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Boardreport





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. 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.

Below you will find the latest edition of the Board Report.
To view back issues click here.


Boardreport
Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action


Meeting of April 6, 2017

Board Members Present
: Vice-Chair Kris Howatt, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Matt O’Connell, and Kent Zook.

Presentations/Recognitions
All Hands Raised
All Hands Raised Chief Executive Officer Dan Ryan presented information on the group’s work with the Gresham-Barlow School District. All Hands Raised provides in-kind coaching and technical support to help teams identify, measure, and evaluate tangible practices to improve educational outcomes for students. Staff members from Gresham High School and Sam Barlow High School joined Mr. Ryan during his presentation. The high school teams are working to increase the number of students who fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Research shows students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to go on to college. All Hand Raised also works with Highland Elementary School and Hall Elementary School.

Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the board.
 
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Schlachter shared that he will be meeting with staff, parents, business leaders, community members, and representatives from the faith-based community this spring during Key Communicator meetings. Topics addressed at the meetings include:

  • Gresham-Barlow’s Promising Practices to Increase Student Success
  • 2017-18 Budget for Schools Preview
  • Update on the 2016 Bond (General Overview)
  • Update on $1.3 million Technology Grant aimed at increasing literacy
  • The School Bond Construction Schedule: What to Expect
  • School Bond: Working with police/fire on safety improvements
  • Accountability: The role of the Bond oversight committee 

Individuals who would like to attend an upcoming Key Communicator meeting should email Communications Director Athena Vadnais at vadnais@gresham.k12.or.us for more information.
 
Action Items
REVIEWED, administration’s recommendation that the board consider “Ready Common Core” by Curriculum Associates as the elementary math adoption, kindergarten through fifth grades, to begin with the 2017-18 school year
A committee of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches looked at very specific criteria and used evaluation tools designed to evaluate the alignment of materials to the rigor and content of current standards. As a result of these efforts, the committee recommended purchasing “Ready Common Core” as a district K-5 math resource. Adoption will be recommended at a subsequent meeting.
 
REVIEWED, the administration’s recommendation that the board consider these listed resources as high school math adoptions, to begin with the 2017-18 school year
Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3: “Big Ideas” by HMH
Pre-Calculus: “Pre Calculus with Limits” by Cengage
Calculus/IB SL: “Baccalaureate Standard Level” by Pearson
IB Studies: “IB Math Studies SL” by Oxford
IB HL: “Calculus for AP” by Cengage
A committee of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches looked at very specific criteria and used evaluation tools designed to evaluate the alignment of materials to the rigor and content of current standards. Adoption will be requested at a subsequent meeting.
 
APPROVED, furniture purchases for East Orient, Highland, Hogan Cedars, Kelly Creek, Powell Valley, West Gresham, and Springwater Trail High School with a not-to-exceed amount of $1,500,000 using KCDA contract for targeted delivery August 2017
This purchase is a part of the district’s furniture replacement plan for all schools. Additional furniture acquisitions will take place in subsequent years using a phased process. Funding is from the 2016 capital construction bond approved by voters. A committee of administrative, licensed, and classified staff came to consensus on what furniture met the needs of teachers, met the quality that was needed within the classroom, and provided flexibility for future uses. This furniture purchase is targeted for delivery in August of 2017.
 
REVIEWED, the administration’s recommendation to grant conditional approval of the Metro East Web Academy Charter School renewal, as delineated in numbers 1 through 6, and subject to a successful contract negotiation
The school board is expected to make a decision on the renewal at the April 27 board work session.
 
REVIEWED, the administration’s recommendation to grant conditional approval of the Gresham Arthur Academy Public Charter School renewal as delineated and subject to the negotiation of a contract
The school board is expected to make a decision on the renewal at the April 27 board work session.
 
REVIEWED, the administration’s recommendation to grant conditional approval of the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School renewal for five-years based on 80% ADM, subject to the negotiation of a contract
The school board is expected to make a decision on the renewal at the April 27 board work session.
 
APPROVED, adopting the resolution which acknowledges the importance of the efforts made by volunteers in the schools and which declares April 17-21, 2017, as Volunteer Appreciation Week in the Gresham-Barlow School District
 
APPROVED, ratifying the resolution recognizing May 8-12, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Week, and May 9, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Day in the Gresham-Barlow School District
 
APPROVED, adding a special work session to the 2016-17 board meeting schedule to be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6 p.m., in the council chambers conference room at the school district administration office
 
APPROVED, accepting the nonresident admissions and releases for the 2017-18 school year, as presented
The school board approved a minimum of 75 transfers into the school district, some of which were previously allocated for Open Enrollment. All requests are reviewed with the building principal relative to class size considerations prior to approval. In addition, the board approved authorizing 50 releases from the school district. These transfers would be new and are considered permanent as the current law eliminates the need for subsequent year approval.
 
APPROVED, calendars for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-2020 as presented for second reading
Note: Changes were made from what was presented for first reading on March 9, 2017. The changes take into account the unique location of the New Years’ holiday, end-of-year schedules for students and staff, and the expected bond construction projects in June of 2018.

Information Items
Bond Oversight Committee
The district is currently seeking applicants for the Capital Construction Bond Citizen Oversight Committee. The committee will monitor and regularly report to the school board on the progress of the school bond program. Committee membership will reflect a combination of experience in development, building design, construction and construction financing, public contracting, budgeting and/or auditing. The deadline to apply for the committee is Friday, May 5, 2017. Information is on the district website.
 
National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Convention
Board members Kris Howatt, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, and Kathy Ruthruff attended the National School Boards Association Annual Convention along with Superintendent Jim Schlachter. Board members attended presentations on various topics to include increasing student achievement, marketing and branding, the use of technology in schools, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
 
Upcoming meetings

April 13
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Public Safety and Schools Building
 
April 27
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
 
May 4
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Public Safety and Schools Building
 
May 4
Regular Board Meeting
7 p.m.
Public Safety and Schools Building

Can’t Attend Board Meetings?

You can 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.

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