By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

The Brookings-Harbor school board read Superintendent Sean Gallagher’s evaluation summary into the record at their meeting Wednesday.

The evaluation said the past year had been positive for education in the district and focused on nine professional standards and district goals.

Regarding the nine professional standards, the board determined that Gallagher was effective and assigned a high rating in seven areas: visionary leadership, communications and community relations, curriculum planning/development,

instructional leadership, resource management, ethical leadership, labor relations.

In two areas — policy and governance and effective management — the board said his performance was outstanding.

In regards to the seven district and superintendent goals listed in the evaluation, the board determined Gallagher had done an excellent job in attaining six goals.

The seventh goal, to develop a short and long range strategic improvement plan, will begin as a collaborative process in August 2018.

Seismic retrofits revised

The district in conjunction with Oregon Business (OB), the entity overseeing grants to fund seismic retrofits, has postponed seismic construction on the high school until next summer.

New guidelines by OB have changed the high school gym from a “life safety” to an “immediate occupancy” area. This means instead of the gym having to stand long enough during a quake for occupants to safely escape, it now needs to survive a quake so it can be occupied and used for emergency medical services.

The new designation will require more money and time for the retrofits to be designed.

Construction at the middle school is still scheduled for this summer.

Board tables calendar

The board chose to table a second reading of next year’s school calendar so Gallagher and the Brookings-Harbor Education Association (BHEA) could continue collaborating on revisions.

So far, Gallagher said, he and BHEA had agreed to drop the four days originally added to the calendar and instead add time to the end of scheduled days to account for the necessary instructional hours.

He and the BHEA also revamped professional development so more learning opportunities occurred in Brookings and classified but non-teaching staff are included.

Student representative Nathan Barnard said including the classified staff in training was a great idea because they interact with students as much as teachers.

Additional training

Chair Katherine Johnson proposed the board opt for additional training from the Oregon School Boards Association to gain the likelihood of Brookings-Harbor students being awarded scholarships.

The board agreed to take the training, either 12 or 18 hours and further discuss whether to offer one $5,000 scholarship or two $2,500 scholarships.

The training, according to Johnson, would prepare the board for the collaborative process involving the strategic plan.

Peer mediation

Students Danika Leaver and Isabella Freitas addressed the board and proposed a peer mediation group and club to combat bullying.

They said the club would offer a better communication channel between counselors and students and would help teachers and staff be more aware of agreed-upon actions to stop bullying and harassment.

They were sponsored by faculty member Leila Bryant and said they were also supported by the school’s counselors.

The group plans to work with the counselors and take solutions to the vice principal.

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