Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session January 24, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. in the District Board Room.    Present were: 


Heidi Parker                 )            Chair


Ruth Alexander            )          

Amy Amrhein               )            Board Members

Mat Marr                     )

Amy Patton                  )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Kate Dixon, Consultant

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


I.          Call to Order


            The meeting was called to order at 9:08 a.m.


II.         Roll Check


            A roll of the board was taken and all members were present with the exception of Director Alexander.  Director Alexander arrived at 9:25 a.m.


III.       Discuss Strategic Planning


Board members discussed their reflections of the previous day’s work session.  Reflections included the following.  Strategic planning is the Board’s responsibility.  The work has been done; the facilities work needs to bring it to conclusion.  Staff needs to be acknowledged more.  The community wants to be part of the leadership process.  Consider implementing something similar to the Tiding’s Readers Board.  Working on the strategic planning this year would benefit bond passage.  To obtain excellence, students need to be able to transition curriculum from elementary to middle to high school level.  Every child needs an activity at every level.  Kate Dixon explained that these comments are all part of the content of a strategic plan.  Quality lies in how those elements are aligned in the strategic plan.  The district needs more infrastructure to obtain feedback on results to share with the community.  The strategic plan could include a timeline and a strategy for obtaining feedback.  Models of feedback can include an annual report, a state of the schools address, briefing.  A cycle to share feedback generally occurs between June and September.


Kate Dixon discussed the process for strategic planning. Futures planning and strategic planning can be designed to cover elements not included in the Ashland Quality Education Model.  Everyone agreed that a strategic plan would need to be completed before next September because of the bond efforts.  The Board discussed a one-day event, a conference, to bring the community together to discuss the future of the district including an element of process for strategic direction.  The purpose of the event would be to think collectively, build a sense of community, and consider the important work to be done in the district.  An outcome of the event would be educational leadership themes for the Board.


The Board scheduled a community conference to be held on March 18.  The first planning meeting of the Board was tentatively scheduled for February 9 between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. The second planning meeting was tentatively scheduled the afternoon of March 3 with Kate Dixon participating by telephone. 


IV.            Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:11 a.m.

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