Monday, March 08, 2010

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon – The Board of Directors met in regular session Monday, March 08, 2010, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Ashland Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street, Ashland OR 97520.  Present were:


Keith Massie               )           Chair


Ruth Alexander          )

Carol Davis                 )

Heidi Parker                )           Board Members

Eva Skuratowicz         )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Jill Turner, Business Manager

Amy Korth, Classified Representative

Amie Jacobson, Student Representative

Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant    




Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Vice-Chair Parker.




Pledge of Allegiance




Roll Check


A roll check was taken and all board members were present.




Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments




Vision and Mission Statement


Board members read the vision and mission statements.




AHS National Merit Scholarship Finalists


The eight Ashland High School National Merit Scholarship Finalists were introduced.








Consent Agenda

It was recommended that the Board approve the consent agenda as presented.




Approve minutes of regular session of February 8, 2010.








Approve Resolution #2010-16 to Extend Certified and Administrative Employment Contracts, Offer Certified and Administrative Probationary Contracts, and Nonrenew Probationary and Temporary Certified Contracts
It is recommended that the Board approve the attached Resolution #2010-16 to extend Certified and Administrative Employment Contracts, offer Certified and Administrative probationary contracts, and nonrenew probationary temporary Certified Contracts.


A copy of Resolution #2010-16 is attached hereto and becomes a part of these minutes.


Director Skuratowicz moved that the Board approve the consent agenda as presented.  Director Davis seconded and the motion passed unanimously.




Hear Public Requests not a part of the agenda


There were no public requests.








Student and Staff Representative Reports

Amie Jacobson, Student Representative, reported on the Winter Formal, school instructional hours, the musical Grease, and athletic events.


Amy Korth, Classified Representative, expressed appreciation to the Merit Scholars.  She expressed thanks to the work of the Food Service Advisory Committee.




Ashland Schools Foundation

Susan Bacon reported on the activities of the Ashland Schools Foundation.


Director Massie arrived at 7:31 p.m.




Superintendent Report

Juli Di Chiro reported on instructional minutes.




Unfinished Business




Board Policy Revisions - Second Reading

Revised Board Policies JOA - Directory Information, and CBG/CBH - Evaluation of the Superintendent, were recommended for second reading.


Director Parker moved that the Board approved revised board policies JOA and CBG/CBH for second reading as presented.  Director Davis seconded and the motion passed unanimously.




New Business




Food Service Advisory Committee Report

Jill Turner explained that the Food Service Advisory Committee reviewed the district lunch program and researched other lunch program options.  Jill Turner distributed a cost-out of the current school lunch program as well as projections for other lunch program options. 


Ruth Alexander and Eva Skuratowicz gave a PowerPoint presentation on the committee’s findings.  The Food Service Committee recommended that the district return to an in-house food services program and hire an experienced Food Services Director who advocates using local, healthy food; who cares about controlling waste; and who, most importantly listens to and learns from the customers:  the students, parents and staff of our district.


Public Input was taken as follows.


I support an in-house food service program.  It supports relationships with the community, it would be a more sustainable model, and would provide healthy food.  Kids will eat more when they have healthy, organic options.


The district needs to be financially responsible.  Consider the  unrecognized costs and benefits.  Better nutrition results in better attendance and better behavior trends.


We have a lot of gardeners in this room.  If that food is healthy for you to eat – surely it is for our children.



We have a vested interest in what we feed our children.  Healthy nutrition correlates with concentration and better learning.


Representatives of Sodexho expressed appreciation for the opportunity to manage the food program for the last 5 years.


I see kids flocking out of Ashland High School at noon.  I think you could keep more kids there if the food was improved.  I would like to see the money go to the local economy.  Do not look at the cost of an in-house program as a loss of funds – look at is as an investment in the kids.


Obesity is caused by eating food that is nutrient poor.  Processed food cannot be as nutritious as that from a garden or local farm. 


A study in England of a school that went from a processed lunch program to a fresh food program indicated that absenteeism decreased by 15%.


I strongly encourage you to serve local food which will result in more students participating in the program.


Life-long habits about eating and nutrition are developed in childhood.  I would like an in-house lunch program to assist students in that area.


I support the local program for food in our schools. 


I am an Ashland High School student and I never eat at the high school cafeteria because I do not feel the food is nutritious.  I bring my lunch every day.  If you get the support of the parents and students, more kids will eat on campus.  Our current lunch program could and should be changed.


I support the committee’s recommendation.  If we can’t do an innovative in-house program supported by the local farms, where else can it be done.


The support of Thrive was pledged to help the school district bring its food service back in house.


Parents invest a lot in the district for our children’s education in every form.  Why is education about nutrition taking a back seat?  Where is it written that a school nutrition program should be cost neutral?


Board members thanked the committee members for their work.  Juli Di Chiro recommended that, if a lunch program is brought in-house, a Food Services Director should be hired at the onset of the program in order for it to be successful.  Our current school gardens are not of the type or scope to successfully provide food for the school cafeterias.  She also thanked Sodexho for working with the district for the last five years.  Following deliberation, Director Alexander moved that the Board authorize the staff to proceed with the preliminary steps necessary to hire an independent Food Service Director to run our breakfast and lunch programs in house.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.




Approve International Trip

Juli Di Chiro explained that Gerry Pare has followed Board Policy and provided all of the information required her proposed trip to Italy in the summer of 2011.   There will be sightseeing as well as playing opportunities for the students at schools and churches, and opportunities to hear concerts. 


Director Parker moved that the Board approve Gerry Pare’s trip to Italy as presented.  Director Davis seconded and the motion passed unanimously.




Second Language Task Force 

Juli Di Chiro reviewed the administrative recommendations as follows:  There is unanimous support for introducing second language into our elementary curriculum.  Administrators are supportive of establishing a program that benefits all children in the district and that the program be implemented at the first grade level.  Implementing this program will be problematic for the 2010-11 school year.  She recommended that implementation be delayed until the 2011-12 school year.  We are working closely with St. Mary’s School to bring a Mandarin course to the district next year.


Public input was received as follows.


A group of us parents are interested in a language immersion program.  We have gathered 75 signatures in support of such a program. 


I support either an immersion program or the European model.


If an immersion program were implemented and successful, a FLES program would follow.


If you treat foreign language as a FLES program, it will always be subject to being cut.  You need to implement an immersion program.  I do not think you need to wait a year for implementation.


Hispanics are the highest minority in the country now, in terms of population.  I think an immersion program is very important.



I have found 5 people who live outside of Ashland who would move or transfer to Ashland if there were an immersion program.  A group of parents would be willing to be on a committee to seek grants for start up of an immersion program.  If a program cannot be started this year, at least start the footwork.


The Board deliberated. 


Director Skuratowicz moved that the meeting be extended to 10:30 p.m.  Director Parker seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Director Parker moved that the Ashland School District begin offering second language acquisition (FLES) beginning in all first grades and continuing through grade 12 by the fall of the 2011 school year.  Further, we direct the superintendent to provide the Board with the cost and possible scenarios of the FLES and immersion and programs.  Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed with the following roll call vote:  Alexander – yes; Davis – no; Massie – no; Parker – yes; Skuratowicz – yes;


Director Massie moved that the Board direct the administrative staff to investigate the possibility of an after school elementary Spanish program for beginning in the 2010-11 school year.    Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.




Board Report

This item was tabled.




Announcements and Appointments




A Budget Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room to receive an update on the financial status of the district.
















The next regular session will be held on Monday, April 12, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers.






There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.



Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.


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