Monday, December 13, 2010


Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon – The Board of Directors met in regular session on Monday, December 13, 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

Amy Korth, Classified Representative

Hannah Ewing, Student Representative

Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant

District Administrators          

Media Representative



Call to Order


Chair Davis called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.




Pledge of Allegiance




Roll Check


All board members were present.




Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments




Vision and Mission Statement




Consent Agenda

It was recommended that the Board approve the consent agenda as presented.   The minutes of the regular session of November 8, 2010 were corrected under Welcome Visitors and Acknowledgments to indicate that the Ashland High School Cross Country Team was honored.


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




Approve minutes of Regular Session of November 8, 2010, Work Session of November 19, and Work Session of November 29, 2010. 





Kim Budd was recommended as a temporary .20 FTE Special Education Teacher at Ashland High School beginning December 9, 2010 to replace Kate Sullivan who will be on a .20 Leave of Absence. 




Hear Public Requests not a part of the agenda


There were no public requests.








Student and Staff Representative Reports

Hannah Ewing, Student Representative, reported on the warm clothing drive and the canned food drive being held at the high school.  She further reported on the gift wish list being developed.


Toni Knox, Certified Representative reported on the large class sizes, the Alternative Compensation Committee, and activities at the schools.




AHS Redesign Update

Michelle Zundel included her update on the AHS Redesign project with the Ashland High School Site Council report.



Superintendent Report


Juli Di Chiro reported on the guidelines that were developed for religious holiday celebrations.   She further reported on the efforts of the Alternative Compensation Committee.






Unfinished Business

There was no unfinished business.




New Business




Annual Site Council Goals and Approval of Charters


Principals and Site Council members reported on the annual goals of the Site Councils.


Michelle Zundel and Christine Norton-Cotts reported on the Site Council goals of the high school which included the developing the school improvement plan, high school redesign and advisory, expanding the Parent Academy, communicating the new graduation guidelines to parents and students, and activities surrounding drug and alcohol prevention.   Michelle Zundel reviewed many of the activities occurring for the Ashland High School Redesign Project.  Ms. Zundel expressed appreciation to the maintenance staff for the high school campus beautification.  Director Parker asked that the Redesign Team seriously look at the school schedule for a later start time and more consistency on a weekly basis. 


Steve Retzlaff reported on the Site Council goals of the middle school which included increased parent membership on the Site Council, school climate,  bullying and harassment, and developing a school improvement plan that will be aligned with the district Continuing Improvement Plan.


The elementary principals reported on the Site Council Goals which included developing a school improvement plan, staff development to support the school improvement plan, and developing surveys on school climate.  Director Parker encouraged principals to increase parent participation on the Site Councils.


Director Alexander moved that the Board approve the Annual Charters as presented.  Director Parker seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



Chinese High School Boarding School Program

Juli Di Chiro presented an overview of the potential revenue and costs related to serving 20 to 25 international students from China for the 2011-12 school year. 
She discussed the recruitment of the students, VISA requirements, tuition costs, English language development, program coordination, housing at Southern Oregon University, curriculum, host families and the advantages for Ashland High School students.  Ms. Di Chiro recommended that the Board approve this program for a one year pilot for the next school year.


Director Massie moved that the Ashland, Oregon, Board of Education approve a one year pilot for the school year 2010-11 for a Chinese High School Boarding School program. Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously.









Approve Election Results

The Board reviewed the November 2, 2010 election results from the recent levy election. 


Director Alexander moved that the Board approve the November 2, 2010 election results as presented.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 



OSBA Legislative Policy Committee Election

Loretta Nordquist from Phoenix-Talent School District, is the Southern Region candidate for position #5 for the OSBA Legislative Policy Committee. 


Director Massie moved that the Board support Loretta Nordquist for the OSBA Legislative Policy Committee position #5.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



OSBA Board of Director Nomination

The following candidates have been nominated for OSBA Board of Director Position #5 representing the Southern Region:  Craig Prewitt from Phoenix-Talent School District and Cindy Tilley Faubion from Central Point School District. 


Director Massie moved that the Board support Cindy Tilley Faubion for OSBA Board of Director position #5.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



OSBA Resolutions




Resolution #2010-23 Regarding OSBA Dues

The following resolution was presented for Board consideration.




WHEREAS, the dues income has fallen behind the cost of association operations as a percentage of total Association revenues, requiring subsidy of association programs by other revenue sources; and


WHEREAS, in November 1996, members approved a 5% increase for 1997-98 and a 5% increase for 1998-99.  Dues have not increased since then.  Consequently, the percentage of dues revenue as a proportion of total association revenue has fallen from 25.9% in 1998-99 to 14.66% in 2010-11.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Article 4, Section 2 of the OSBA Constitution be amended as follows:


The dues of this association may be increased annually by the Urban CPI as approved by the OSBA boardshall be payable on July 1 of each year and shall become delinquent on September 1 of each year.  School boards delinquent in payment of dues shall no longer be deemed a member and membership will be terminated unless an extension is requested and granted by the board of directors.


Director Massie moved that the Board adopt Resolution #2010-23 regarding OSBA dues as presented.  Director Alexander seconded and the motion passed unanimously.



Resolution #2010-24 Regarding OSBA Memberships

The following resolution was presented for the Board's consideration. 


RESOLUTION #2010 - 24


WHEREAS, the membership of the Oregon School Boards Association voted in 2009 to amend its constitution to add two OSBA Board of Director positions to represent the regions of the immediate past president and president during their terms in those offices when those officers come from regions that have only one representative;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Article 7, Section 2 of the Oregon School Boards Association Constitution be amended as follows to implement the direction voted by its members:


Legislative Policy Committee:  The legislative policy committee (LPC) shall be composed of the voting members of the board of directors of the association and regional representatives elected by procedures outlined in Articles 9 and 10.  The vice president of the board shall chair the committee.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Article 9, Section 1 of the Oregon School Boards Association Constitution be amended as follows to implement the direction voted by its members:


The Oregon School Boards Association is organized as one general state association with representatives established across diversegeographic areas to support member participation and representation.



Director Parker moved that the Board adopt Resolution #2010-24 as presented.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.




Resolution #2010-25

The following resolution was presented for the Board's consideration. 


RESOLUTION #2010 - 25


We, as OSBA members, do accept and resolve to support and participate in the 2011 OSBA Legislative Policies and Priorities proposed and recommended by the OSBA Legislative Policy Committee as follows:


Proposed Legislative Priorities

Student Achievement

OSBA will vigorously advocate for laws prioritizing support for student achievement to ensure that every student is prepared for college, apprenticeships, careers and productive citizenship.


Shared Accountability

OSBA will urge the Governor, Legislature, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education to join local school districts and education service districts in shared accountability for student achievement.



OSBA will vigorously advocate for adequate, stable funding as defined by the Quality Education Model to meet student achievement goals.  OSBA will vigorously advocate for state and local tax reform, including kicker reform, that would increase support for schools.  OSBA will actively pursue new state funding for K-12 capital construction. 


Proposed Legislative Policies

Section 1:  Finance

1.1 K-12 Funding Adequacy/State School Fund Appropriation

OSBA supports the continued use of the Quality Education Model to define K-12 funding adequacy.  For the 2009-11 biennium, the QEM called for a state appropriation of $8.348 billion.  The actual appropriation is likely to be $5.76 billion or a difference of $2.588 billion – following the Governor’s allotment reduction on May 25, 2010.  OSBA supports an adequate and equitable appropriation to the State School Fund sufficient to provide each school district and education service district with no less than the resources necessary to support the operational, instructional and student achievement goals as defined by the QEM.


1.2 State Resources for Public Schools

OSBA supports state and legislative efforts that assure the availability of state and local funds necessary to provide stability and adequacy in elementary and secondary school funding.  OSBA opposes tax reduction mechanisms that limit or reduce state or local funds available to provide stability and adequacy in elementary and secondary school funding.  OSBA supports increasing the maximum allowable size of the current Education Stability Fund, but opposes converting it into a general state rainy day fund.  OSBA opposes reducing the allocation of state aid to school districts and education service districts for either general operating or categorical purposes based on the receipt of additional federal education funds.  OSBA opposes requiring the use of state or local resources for implementation of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act; federal programs should be fully supported by federal funds.


1.3 Structural Tax Reform

OSBA supports structural tax reform that will reduce the volatility of Oregon’s current tax system and raise the revenue necessary to provide K-12 school funding adequacy as defined by the Quality Education Model.  OSBA supports modification of the state’s personal and corporate income tax “surplus kicker” law to allow general fund revenue in excess of projections to be deposited into a reserve account and used in times of economic distress.


1.4 Funding of Oregon Department of Education Programs

OSBA supports adequate funding of Oregon Department of Education programs and services that provide a research-based direct benefit to school districts and ESDs.


1.5 Distribution of the State School Fund

OSBA supports changes to the State School Fund distribution formula that maintain equalization and contain factors that consider only those situations or circumstances that may be externally measured, for which adequate and reliable data exist and require additional per student program costs.  OSBA opposes using the State School Fund distribution formula or other funding mechanisms to mandate school district or ESD expenditures by formula factor categories.


1.6 Local Option Property Tax and Revenue Raising Authority

OSBA supports granting authority to school districts to seek from their voters supplemental operating revenue from a variety of additional sources.  OSBA opposes offsetting any local option property tax revenue against school districts’ State School Fund resources.  OSBA supports continued funding of local option grants to equalize resources between high- and low-property-wealth school districts that approve local option property tax levies.


1.7 Financial and Program Accountability

OSBA supports maintaining school district and ESD financial accountability for the expenditure of public funds and program accountability for student achievement of high academic standards.  OSBA supports local control prerogatives to determine how financial and program accountability measures are achieved.


1.8 State Funds for School Facilities Construction

OSBA supports the allocation of state resources, including lottery proceeds, in addition to and not in lieu of the appropriation of state aid for school districts’ operating costs, to assists in funding public school construction, remodeling and maintenance projects, technology and capital equipment purchases.  OSBA supports the continued work of the School Facilities Task Force.  OSBA supports the state’s issuance of general obligation bonds to provide matching funds to finance the capital costs of school districts that have received voter approval for local general obligation bonds and to provide for the costs of issuing bonds and the payment of debt service.


1.9 Unfunded Mandates

OSBA strongly opposes state legislative mandates that require school districts and education service districts to provide new or expanded programs, services, responsibilities or functions without additional, full and continuing funding of the additional operating and capital costs associated with the mandates.


1.10  Vouchers/Tuition Tax Credits/Private School Choice

OSBA opposes any mechanism that diverts public funds, including tax credits, to private or religious schools or erodes financial support of the public school system.


Section 2:  Programs

2.1 School Improvement

OSBA supports state-level school improvement efforts provided they are implemented in ways that grant local school officials maximum flexibility to incorporate community needs and priorities.


2.2 Special Education

OSBA supports categorical funding, in addition to and not in lieu of general state operating aid, that recognizes the increased cost of providing educational programs to students with disabilities.  OSBA supports enhanced levels of state aid for the extraordinary costs associated with programs required for students with the most severe low-incidence, high-cost disabilities, including those served in out-of-district or out-of-state placements.


2.3 Education Service Districts

OSBA supports the role of ESDs to assist school districts and the Oregon Department of Education in achieving Oregon’s educational goals by providing equitable, high-quality, cost-effective, locally-responsive educational services on a regional basis.  OSBA opposes the expansion of the three-ESD pilot governance model.


2.4 Curriculum

OSBA opposes changes to the current charter school law that would channel public funds to private and religious schools, allow entities other than school district boards to authorize charter schools within their boundaries, mandate direct access to the State School Fund by charter schools, increasing funding to charter schools or decrease school district authority for chartering or oversight.  OSBA will continue to seek legislative clarification on the recent emergence of single-school school districts (charter districts) and their effects on neighboring school districts.  OSBA supports a requirement that at least 50 percent of students enrolled in a public charter school live within the sponsoring district’s boundaries.


2.6 Online Education

Within a K-12 school district, OSBA supports locally-appropriate, not-for-profit, online education options to enhance student achievement.  OSBA supports a separate statute to regulate comprehensive online education programs that will encourage continued student achievement gains.


Section 3:  Personnel

3.1  Collective Bargaining

OSBA supports a collective bargaining structure that preserves and enhances the prerogatives of school district and ESD boards and their administrators to manage the school system and to establish and enforce educational policies that respond to the needs and priorities of their communities and students.  OSBA supports continued local control of collective bargaining and opposes statewide bargaining and the creation of a statewide salary schedule.  OSBA supports changing the collective bargaining structure to eliminate status quo and establish shorter bargaining time lines.


3.2 Retirement

OSBA supports an actuarially-sound statewide retirement program for school employees that balances benefit adequacy for employees against costs and administrative requirements for employers.  OSBA opposes state-mandated early retirement options.


3.3 Employee Rights and Benefits

OSBA supports determination and definition of school employee rights and benefits through the collective bargaining process at the local level.  OSBA o9pposes granting or enhancing such rights and benefits through legislation or administrative rules which circumvent the local bargaining process.



3.4  Teacher/Administrator Licensing

OSBA supports licensing requirements that assure a level of preparation necessary to teach to rigorous academic standards and recognize licenses from other states.  OSBA opposes overly detailed licenses and endorsements


that decrease needed flexibility in staffing schools or endangers districts’ ability to attract and retain qualified personnel.


3.5 Teacher Quality

OSBA recognizes that teacher quality is the most important factor in student achievement and supports local programs to enhance teacher quality.  OSBA supports additional, new funding for professional development.


Section 4:  Governance and Operations

4.1       Governance at the State Level

OSBA supports a State Board of Education, whose members are appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation, as the appropriate state-level policy-making body for elementary and secondary schools and community colle3ges.  OSBA supports the statewide election of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  OSBA opposes the creation of a single board of education for kindergarten through higher education, but supports intentional collaboration between the State Board of Education and the State Board of Higher Education.


4.2  Governance at the Local Level

OSBA opposes legislation which is unnecessarily restrictive and inhibits the ability of locally-elected school district and ESD boards to conduct the public’s business in the best interests of their communities and students.  OSBA supports maximum local decision-making flexibility in determining district budgeting and spending priorities.  OSBA opposes the imposition of arbitrary limits on school district and ESD administrative and support service spending categories.


4.3  School Safety and Student Wellness

OSBA supports local measures that promote safety and wellness in the school environment for students, staff, parents, patrons and the community as a whole.  OSBA supports examining the potential for new state funding to augment the federal meal program for Oregon students.









4.4 Local Elections

OSBA opposes measures that would place additional restrictions on local voters’ ability to govern their school districts.  OSBA supports maintaining a simple majority voting requirement for local district finance measures.


Director Massie moved that the Board adopt Resolution #2010-25 as presented.  Director Skuratowicz seconded and the motion passed unanimously.




Board Report

Board members reported on athletic events, the Pedestrian Places meeting, The AHAA annual concert, the Alternative Compensation Committee, the first Willow Wind dance in the renovated barn, the high school principal’s Facebook, the brochure for the Chinese student recruitment, the high school Health Center’s 20th year anniversary celebration, the drug and alcohol policy for the athletic participants and the high school play.




Announcements and Appointments




The next regular session will be held on Monday, January 10, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ashland Council Chambers.








There being no further business, the meeting ended at 9:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by Jeanne Peterson, Administrative Assistant.

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