Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session on October 21, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at Walker Elementary School. Present were:
Amy Amrhein ) Chair
Chuck Keil )
Terry Littleton ) Board Members
Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent
Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Chair Amrhein.
II. Roll Check
A roll of the board was taken and all members were present with the exception of Director Lipski.
III. Review Quality Education Model for Elementary Schools
Juli Di Chiro reviewed the results of the Community Survey and responded to questions. Community members were divided into two groups to prioritize the community survey results.
Group A Priorities and Comments
Do people have the information to answer the questions?
Small high schools (research)
All day kindergarten
Class size (3)(maintain small sizes – size of rooms to # of children)
Arts and Music part of day everyday and as a subject
Keep elementary school communities together (1)
Provide a K-8 class situation (1)
Choice programs – small schools in High School (1) (adm)
Arts & Music a strong #2 – K-12 = 4
Could magnet schools be a solution to more of the priorities.
Magnet schools based on philosophy rather than subject matter.
Taking better care of higher achieving students (4)
Special needs (2) But do they get enough or more already?
Curriculum: teaching to test is a problem (5); more languages;
chronological teaching of history
PE = ½ hour every day
Music – more instruments earlier. Making instruments match lessons. Probably not after school…day too long, transportation an issue.
K-8 Arts and Music a magnet, go together.
Languages – breadth of curriculum.
More social and emotional education.
Experiment with alternatives.
Rating of Survey Results:
Decreasing class sizes (3)
Making sure students meet state academic requirements (2)
Improving arts and music programming (6)
More programs/services to students with special instructional needs (-)
Providing more programming for high achieving students (2)
Improve PE programming (more)
Providing magnet elementary schools (maybe)
Providing Full Day Kindergarten (more hours – chore to not go full day)
Providing support to home school families (stay the course)
Providing alternative K-8 school (-)
Having smaller schools with HS (revenue neutral programs only)
Group B Priorities and Comments
Safe small neighborhood schools (7)
Bilingual classroom elementary (2)
High Quality Instruction: (7)
Prep for hiring and mentoring new teachers
Professional development 1 hr/day for collegiality
Implement strategies to increase enrollment & retrieve lost students (4)
Magnet – Thematic approaches:
K-5, K-8 configurations
Arts and Music
Specialized Curriculum – defined sequence
Considerations – Charter or not
An option: each elementary have a “focus”
Special need students – how to handle
Potential “drain” on population
Finding the right staff
Potential “drain” of resources
What’s left at other schools?
Tough choices for kids/parents (or impossible)
Articulation at AMS
Helps transition to high school
Improves familiarity for kids
Kids feel grounded
Good for kids who aren’t ready for middle school
Potential to enhance programs like music, art
All day kindergarten as an option
Use Lincoln to house
See magnet themes for ideas
Good model in Eugene – Mt. View
All Day Kindergarten:
Could increase enrollment (families who need/want all day)
Should be an option
Better for ESL population
Should be cost-neutral
Would not want to dissuade parents from staying at home
Rating of Community Survey Results:
Decreasing class sizes – 8 high
Making sure students meet state academic requirements – 0
Improving arts and music programming – 2 high
Providing more programs/services to students with special instructional
needs – 3 high
Improving PE programming – 2 low
Providing magnet elementary schools – 4 high; 2 low
Providing full day kindergarten as an option – 6 high; 2 low
Providing more support to home school families – 6 low
Improving school athletics – 8 low
Providing alternative K-8 school – 1 high
Having smaller schools with HS – 1 high; 2 low
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary