Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session September 22, 2007, at 9:00 a.m. at 2645 Butler Creek Road, Ashland.  Present were:


Mat Marr                     )           Chair

Ruth Alexander             )

Keith Massie               )           Board Members

Heidi Parker                 )

Amy Patton                  )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent



I.          Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 9:07 a.m. by Chair Marr.


II.         Roll Check


A roll of the board was taken and all members were present.  Norms for the day were established.


III.       Governance Topics


            Director Patton presented a variety of resources she had gathered at the National School Boards Association Convention last spring.  She reviewed a parliamentary procedures motions guide.  She shared various state processes for effective school board roles, including materials from the California School Boards Association.  Director Patton distributed materials on district governance that may be used by the Board in the future to plan out the year.


IV.       Brainstorm – Where do you want the district to be in 12 years.


            The Board brainstormed where they want the district to be in 12 years.  Below is a list of ideas.


Students are competitively prepared for the 21st century.

Diverse student body actively engaged in hands-on individual learning and involved and engaged in their community.

We are a highly sought after school district with a stabilized student body.

Premier educational facilities, south after by parents, recognized by colleges.

All students speak two languages.

Walkable school sites which are the center of thriving small communities within the larger town.

Students and staff are capable of using all technology.

All students are known by the educational community – feel like they belong.

Evaluate and implement different, innovative educational learning methods (if appropriate); constantly seeking the best from new ideas for teaching and learning.

Diverse staff with global backgrounds.

Highly trained, caring staff who live in the community.

Utilizing community skills and talents through partnerships and internships.

Kids can move at their own pace without interfering with district schedules and system of grades.  In other words, individualized progress that teachers buy into.

Identify our talented and gifted and at risk students early so their education can be personalized and they can be part of communities of like-minded students.

Offer vocational training options—life/occupational skills.

Keep classes in arts even though they may not be requirements.  Kids have room and space in their schedules and have encouragement from teachers and administrators to pursue the arts.

AQEM model school elements—elementary class sizes are small (18-22).

Boundaries and barriers are blurred so that kids are in the most appropriate educational setting for their success.

Classes are less and less important because individual students are learning in a personalized program, but still have the ability and need to come together with cohorts.  More international communication because of on-line learning.

Flexibility in scheduling to allow different ages of students to come together and different levels of learners to work together.

Technology will change the way education is provided. D We must be prepared for that.

Full time librarians in every school.

Salary schedule that reflects teaching excellence rather than based on tenure and years of teaching.

District supports work-force housing to help recruit new teachers and keep staff in the community if they so choose.

The campus extends beyond the walls of the school buildings themselves.  Teachers living close to the extended “campus.”

University and K-12 campuses are within close proximity and working together.

Stable educational funding; working with the state to reform educational funding so that it becomes and remains stable, consistent, and adequate.

High school registration will involve parents—counselors, students, and parents work together to help students plan their classes (ideally even before they enter high school).

Learning communities are small enough so that all students are known.  Everything we do is moving toward a “whole person” graduate.


V.        Board Self Evaluation Tool


            Heidi Parker reviewed different tools the Board could use for self evaluation.  After the review of the various tools, it was agreed that Heidi Parker and Keith Massie would develop the tool the Board will use for the future.  There was some discussion among board members about whether or not they should complete an evaluation of last year.  No conclusion was reached.  The Board took a lunch break.


VI.       Strategic Plan


The Board reviewed the strategic plan draft dated September 8, 2007.  The Board reviewed the various suggestions made by the Administrative Team and offered more additions and deletions.  Juli Di Chiro will be responsible for incorporating the feedback from the Board and reformatting a new draft of the strategic plan.


VII.      General Discussion


            Other topics discussed included a review of various bond issues related to preparing for the September 24 work session, as well as other bond related issues.  A short discussion occurred regarding possible processes that will be used to determine expenditures for the new local option levy which is on the November ballot.


VIII.     Adjournment


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.





Chair                                                                Clerk


Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.


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