Thursday, October 21, 2004


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                     

Heidi Parker)


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

District Administrators

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.

                        Highly academic.


            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)

                        Supportive conditions

                        Learning competence

                        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


                        Second language

                        Parent participation

                        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


IV.            Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary



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