Monday, October 13, 2008

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon – the Board of Directors met in regular session October 13, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers.  Present were:

 

Mat Marr                     )           Chair

Ruth Alexander          )

Keith Massie               )           Directors

Heidi Parker                )

Amy Patton                 )

 

Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Jill Turner, Business Manager

Toni Knox, Certified Representative

Christi Gay, Student Representative

Amie Jacobson, Student Representative

Media Representative

Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant

 

I.

Call to Order

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

II.

Pledge of Allegiance

 

 

 

III.

Roll Check

 

All board members were present.

 

 

 

IV.

Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments

 

Director Marr announced that Superintendent Di Chiro received the Superintendent of the Year for the State of Oregon, as well as the Citizen of the Year by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. 

 

 

 

V.

Consent Agenda

 

It was recommended that the Board approve the consent agenda as presented. 

 

 

 

 

A.

Approve minutes of regular session of September 8, Capital Project Advisory Committee meeting of September 15, and work session of September 22, 2008.   The minutes of September 15 and 22 were amended.  Director Massie moved that the Board approve the consent agenda as amended.  Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

B.

Personnel

 

 

 

 

I.

Employment Recommendations

 

Jessie Camp was recommended as a temporary .30 English as a Second Language Teacher at John Muir Elementary School.  This is a new position funded by the general fund.

 

Rebecca Olien was recommended as a temporary .45 Title I Specialist at John Muir Elementary School.  This is a new position funded by the School Improvement Fund and Title I.

 

 

 

VI.

Hear Public Requests not a part of the agenda

 

There were no public requests.

 

 

 

VII.

Reports

 

 

 

A.

Student and Staff Representative Reports

 

Toni Knox, Certified Representative, reported on activities occurring at all of the schools.

 

Christi Gay, student representative reported on homecoming week activities; the positive impact created by Leroi Dedeaux , the high school crossing guard; and the impact of construction on students, classes, and parking.  Board members suggested that Ms. Gay talk with the Leadership Class about offering car pooling incentives to help alleviate parking issues. 

 

 

 

 

B.

Review Board Policy KJA and KJA-AR on Materials

Distribution

 

Samuel Bogdanove reported on the flyer distribution for the past year explaining that people are now familiar with the policy.  He recommended that the Board revisit the policy every three years rather than annually.  Following discussion, the Board agreed to have a Board Report every three years and receive an annual report in the Board Updates. 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

Class Size and Enrollment Report and Information About Entering and Exiting Students Throughout the District

 

Juli Di Chiro reviewed each school's progress toward achieving class size and student daily contact goals.  She also reviewed students entering and exiting throughout the district schools as well as interdistrict transfers. 

 

Ms. Di Chiro noted that Kindergarten enrollment is lower than projected and that has affected elementary class size.  The demographer has been asked to focus on birth rates.  She explained that overall class size has improved.  It was noted that the class size report included special education students and it should not.  That will be corrected in next year’s report.

 

Ms. Di Chiro noted that about eight high school teachers have more than the goal of 160 student contacts daily and that they are in core classes.  Discussion was also held regarding the limited number of high school counselors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

Project Management Update

 

Gary DeCock, Project Manager, gave an update on construction projects throughout the district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.

District Financial Report

 

Jill Turner reviewed the September financial report, as well as the bond investment report. 

 

 

 

 

 

F.

Superintendent Report

 

Juli Di Chiro reviewed the 2007-08 district and school report cards.  Every school is strong with the exception of Walker who is at Satisfactory because of attendance.    Ms. Di Chiro also discussed the high school redesign as well as the district health promotion program. 

 

The Board took a break at 8:37 pm and reconvened at  8:43 p.m.                          

 

 

 

VIII.

Unfinished  Business

 

 

 

 

A.

Board Policy Revisions - Second Reading

 

Board Policy Revisions BG, CCB, EBC-EBCA, EH, GBD, GCBD-GDBD, and IGBHA were presented for second reading.    Following discussion, amendments were made to policies BGBG, EBC/EBCA, EH and GBD.

 

Director Massie moved to approve Board Policy Revisions BG, CCB, EBC-EBCA, EH, GBD, GCBD-GDBD and IGBHA for second reading as amended.  Director Parker seconded and the motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.

 

 

 

 

 

IX.

New Business

 

 

 

 

A.

Appoint Budget Committee Members

 

The Board received letters of interest from Larry Cooper and Rich Whitley to serve as budget committee members through June 30, 2011.  Director Massie moved to approve Larry Cooper and Rich Whitley to serve as Budget Committee Members from now through June 30, 2011.  Director Alexander seconded, and the motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.

 

 

 

 

B.

Appoint Members for Class Size Study Group and Second Language Task Force

 

Director Alexander announced the applicants for the Second Language Task Force as follows:  Becky DeSalvo, Donna Hertz, Daniel Morris, Kate Nehrbass, Lauren Schaffer, Joan Thorndike, and Lori Wolfe.  She reported that we need to recruit one or two students.  Juli Di Chiro noted that we need to have a teacher from the middle school level.  It was confirmed that Michelle Zundel will be the administrative representative and Ruth Alexander will be the board representative

 

Director Alexander moved that we accept these applicants as members of the second language task force, and that we find at least one student representative and a middle school teacher representative prior to the first meeting.  Chair Marr seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

Director Patton announced the class size study group applicants as follows:  Larry Cooper, Annette Lewis, and Valerie Stein-Retiz.  We still need student representative and a teacher representative.  Following lengthy discussion, the Board agreed to table this process until January.  At that time, the Board will reconsider the committee, review the charge and determine a new recruitment process.  The three applicants will be asked if they would again like to be considered for the committee. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

Adopt Budget Calendar

 

It was recommended that the 2009-10 Budget Calendar be approved as presented.   Director Alexander moved that the Board adopt the 2009-10 Budget Calendar as presented.  Director Parker seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

Board Policy Revisions - First Reading

 

It was recommended that Board Policy Revisions JOA and JOB be approved for first reading as presented. 

 

 Concerns were raised regarding including the student’s electronic address as directory information.  Following discussion, it was agreed to table these policy revisions until they can be addressed in a future work session.

 

 

 

 

 

E.

Approve Resolutions

 

The Board considered the following resolutions.

 

RESOLUTION #2008-15

 

 

Support for Restoration of Simple Majority Voting Requirement

 

 

WHEREAS, the 2007 Oregon Legislature adopted HJR 15, which refers a constitutional amendment proposal to Oregon voters at the November 4, 2008 General Election that would modify a portion of the double-majority requirement, restoring simple majority voting; and

 

WHEREAS, under the so-called ‘double-majority’ requirement, to get voter approval of a finance measure, 50 percent of all registered voters must vote, along with “50 percent plus one vote”, with the exception of General Elections in even-numbered years; and

 

WHEREAS, this requirement places more election power in the hands of citizens who do not vote, rather than those who have decided to exercise this right; and

 

WHEREAS, the so-called ‘double-majority’ requirement has resulted in many jurisdictions crowding the even-numbered General Election ballots with many competing taxing interests; and

 

WHEREAS, the so-called ‘double majority’ requirement has resulted in the failure of several finance measures, despite the measures receiving a majority “yes” vote; and

 

WHEREAS, the 2007 Legislature created a very workable compromise, restoring the simple majority voting requirement for local bond and levy measures on all November and May ballots;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ashland School District Board of Directors of the Ashland School District support the Oregon Legislature’s passage of HJR 15 to restore the simple majority voting requirement to all May and November elections.

 

Resolution #2008-15 regarding double majority, Resolution #2008-16 regarding Federal Deduction; Resolution #2008-17 regarding Merit Pay, and Resolution #2008-18 regarding non-english speaking students. 

 

Kate Nehrbass spoke against ballot measure 58 regarding non-English speaking students.  She also spoke against ballot measure 60 regarding Merit Pay for teachers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLUTION #2008-17

 

Opposition to statewide teacher merit pay mandate

 

WHEREAS, Measure 60 would impose a statewide mandate requiring all school districts to institute a new teacher compensation program, short-circuiting the existing local collective bargaining process; and

 

WHEREAS, the measure lacks the necessary definitions and clarifications that would help local boards to thoroughly understand and effectively implement such a statewide mandate; and

 

WHEREAS, the measure could likely result in discouraging collaboration among teams of teachers in schools and instead foster competition for test scores; and

 

WHEREAS, the official state fiscal impact committee has estimated that Measure 60 would require additional spending of between $30 million and $72 million statewide in the first year and between $30 million and $60 million statewide in subsequent years without raising additional revenues to compensate local districts.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ashland School District Board of Directors opposes the passage of Ballot Measure 60 and its effort to implement an unfunded statewide mandate overhauling the existing local teacher compensation system; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ashland School District Board of Directors urges voters to oppose Ballot Measure 60 and will work to educate local voters about the impact this measure will have on the local control of public schools.

 

 

Resolution #2008-18

 

Statewide Prohibition of Teaching Public School Students in Language other than English for More than 1-2 Years

 

 

WHEREAS, Ballot Measure 58 and its resulting ballot measure would establish a statewide policy that English is the “language of opportunity” and mandate that non-English speaking students shall be immersed in English so they can be mainstreamed as quickly as possible; and

 

WHEREAS, Ballot Measure 58 proposes to place non-English speaking students in English immersion classes for state-specified,  limited time periods based on grade level (a maximum of 1 year for K-4 students; 1.5 years for grades 5-8; and 2 years for grades 9-12); and

 

WHEREAS, current, district-specified courses being taught to assist non-English speaking students who are unable to benefit from classes taught in English would effectively be eliminated,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Ashland School District Board of Directors strongly opposes Ballot Measure 58 because it severely reduces our authority and ability to meet the unique needs of our students who must learn English – while also learning academic skills.

 

Kate Nehrbass spoke against ballot measures 58 regarding non-English speaking students and ballot measure 60 regarding Merit Pay for teachers.

 

Following discussion, Keith Massie moved that the Board adopt Resolutions #2008-15, 16, 17, and 18 as presented.  Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.

 

X.

Board Report

 

Board members reported on the high school redesign meeting, the food service committee, second language task force, Chataqua Lecture Series, and appreciation for letters of recommendations written by teachers to help students enter colleges.

 

 

 

XI.

Announcements and Appointments

 

 

 

 

A.

A Board Work Session will be held on October 27, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room to discuss financial reports and the audit.  An Executive Session will follow in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2)(d) to discuss bargaining. 

 

 

 

 

B.

A Capital Projects Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 3, 2008, at 7:00 pm in the District Board Room.

 

 

 

 

C.

The Oregon School Board Association Annual Convention will be held in Portland on November 13 - 16, 2008.

 

 

 

 

D.

The next regular session will be held on Monday, November 17, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Walker School Library.

 

 

 

 

E.

A Budget Meeting will be held on Monday, November 24, 2008, at 7:00 pm in the District Board Room to receive an update on the district's financial status and discuss development of the 2009-10 proposed budget.

 

 

 

XII.

Adjourn

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.



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