Board Briefs

Meeting Highlights - April 24, 2017

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Joint Meeting with Beaverton City Council

Prior to the start of the regular monthly School Board Business Meeting, the Board held a joint meeting with the Beaverton City Council.

District staff shared information on key District initiatives including Early Learning, Career and Technical Education and creating Safe and Welcoming Schools.

City staff share city priorities and partnerships, and discussed the role of school resource officers.

Deputy Superintendent Carl Mead and Executive Administrator for Facilities Dick Steinbrugge provided updates on the District's bond projects.

Public Comment

The Board heard testimony on the following topics:
  • The Beaverton Education Association (BEA)
  • Continued support of immigrant and undocumented students and families
  • Safe Routes to School
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Kinnaman Elementary School

Principal Michael Crandall and Assistant Principal Erika Heslin gave a presentation to the Board about Kinnaman Elementary School. In the past several years, Kinnaman has been affected by two boundary changes, going from 450 students to 700 students. Crandall said despite the increased student population, the staff has worked really hard to keep a small school feeling in the building.

Crandall also spoke about innovation and staff members being early adopters of many models, including co-teaching and learning teams. He said co-teaching is reducing the amount of pullouts for kids who need additional support.

In the last three years, school staff have focused on increasing reading levels. They have implemented a virtual summer school and a book store where students earn books. Students have made great gains in reading due to this increased focus.

Crandall says a challenge, both now and in the future, is the mental health needs of students. Staff members are finding the issues are systemic and more prevalent. Board members asked what he thought could make a difference in this area. Crandall said the school needs people who are highly trained in mental health issues to help students and families.

Another challenge Crandall highlighted is the loss of academic funding and a reduction in Title I funding. He pointed out that the loss would impact the most vulnerable students.

Raleigh Hills K-8

This is Peter McDougal's first year serving as principal of Raleigh Hills K-8. He said that while the 6-8 grades are considered an option program, they school is becoming more of a neighborhood school in recent years. The K-8 program allows older students to function as mentors and leadership models for younger students.

McDougal pointed out that Raleigh Hills K-8 has been an early adopter of many technology programs. He highlighted the school's success in becoming a Future Ready school. Teachers regularly integrate technology into all content areas at all grade levels.

McDougal said he is looking forward to the opportunity to provide more professional development for staff during early release on Wednesdays during the next school year.

He highlighted some building maintenance challenges and said he is looking forward to the upcoming additions and improvements that are part of the Bond Program approved by voters in May 2014. The additions include new choir and band rooms, which he believes will improve the school's music program and allow better access.

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Individual School Board Member Comments

  • Board Chair Anne Bryan said K-12 education funding in Oregon is not heading in the right direction. She encouraged audience members to get involved and advocate directly with our legislature.

  • Board Vice Chair Becky Tymchuk recognized fellow Conestoga Middle School AVID tutor Jon Bridges for pursuing his doctorate degree.

  • Board Member LeeAnn Larsen is working on an advocacy project at the city, state and local levels. She also encouraged board members and audience members to send postcards to state legislators.

  • Board Member Susan Greenberg wished Becky a happy birthday.

Music Report

Music Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) Blake Allen provided the School Board with a status report on the District's Music programs. He highlighted the improvements completed and those still needed.

In the list of successes, Allen noted that all elementary schools now provide 90 minutes of music every 5-6 days. All elementary schools now have the minimum mandatory instrument and equipment inventories recommended by the Music Task Force. Money provided by the 2014 Bond Program has replaced outdated band instruments. As a result, this year no student was turned away because they could not afford an instrument.

Allen said the District still has some work to do in providing equity in middle school instructional time and options. Currently, 6 of 8 middle schools are providing the recommended 225 minutes per week of band instruction. High school and middle school band and choir teachers are scheduling field trips to their feeder schools to perform and share information with incoming students.

When a new music position is posted in the District, Allen offers his support as Music TOSA to building administrators. Principals then choose if they want support and how much support they want.

Other Reports, Discussion & Action

The full packet with meeting materials can be found on BoardBook.

Directors: Anne Bryan (Chair), Becky Tymchuk (Vice Chair), Susan Greenberg,

LeeAnn Larsen, Eric Simpson, Donna Tyner

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Disclaimer: This publication does not represent the official minutes of the Board of Diretors' meeting. Minutes are recorded by the Board Recording Secretary and included in the consent agenda of the following month's Board packet; they become official after the Board votes to approve the consent agenda during the next regular meeting.

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