Monday, August 09, 2010

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon The Board of Directors met in regular session Monday, August 9, 2010, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Ashland Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street, Ashland OR 97520.  Present were:

Carol Davis                 )           Chair

Ruth Alexander          )

Keith Massie               )

Heidi Parker                )           Board Members

Eva Skuratowicz         )

Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

Jill Turner, Business Manager

Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant    


Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance


Roll Check

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


Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments


Vision and Mission Statement

Director Skuratowicz read the vision and mission statements.


Organization of the Board for the 2010-11 School Year


Establish Adjunct Responsibilities of Board Members

The Board established adjunct responsibilities of Board Members as follows:

Administrative Bargaining Davis, Massie

AHS Steering Committee Massie, Parker

Ashland Schools Foundation:  Davis

Budget Development Davis, Parker

Certified Contract Maintenance & Bargaining:  Massie, Parker

Classified Contract Maintenance & Bargaining Alexander, Skuratowicz

Confidential Employee Bargaining Davis, Skuratowicz

Legislative Oversight Massie, Parker

Supervisory Bargaining Alexander, Davis

Teacher Compensation Committee Skuratowicz.


Consent Agenda

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


Approve minutes of regular session of July 12 and special session of July 15,  2010.




Request for Leave of Absence

Lisa Wileman, Ashland High School Math Teacher, requested a half-time leave of absence during the first semester of the 2010-11 school year.   It was recommended that her leave be approved as requested.

The minutes of the July 15 special session were corrected to reflect that the meeting was held in the District Office.

Director Parker moved that the consent agenda be approved as amended.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously


Hear Public Requests not a part of the agenda

There were no public requests.




Opening of Schools Information Report

Superintendent Di Chiro presented information on the opening of schools and responded to questions.  This information will be advertised in the newspapers and posted on the district website.


Superintendents Report


Personnel Update

Juli Di Chiro reported on the status of personnel and vacancies remaining to be filled.


Adequate Yearly Progress Report

Juli Di Chiro reviewed the 2009-10 Adequate Yearly Progress Report and responded to questions.  All schools met the standards with the exception of Ashland High School which did not meet the Math standards.  In the 2011-12 school year the state testing for Geometry will be moved to the 11th grade.  Therefore, the district anticipates that Ashland High School will then meet the standards.


Unfinished Business


Board Policy Revisions - Second Reading

Board Policy Revisions AC and GCBDA/GDBDA were recommended for second reading.  A minor revision was made to Board Policy Revision AC.

Director Alexander moved that the Board approve Board Policy Revisions AC as amended and GCBDA/GDBDA for second reading as presented.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


New Business

A.  Request from City of Ashland for an Easement

      The City of Ashland Laurel Street Sidewalk Improvement Project has been developed to provide a safe route to school for Helman Elementary School students.  This project includes construction of sidewalks on the east side of Laurel Street from Hersey Street to Randy Street and the improvement of the Hersey/Laurel Street at-grade rail crossing.  City Public Works staff have struggled to secure adequate funding for the project and have applied for grants under the Transportation Enhancement Grant Program, Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program, various ARRA funding options and have even considered the project as a Local Improvement District (LID).  After several failed attempts to fund this project through grants, it was accepted as a funding priority through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) under the fund exchange program and funding is now secure.

      The project calls for a sidewalk, planting strip, row with a street crossing bump out at both the North and South end of School Property.  Construction will be in September/October of this year. 

      Director  Massie moved that the Board grant the City of Ashland an Easement to construct a sidewalk along the west side of Helman School adjacent to Laurel from Randy to Otis as presented.  Director  Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


Board Report

Board members reported on the upcoming Fall Sports Meeting, Youth Activities and Academics organizational meeting, the new Mandarin Teacher from China, and a meeting with the New Food Service Director.


Announcements and Appointments


The District Welcome Back Breakfast will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010, at 7:30 a.m. at the Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theatre.


The next regular session will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Council Chambers.


A Board/Lead Team Retreat will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, from Noon to 4:00 at a location yet to be determined.



There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.

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8-9-10 Regular Board Minutes.pdf


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