College for aspiring educators and current educators looking to continue their education. Six GBSD paraprofessionals are working to earn bachelor of science degrees and ten GBSD educators are working to earn master’s degrees. The program offers classes one evening a week so staff members can continue to work full-time while attending school. 

    Superintendent Perera has been elected to the Oregon School Activities Association’s Executive Board. She will serve as the 6A representative.

    At the request of Superintendent Perera, Deputy Superintendent James Hiu introduced administrators joining the school district. Steve Day is the new director of the Center for Advanced Learning charter school. Jeanne Seamone has been selected to serve as assistant principal at Clear Creek Middle School. Celeste Pellicci is joining the team at Sam Barlow High School as an assistant principal.


    Action Items

    APPROVED, to accept the results of the May 21, 2019 board member election as reported by the Multnomah County and Clackamas County elections offices.

    The results of the May 21, 2019 board member election were reported by Multnomah County and Clackamas County election offices as follows:

    Position 1, Zone 1






    Jeff Gibbs (Incumbent)










    Position 2, Zone 3






    Kris Howatt (Incumbent)










    Position 6, At-Large






    Mayra Gómez (Incumbent)










    Position 7, At-Large






    Amanda Orozco-Beach





    John Hartsock (Incumbent)










    View the certified abstracts of votes received from the Multnomah and Clackamas County Election offices in the Board Agenda


    The oath of office was administered to Jeff Gibbs, Kris G. Howatt, and Amanda Orozco-Beach. They also received their certificates of election. 

    During the May 21, 2019 special election, the following individuals were elected or re-elected to serve on the Gresham-Barlow School District Board of Directors:

    Jeff Gibbs 

       Position 1, Zone 1

    Kris Howatt 

       Position 2, Zone 3

    Amanda Orozco-Beach

       Position 7, Zone At-Large

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    APPROVED, electing Blake Petersen chair for 2019-20

    APPROVED, electing Mayra Gómez vice-chair for 2019-20

    APPROVED, by one motion, Resolutions 1920-04 through 1920-08 for fiscal year 2019-20.

    View the resolutions in the school board agenda

    APPROVED, adopting the 2019-20 regular board meeting schedule as presented.

    The school board meeting calendar for 2019-20 will be posted to the district website:

    View the meeting calendar in the school board agenda

    APPROVED, amended board policy FFB, Names on Building Plaques

    This policy was brought before the board for a first reading at the May 23, 2019 work session. As a part of the 2016 Capital Construction Bond, the district is nearly finished with significant renovations at Gresham and Sam Barlow High Schools and replacement schools at North Gresham and East Gresham Elementary Schools.

    With that in mind, the administration needs to order plaques for these projects. Prior to ordering the dedication/rededication plaques, the administration asked the school board to review revised policy FFB and make any changes necessary changes. The school board approved the revised board policy with an amendment. The amendment directs the administration to include the date of the school dedication on the plaque rather than the groundbreaking date.

    View revised policy FFB in the school board agenda


    Information Items

    Financial Update

    Chief Finance Officer Mike Schofield presented a financial report/summary for the school district ending May 31, 2019, along with a school bond financial summary.

    View the Financial Report and Bond Financial Summary


    Upcoming meetings

    August 22, 2019

    Board Summer Social (No Meeting)

    5 pm to 7 pm

    Club Paesano

    Gresham, OR

    August 23, 2019

    Board Strategic Planning Session

    8 am to 5 pm

    Center for Advanced Learning

    Partnership Room

    September 5, 2019      

    Board Work Session 

    6 pm

    Public Safety and Schools Building

    Council Chambers Conference Room

    Sept. 5, 2019     

    Regular Board Meeting 

    7 p.m.

    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.