Monday, October 11, 2010

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon – The Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, October 11, 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

Toni Knox, Certified Representative

Yeruti Estigarribia, Student Representative

Hannah Ewing, Student Representative

Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant    



Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by Chair Davis.




Pledge of Allegiance




Roll Check


Roll call was taken and all board members were present.




Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments


Kristi Healy, Ashland Middle School Science Teacher, reported on a successful grant called Moving Science Education Forward that will implement the new science standards. 




Vision and Mission Statement


Director Skuratowicz read the vision and mission statements.




Consent Agenda

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




Approve minutes of work and regular sessions of August 9, work session of August 18, regular session of September 13, and executive and work sessions of September 27, 2010.








Employment Recommendations

Ryan Jackson was recommended as a temporary First Grade Teacher at Walker Elementary replacing Elisa Tacconi who was reassigned. 

Last month Nancy Daniels submitted a letter of retirement effective October 31, 2010.  She asked that she be allowed to complete the school year on a half-time 1039 contract beginning November 1, 2010.  It was recommended that her request be approved.




Retirement Requests

Linda Barnett, Special Education Teacher at Ashland High School submitted a letter of intent to retire at the end of the current school year.  It was recommended that her request be granted as presented.

John Skinner submitted a letter of intent to retire October 31, 2010.  He further requested that he be allowed to complete the current school year on a 1039 contract beginning November 1, 2010.  It was recommended that his request be granted as presented.


The minutes of August 18 were corrected to reflect the accurate date of the meeting.


Director Massie moved that the consent agenda be approved as amended.  Director Alexander 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


Hannah Ewing and Yeruti Estigarribia reported on the welcoming of the new high school principal and the homecoming activities.



YAAL Campaign Committee

Maylee Oddo, Chair of the YAAL Campaign Committee, presented an update on the committee's activities.  Anyone interested in helping with the campaign may contact Maylee Oddo at .  More information is available on the website:




AHS Redesign Update

Michelle Zundel provided an update on the AHS Redesign project.



Class Size and Enrollment Report and Information About Entering and Exiting Students Throughout the District

Juli Di Chiro reported on each school's progress toward achieving class size and student daily contact goals.  She also reviewed students entering and exiting throughout the district schools as well as interdistrict transfers. 


Leeanne Wallace spoke representing the Ashland Education Association and urged the District to always consider class size and its impact on student learning.


Terry Karlin spoke about class size information at Ashland Middle School. 




Statewide OAKS Assessment Results

Juli Di Chiro presented an overview of the OAKS assessments that were administered in the spring. 




Superintendents Report

Juli Di Chiro reported on the District Report Card for 2009-10 and planning of the zero based budgeting meetings.  She reported on the certified alternative compensation committee and the superintendents’ round table.



Unfinished Business

Chair Davis explained that appointment of budget committee members will occur at the November regular meeting.  Applications will be received through November 1, 2010.







New Business




Annual Review of District Alternative Programs

Debbie Pew reviewed the Willow Wind program for the 2009-10 school year.  Michelle Zundel reviewed the alternative programs at the high school for the 2009-10 school year which included Catalyst, Continuation Center, Depot, SAEJ, Wilderness Charter School. 


Director  Parker moved that the Board approve the alternative programs as presented.  Director  Massie seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



Board Report

Board members reported on the Siskiyou Challenge, athletic events, the problem of community members not cleaning up after their dogs on school property, the technology demonstration put on by Dana Rensi, the high school parent forum, the Ashland Schools Foundation events, and the Ashland High School Arts Advocates.




Announcements and Appointments




The Board will hold a work session on Monday, October 25, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at Walker Elementary School to review Walker School's goals and programs.




The OSBA Fall Regional Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.




The next regular session will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Council Chambers.




The Oregon School Boards Association Annual Convention will be held in Portland November 11 - 14, 2010.






There being no further business, the meeting ended at 9:21 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.








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