Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The School Board met in a work session Monday, August 31, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room. Present were:
Ruth Alexander )
Carol Davis )
Keith Massie ) Board Members
Heidi Parker )
Eva Skuratowicz )
Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent
Jill Turner, Business Manager
Don Robertson, Parks & Recreation
Steve Gies, Parks & Recreation
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair Massie.
II. Roll Check
All members were present.
III. Discuss Maintenance of School Grounds
The Board reviewed the grounds maintenance program planned for the 2009-10 school year. The Board reviewed draft copies of the contract with the Parks Department for its part of the grounds maintenance as well as a proposed facilities use agreement with Parks. Gary Sisk reviewed the plan for the Maintenance Department to hire 1 grounds worker to provide support to all landscaped areas. The Parks Department will continue to mow and maintain all large fields. The level of service from the Parks Department and the school district will be less than what has been provided in years past due to budget constraints.
The Board reviewed a list of all of the district’s irrigation systems compiled by the Irrigation Specialist for the Parks Department. In general, the majority of the irrigation systems are failing, out of date, and inefficient. Juli Di Chiro and Jill Turner recommended that irrigation systems be considered a primary project for additional bond dollars. There are several urgent needs currently in the school district. At Ashland Middle School, the connection to the Talent Irrigation District (TID) has failed, causing us to use City water resulting in extremely high water bills. Gary Sisk is working to reconnect us to the TID to avoid these bills. Another area of concern is in the softball field. It needs attention and can only survive one more season. The playing field at Bellview is also in poor shape due to both the construction and a failing irrigation system. We also discussed the impact of the mandatory water curtailment being enforced by the City at this time. We noted that we cannot have healthy fields and turf without sufficient water. We have an overabundance of weed issues at this time because of the lack of irrigation. When the turf is healthy and strong, weeds are less likely to get a foothold. Since our systems are not working correctly, we have a large problem with weeds.
IV. Public Input
Public input was received as follows. Public members urged the Board to have an integrated pest management policy and become pesticide free.
The Board rescheduled the Lead Team Retreat tentatively for October 5 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. Juli Di Chiro will check to see if the date works for administrators.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant