Friday, September 16, 2005

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a special session on September 16, 2005, at 10:00 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

Pamela Lucas, Business Manager

Media Representative

Community Members

Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


I.          Call to Order


            The meeting was called to order at 10:12 a.m. by Chair Parker.


II.         Roll Check


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


III.       Discuss Board Goals


The Board reviewed the goals that were adopted at the last regular meeting. 


The Board asked for public input.  Peter Cotton asked that facilitators and recorders be provided at work sessions where public input was gathered.  Mike Bianca was interested in addressing the transportation – how to get kids to school without using as much gas.  Barbara Heyerman asked that the Board support the health and wellness of students and staff; think about building collaboration and reflection time for teachers; be careful what you do with any district property as you may need it in the future.


The Board developed the following subgoals.


1.      Stabilize district enrollment by providing innovative programs and showcasing existing excellence.


a.  Study the educational needs and desires of Ashland’s families and examine current efforts to meet those needs.


(1)   Develop exit questionnaire.


(2)   Work with demographer to analyze school age population in Ashland currently not attending public schools.


b.   Identify and implement 3 methods of showcasing existing excellence in the schools.


(1) Newsletters


(2) Video clips


(3)   Key communicators.


c.   Form a committee to evaluate the option to extend kindergarten for implementation as soon as possible.



2.      Increase academic challenge and ensure that all students are making continuous academic progress.


a.   Appoint a task force to study alternatives that would provide differentiated programming for students not thriving in the current structure.


b.   Hire a curriculum director.



3.      Support health and wellness of students and staff.



4.      Address the district’s long range financial and facilities planning needs.



5.      Improve communication and community involvement in schools.


a.   All district committees will operate collaboratively, openly and actively, and will strive to include community members, staff, students and parents.


The administration will provide a list of committees and memberships to the Board.  The Board will schedule another work session to work on goals.


The Board scheduled a special session to be held on September 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to discuss Siskiyou School leasing a portion of Lincoln.  The location will be determined.


IV.            Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:04 p.m.


Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary


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