Monday, January 23, 2006

Ashland School District No. 5, Jackson County, Oregon - The Board of Directors met in a work session Monday, January 23, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. in the District Board Room.    Present were: 


Heidi Parker                 )            Chair


Ruth Alexander            )          

Amy Amrhein               )            Board Members

Mat Marr                     )

Amy Patton                  )


Juli Di Chiro, Superintendent

District Administrators

Community Members



I.          Call to Order


            The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m.


II.         Roll Check


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


III.       Discuss Strategic Planning with District Administrators


            The Board met with district administrators and consultant, Kate Dickson, to discuss strategic planning.


            Ms. Dickson explained that strategic planning will result in a shared vision, mission and strategic direction for exemplary student performance.


      She reviewed the process for strategic planning.  The group discussed alignment with existing district goals and action plans.


            The group brainstormed the following strategic planning priorities:


      Academic achievement.

            Good curriculum.

            Formative assessment portfolios.

      Social and emotional development.

            Pursue Passion.

            Well known.

            Credible adult relationships for kids.

            Character development.

            Students need to be involved with educational program.

      Engage community.

            Define roles.

      Attempt to stabilize funding.

      Foreign language.

      How do we keep all kids engaged in learning.

      Relevance in education.

      Tapping into student interests.

      Reaching out to newborns 0 – 5 (healthy start).

      Facilities to support education.

      Examine high school different models for instruction.

      Creative revenue streams.

      Community interaction.

      Healthy kids.

      Building on strengths.

      Know weaknesses.

      Ensure child success.

      Format assessment

Articulated K-12 curriculum and schools

More cohesive educational vision – an agreement on what’s important.

Partnership to serve students.

Declining enrollment – maintain high school option.

Increasing relevancy and real life connections.

Defining priorities.

Choices for families.

Schools that keep kids successful – do not allow failure.

Retirements – transfer teacher knowledge base.  Attract and retain.

Keeping flexible programs / alternatives for kids.

Second language – does this need to be required.

Kids – creative, agile.

Rich program – vocational training.

Can we do it all as enrollment drops.

What to do about facilities.

Are we serving kids here – do we recruit.


The group brainstormed the following themes:


How can we decide what students need to know and do.

How do we design structure for unknown (8-9 careers).

Community involvement.

What does it mean to serve well.

Strategic planning filter for decision making.

Mechanism for goal setting.

Community work with school district provides clarity.

Regroup and solve problems.

Organized vehicle for change.

Concern over dwindling resources.

Ready to be proactive.

Facilities Planning.

Build on what has been done well.

Strategy for involving the community.

Lead with a plan.

Prioritize budget planning with vision.

Common focus.

Common goals.

Future planning.

Need for facility planning.

Protocol for change.

AQEM – how to prioritize.

Strategic planning filter.

Look at current practices.

How much change.


The group brainstormed the following things the district is known for:


Full potential and developing kids full potential in all aspects.

Partnership in community that values and supports education and share expertise with schools.

A school district that cares about kids.

A school district that ensures working together for each others success.

Global perspective – students and adults responsible.

Meets the needs of every student – knows each student, has individual student plans for K-12 and next steps.

Inspired – involved community – internships, resources, facilities, etc.

Strong academics with comprehensive program.

Highly qualified teachers with small class size.

Success for all students, families & staff – strong professional development, providing resources to families, academically challenging and nurturing environment.

Highly effective educational system that supports academic excellence and responds to individual needs of whole child/person.

Irreverence and innovation.

Partnership with community.


The group discussed the next steps.


IV.            Adjournment


              There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8: 05 p.m.


Jeanne Peterson, Executive Secretary

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