Monday, March 29, 2004

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session on March 29, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at Bellview Elementary.  Present were: 


Amy Amrhein            )            Chair


Chuck Keil            )          

Terry Littleton            )

Heidi Parker            )            Board Members                     

Ellie Thivierge)


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Loren Luman, Business Manager

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary

District Administrators

Media Representatives


I.          Call to Order


            The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chair Amrhein.


II.         Roll Check


            A roll of the board was taken and all members were present.


III.            Ashland Quality Education Model for Elementary Schools


            Juli Di Chiro gave a PowerPoint presentation on the draft of Ashland’s Quality Education Model for elementary schools and responded to questions.  Board Work Sessions will be held on April 26 to review the Middle School prototype and on May 24 to review the High School prototype.  The district will gather staff input and conduct surveys of school families and community members.  The input and data will be compiled this summer and the Board will review the final draft at the October board meeting.  Public presentations of the Ashland Quality Education Model will be made in the Fall of 2004.   A community member suggested that an additional meeting be held so the community could hear all of the suggestions and data gathered from the work sessions.


            Individual board members met in small groups with community members to gather input on budget and revenue, facilities and property, and the elementary prototype.


Below is public input that was gathered from the small group discussions.


Facilities and Property:

Don’t sell property; do long-term leasing;

Concern was expressed for the open spaces of the schools because they are considered neighborhood parks;

Questions about classroom sizes – square footage.


Budget and Revenue:

When we fundraise or go for a local option levy, be specific in what we want;

Most people feel small class size is more important than more schools;

Charge for after-school care;

Some people would pay for all-day kindergarten;

Home School program should be included in the AQEM.

More support from the City for family friendliness;

Market Title I participation to generate more revenue.


Elementary Prototype:    

Most people felt the 340 maximum enrollment was too high – 250 was better;

Much support for full-day kindergarten;

People accepted being charged for after-school care – concern expressed about Title I children being allowed to participate regardless of ability to pay;

Small class size is important; more so at the primary than intermediate level;

Strong support for small community schools;

One idea was to eliminate the Middle School and have five K-8 schools – lots of discussion for designing those schools – should be articulated programs within schools and parent choice among those programs;

One night to discuss this topic is not enough;

Ask staff for ideas of programs that might be budget neutral yet allow creativity.


Board members will discuss this issue at the April 12 regular meeting.


IV.            Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.


Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


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