Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in regular session on January 10, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers. Present were:
Amy Amrhein ) Chair
Chuck Keil )
Sheryl Lipski ) Board Members
Terry Littleton )
Heidi Parker )
Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent
Loren Luman, Business Manager
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair Amrhein.
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Roll Check
A roll of the board was taken and all members were present.
IV. Welcome Visitors
Chair Amrhein welcomed visitors.
V. Consent Agenda
1. Approve minutes of regular session of December 13, 2004.
David Coldiron, Ashland High School Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach submitted his letter of intent to resign as a Head Football Coach effective immediately and as a teacher effective June 10, 2005. It was recommended that his resignation be accepted as presented.
Peg Hanson, Half-Time Math Teacher at Ashland High School, submitted a letter of resignation effective December 17, 2004. Ms. Hanson will continue the half-time Math Position at Ashland Middle School. It was recommended that her resignation be accepted as presented.
b. Employment Recommendations
Mary McInerney was recommended as a Temporary half-time Catalyst Teacher at Ashland High School replacing Nathan Hensley who resigned.
Director Keil moved that the Board approve the consent agenda as amended. Director Lipski seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
1. Report on Pertussis
Judy Blickenstaff reviewed the illness of Pertussis and explained the precautions.
2. Student and Staff Representative Reports
Andrew Ainsworth, Student Representative, reported a tsunami fundraiser and other activities at the high school.
Diane DeMerritt, Certified Representative, reported on elementary teacher inservice, Martin Luther King Day, and teacher appreciation of the information provided on the Ashland Quality Education Model.
Ron Dulaney, Classified Representative, reported on classified union efforts regarding the lottery commission.
3. Ashland Schools Foundation Report
Susan Bacon reported on the annual fundraising kickoff to begin March 28, and the Buy in for Books Program.
4. Annual Site Council Goals
Principals reported on their site council activities and goals.
5. Report on CDIP Goals
Juli Di Chiro reported on the progress toward adopting the CDIP goals and outlined the new process from the Department of Education for district improvement plans. Goals identified included attendance, Talented and Gifted, review of the Math program, and the creation of a stronger and safer educational environment in each of the schools.
6. AQEM Report
Juli Di Chiro reported that she has been meeting with school staffs and site councils to provide feedback on the Ashland Quality Education Model and collect data. She will provide a fully edited draft of the AQEM model to the Board at a work session on February 28. At that meeting, the Board will gather additional community input. The final AQEM edition should be given to the Board in March. Michael Hays spoke about public participation in the AQEM and problems of the schools.
7. Board Report
Board members reported on community input and a town meeting with state senators.
8. Superintendent Report
Juli Di Chiro read a proclamation for School Board Appreciation Month.
Loren Luman reported on PCBs in the district reporting that the district has been evaluated and the district will notify the regional Environmental Protection Agency to develop a plan to remediate the PCBs. Cost of removal is approximately $800,000 and hopefully can be delayed until the next bond.
VII. Hear public requests not a part of the agenda
Community members reported on the Save Our Schools and Playgrounds Committee.
VIII. New Business
1. Accept Donation
Dale Rooklyn reported that a family donated $6,000 to the Ashland Middle School to enhance the visual arts program. Director Keil moved that the Board accept the donation as presented. Sheryl Lipski seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
2. Recommendations from the Youth Activity Levy Committee
Mat Marr, Chairman of the Youth Activity Levy Committee gave the following committee recommendations for spending this year’s undesignated funds: provide a district coordinator for Adaptive Physical Education, increase funding of club sports to $250 per athlete, provide $1,500 for the Marimba club, provide $10,000 for a program at Ashland Middle School for uninvolved youth. Director Keil approved the process for the recommendations as recommended. Director Lipski seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
3. Approve Assurance Report
Juli Di Chiro reported that the district is in compliance with all of the Division 22 Standards, and responded to questions. Director Littleton moved that the Board approve the 2004-05 Assurance Report as presented. Director Keil seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
4. Board Policy Revisions – First Reading
The following policies were presented to the Board for first reading:
AC - Nondiscrimination
GBA - Equal Employment Opportunity
JB - Equal Educational Opportunity
Juli Di Chiro will clarify if the new language in policies AC and JB means that the Board will be adopting administrative regulations.
Director Keil moved that the Board approve Board Policy Revisions AC, GBA, and JB for first reading as presented. Director Lipski seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
5. Appoint Board Task Force Between the School Board and Parks Commission
This agenda item was eliminated.
IX. Old Business
1. Board Policy Revisions – Second Reading
The following policies were presented to the Board for second reading.
GCBF - Break in Service
IKGA - Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) Proficiency Standards
Director Keil moved that the Board approve Board Policy Revisions GCBF and IKGA for second reading as presented. Director Lipski seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
X. Announcements and Appointments
A Board Retreat and executive session will be held on Friday, January 21, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 635 Weller Lane, Ashland.
A Board work session will be held on Monday, January 24, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room to meet with Budget Committee Members to review the district’s financial status and possible budget goals for the 2005-06 school year.
The Board scheduled a work session for potential new board members on February 3, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room.
The next regular session will be held on February 14, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary