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.
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Gresham-Barlow School District-Electronic Summary of Board Action
Meeting of March 9, 2017
Board Members Present: Chair Carla Piluso, Vice-Chair Kris Howatt, Sharon Garner, John Hartsock,†Matt OíConnell, Kathy Ruthruff, and Kent Zook.
Gresham-Barlow School District Facilities Department
The school board recognized the exemplary efforts of the districtís facilities department staff during our inclement weather days. The GBSD/GBEA/OSEA Student Safety and Discipline Committee also thanked the facilities staff for their extra efforts to prepare buildings and grounds for staff and students. During school closures day and prior to the reopening of school facilities staff spent many hours in the cold plowing parking lots and clearing sidewalks.†
Citizensí Requests of the Board
There were no citizensí requests of the board.
Superintendent Schlachter thanked Executive Director of Human Resources Randy Bryant for his many years of service to the district. Mr. Bryant is retiring at the end of the school year. During his tenure with the district, he has served as executive director of human resources and as principal of Damascus Middle School and Gordon Russell Middle School. As executive director of human resources, Mr. Bryant led the work to redesign the evaluation and supervision process for all three staff groups, worked to ensure policies and practices were aligned, and led efforts to increase the districtís collaboration with its employee associations.
The school district is in the process of putting together a proposed budget for 2017-18. Several factors need to be considered including the amount of state funding the legislature eventually devotes to K-12 schools, the impact of Measures 98 and 99, and reductions to Title 1 funding at the federal level. The district will present its proposed budget to the Budget Committee on May 11.
The Center for Advanced Learning will begin strategic planning work in March. The goal of the work is to envision what the program should look like in the future. A review of programs currently being offered to students will be included.†
APPROVED, the Superintendent Profile as presented
The Superintendent Search Committee, working with the superintendent search consultant, developed a profile of the districtís new superintendent. The process included input from staff, parents, students, the community, and the school board. The deadline to apply for the superintendent position is April 3, 2017.
APPROVED, accepting the $25,000 donation from Weston KIA, which will provide additional resources for the districtís early kindergarten transition program and bolster the districtís credit recovery program for high school students
Weston KIA generously donated the funds at a special ceremony at the school district office on February 28. Jan Weston, chairman/CFO of Weston KIA presented the check to the school district at the ceremony.
APPROVED, ratifying the resolution recognizing March 6-10, 2017, as Classified School Employees Week in the Gresham-Barlow School District
March 6-10, 2017, is Classified School Employees Week. The resolution passed by the school board acknowledges the importance of a strong local school system and the contribution that classified employees make to that system.
REVIEWED, calendars for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-2020 as presented for first reading
Adoption of these calendars will be recommended at a subsequent meeting.
APPROVED, contracts with Fortis Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis with an initial not-to-exceed amount of $125,000 each for pre-construction services pending successful contract negotiations
An interview committee made up of school and district administrators and representatives from Cornerstone Management Group recommended the firms selected. Fortis Construction will work on the Gresham High School project and Lease Crutcher Lewis will work on the Sam Barlow High School project.
APPROVED, contracts with Bremik Construction and P & C Construction with an initial not-to-exceed amount of $80,000 each for pre-construction services pending successful contract negotiations
An interview committee made up of school and district administrators and representatives from Cornerstone Management Group recommended the firms selected. Bremik Construction will work on the North Gresham Elementary School project and P & C Construction will work on the East Gresham Elementary School project.
APPROVED, appointing Darrell Buell to budget committee Position 2, for a three-year term expiring June 30, 2019
APPROVED, appointing Amanda Gayken to budget committee Position 4, for a one-year term expiring June 30, 2017
APPROVED, appointing Justin Weatherford to budget committee Position 5, for a three-year term expiring June 30, 2019
To serve on the districtís budget committee, candidates must live in the district, be a registered voter, and may not be an officer or employee of the district. The first Budget Committee Meeting is at 7 pm on March 23 at the Center for Advanced Learning.
Transportation Services Update
Representatives from First Student provided a report on student transportation services for the district. In 2016 First Student buses traveled 900,247 home-to-school miles and provided transportation to 7,337 students in the school district. †
There were no information items.
Budget Committee Meeting
Center for Advanced Learning
Board Work Session
Public Safety and Schools Building
Public Safety and Schools Building
Canít 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.