Monday, February 28, 2005

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session on February 28, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Middle School Library.  Present were: 


Amy Amrhein   )           Chair


Chuck Keil        )

Heidi Parker     )           Board Members                       

Sheryl Lipski     )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

District Administrators

Community Members

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


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 with the exception of Director Littleton.


III.       Review Ashland Quality Education Model


Chair Amrhein explained that the purpose of the meeting tonight was to review the AQEM and gather additional community input.  Staff will revise the AQEM and present a final draft to the Board in April for adoption.


The following Quality Education Model shortcomings were identified.

Prototypes – what can associate with costs only.

What about addressing intangibles, best practices and quality indicators.

Note the funding gap.

Should we define costs in AQEM.

What is the purpose.  It is disjointed.

Elements on page 22 of the document are not connected to the rest of the document.

Clarify ideal vs. fiscal reality.

Create something to explain where we are now.

Train Site Councils to use the AQEM.

Add update on “next steps.”

Develop a report card for the AQEM.

Add “Site Councils” to paragraph 4 of page 22.


The following suggestions were made for Outcomes.

Keep original language for Effective Communicator.

Career/life goals – remove “have opportunity.”

How do elementary and middle school connect to these outcomes?  Ex. Language studies.

Take outcomes and work backwards – AHS to AMS to Elementary.

Oral and written.

Career/Life Roles – revise.


Focus on student skills/behaviors.

Make #5 on page 18 more prominent.

Why add Humanities?

Arts and letters – larger umbrella.

Don’t crate loophole.

Separate humanities outcome?

Dreaming vs. details (diet).

Connect fine arts and humanities.

Appreciators of the Arts plus students of the humanities.

Beyond novice level in one art form.

Wordsmith Arts section.

Add concept of “pluralism” to involved citizens outcome.

Creative problem-solvers.

Possessor of robust inner life…contemplation/reflection spirituality.

How do we measure outcomes?  Senior projects?


The following suggestions were made for Guiding Principles.

Define rigorous.

Define standards … proficiency, advanced, content area…performance.

Set Ashland’s standards beyond those of the state.

Capture idea of moving toward and beyond state standards.

Global citizens.

Change to statements of principles.

Add bullet regarding student voice/community.

Look at Best Practices Panel’s 11 principles.


The following suggestions were made for Goals.

Add communication goal.

Bring the AQEM full circle with site councils and community input.  Add “next steps” to follow each goal.


The document was reviewed through page 11.  Review of the document will continue in a Board Work Session to be held on March 28, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.


IV.       Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.


Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


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