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

Meeting of October 5, 2017
Board Members Present: Chair Kris Howatt, Vice-Chair Sharon Garner, John Hartsock, Matt O’Connell, Carla Piluso, Blake Petersen, and Kathy Ruthruff.
Gresham-Barlow Doctoral Staff
The school board recognized district staff members who have earned their doctoral degrees within the last two years. The staff members are: Dr. David Atherton, Dr. Sally Harris, Dr. Teresa Ketelsen, Dr. Tracy Klinger, and Dr. Erin Shepherd
Community Care Day Honorees
The school board honored the churches that took the lead in coordinating “Community Care Day 2017.” For the past several years, volunteers from area churches have come together to prepare our school grounds for the start of school during the month of August. This year more than 450 volunteers donated more than 1,925 volunteer hours.
Community Care Day 2017 Lead Churches:
Cornerstone Church
East Hill Church
Good Shepherd Community Church
Grace Community Church
First Baptist Church
Gresham Bible Church
Mountain View Christian Church
Community Schools Appreciation Week
In honor of Community Schools Appreciation Week, held September 25-29, the school board recognized the SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School Site Managers.
Alejandra Alavos-EGES-El Programa Hispano Catilco
Stefany Avila-HAES-El Programa Hispano Catilco
Betty Garfias Alarcon-HIES-El Programa Hispano Catilco
Brian Sexton-NGES-Metropolitan Family Service
Pedro Farfan-CCMS-El Programa Hispano Catilco
Terralyn Wiley-DMMS-Metropolitan Family Service
Kennery Barrera-GRMS-Metropolitan Family Service
Laurel Hess-GHS-Metropolitan Family Service
High School Programs
Administrators from the district’s three high schools shared information on programs that allow students to increase their depth of knowledge in specific content areas and provide opportunities to demonstrate their understanding and skills. The following programs were highlighted:
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Dual Credit College Courses
Middle College
Citizens’ Requests of the Board
There were no citizens’ requests of the school board.
Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Perera shared that she presented at the Gresham Chamber’s Business and Leaders Luncheon. As a part of her “Listening and Learning Tour,” she is holding Key Communicator meetings and leading participants in a discussion on how to improve the district’s educational program. While attending a conference for superintendents in Washington, D.C., Superintendent Perera met with representatives from Oregon’s congressional delegation and urged them to oppose cuts to funding for public education.
Action Items
APPROVED, accepting the approximate donation of $10,320 from the East Gresham Parent Teacher Organization. The East Gresham Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has motioned to dissolve. Participants will continue to support the school through fund-raising efforts as individual parents. The funds will be used for student field trips and activities, which is the same designation that the PTO had established for these monies.
Information Items
Opening of School Enrollment and Class Size Report
Deputy Superintendent Teresa Ketelsen and Executive Director of Elementary Education Julie Evans shared enrollment numbers and class sizes. This year’s September 25 enrollment totaled 10,951 students, representing 67 below projections.
Elementary School Class Size Averages

  Kg 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2014-15 26.6 27.7 28.7 29.8 30.4 32.8
2015-16 24.2 25.7 27.5 28.5 32 30.2
2016-17 23.2 25.7 27.5 30.0 31.4 32.7
2017-18 24.0 25.5 29.7 29.6 32.2 31.9
Middle School Class Size Averages
  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
2014-15 30.7 28.8 28.4
2015-16 26.4 29.8 28.6
2016-17 29.1 29.3 25.0
2017-18 26.9 28.6 29.1
High School Class Size Averages-Core Classes
GHS Core Class Average
  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 31.3 31.6 31.6 28.2
Science 31.5 34.0 34.0 34.7
Social Studies 31.6 34.0 34.0 33.8
Language Arts 30.1 32.9 32.9 30.4
SBHS Core Class Average
  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 30.0 31.6 33.0 29.8
Science 32.9 34.0 33.4 33.0
Social Studies 32.3 34.0 34.2 34.1
Language Arts 32.3 32.9 32.7 32.8
STHS Core Class Average
  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15
Math 17.9 24.3 23.9 23.7
Science 24.8 24.7 22.3 20.8
Social Studies 20.7 21.2 21.7 21.0
Language Arts 19.9 24.7 24.1 19.0

Upcoming meetings
October 19
School Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
November 2
Board Work Session
6 p.m.
Public Safety and Schools Building
November 2
Board Business 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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