School Board Information

Brookings-Harbor School District
Local Control Resolution 2021

WHEREAS, the Brookings-Harbor School District 17C Board of Directors stands resolute in our dedication to ensuring that the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of the youth and employees of the District are at the forefront of all decisions made by the Board.

WHEREAS, the BHSD embraces local and regional data to make the most informed and appropriate decisions, in particular those that are related to COVID-19. The District believes that a “one-size-fits-all” strategy is not the best or appropriate method of managing Oregon School Districts.  

WHEREAS, the BHSD will and has been actively working with our local public health agency and Oregon Health Authority on all matters related to COVID-19.

WHEREAS, as leaders, our priority is to advocate for the community we have been elected to serve.

WHEREAS, as leaders, we recognize that we are role models for the youth, district employees, and the community and will act in a manner that reflects the commitments in this resolution.  

WHEREAS, the Board believes that the staff, volunteers, and coaches who dedicate their purpose in life to educating, encouraging, and caring about the youth, are more than qualified to make their own health decisions.

Now, therefore be it resolved on this 15th day of September 2021, the Board of the Brookings-Harbor School District 17c, formally requests that Governor Brown return local control to each individual elected school board. Change the 2021-22 Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework COVID-19 from requirements to recommendations. Remove vaccine mandates for all educational staff, volunteers, and coaches, and allow superintendents and locally elected school boards to develop strategies and policies that best suit the unique communities we represent.     

ADOPTED 15th day of September 2021
SIGNED Alan Nidiffer, Chairman

September School Board Meeting Summary

The Brookings-Harbor School District Board of Directors met for its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. The full meeting is available for viewing on the BHSD YouTube.

The Board heard a presentation of the Oregon Health Authority officials Dr. Tom Jeanne, Deputy State Health Officer, and Dr. David Candelaria, Consulting Public Health Physician and Josephine County Public Health Officer. They shared updates for Curry County including current COVID-19 case data and trends over time, hospitalizations, vaccination rates, and school case data. The OHA officials gave an overview of guidance on “How Can We Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Schools?” that included the recommendation for vaccination of eligible individuals (12 years and older), consistent use of face coverings, physical distancing, and continued collaboration with Curry community members and schools on contact tracing and quarantine/isolation strategies to slow the spread of the more virulent Delta Variant that is the prevalent strain of the virus in the state and region.

BHSD Special Programs Director Cynthia Barthuly gave an update on the status of programs and initiatives in her department including School Nurse and Health Services; Special Education/504; English Language Learners Title III; Indian Education; McKinney Vento (Homeless Students); Foster Child Students; Talented and Gifted (TAG); and Mental Health. Staffing for these programs includes a large group of district staff and contractors including Licensed Teachers/Youth Transition Program; Classified Support Staff; Indian Education Coordinator (currently hiring); English Language Learner Coordinator; and Specialists such as Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, School Psychologist, Nurse, and Health Aides, and Consultants for Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Autism provided through the South Coast Educational Service District. A highlight video was shared highlighting a standout student who participated in Vocational Rehabilitation through the district’s Youth Transition Program, as well as utilizing other district services and resources, to get her academics, career, and social-emotional goals back on track following dropping out of school and a traumatic car accident. Video available for viewing here.

Superintendent David Marshall shared updates on fall enrollment which is currently 1,481 students district-wide but expected to adjust downward as schools clear any 10-day drops for students that did not show up to school this fall, and the high school accepts some part-time student schedules for alternative education students that will not count as full-time student enrollments. The district budget was built on the assumption of at least 1,400 students this school year, so is still in good standing. Superintendent Marshall discussed progress toward vaccinating staff or completing the state’s required exemption and accommodation process by Oct. 18. The district is on track to have nearly 80 percent of staff vaccinated, which is substantially higher than the community and regional average. Additional precautions will be in place for staff that can not vaccinate due to medical or religious exemption. In total, the District expects to lose at least 3 staff members due to resignations related to the vaccine mandate and does not foresee a major staffing shortage as a result. However, the district and nearly all districts nationwide still face a shortage of transportation employees such as bus drivers. Superintendent Marshall discussed a proposed policy update “AR - Student Transportation by Volunteer” which would allow for more flexibility in allowable ways to transport students to athletics and activities competitions and other events. He shared some student athletics and activities updates, including that a slate of 8 versus 8 football games is in the works for the high school program which was unable to field an 11-person varsity team in the usual league this fall due to low player turnout. Board members were invited to come to see student learning in progress in BHSD schools which are now in their second week, as well as the results of a summer of construction projects on campus that yielded upgraded restrooms, security and fencing, access and inclusion pathways, and more.

In addition to the approval of Consent Agenda items (routine reports), the four board members in attendance (Alan Nidiffer, chair, Jay Trost, vice-chair, Janell Howard, and Janece Payne) unanimous (4 yes, 0 no, 1 absent) approved a Proclamation of October as Bullying Prevention Month and a resolution asking the state to return decision-making control to local school boards concerning COVID-19 prevention strategies.

October Prevention Month: No Bullying

Read the full text of the Bullying Prevention Month Proclamation.

View the application for the Budget Committee Vacancy. Applications for appointment to this committee due by 5 p.m. Oct. 15th to the District Office, 629 Fern Avenue, via fax, or via email to nancyr@brookings.k12.or.us. This is a 2 year vacancy to complete a 3 year term that went unfilled in 2020-21.

2021-22 Meetings

  • Annual Organizational Meeting, 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, Azalea Middle School Library, 505 Pacific Avenue, Brookings, OR. View agenda. View livestream.
  • Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 21, Azalea Middle School Library, 505 Pacific Avenue, Brookings, OR. View agenda. View livestream.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR. View agenda. View livestream.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, UPDATE: Virtual Only Meeting. View via the BHSD Youtube Live Channel. Submit Public Comment via email to Nancy Raskauskas-Coons at nancyr@brookings.k12.or.us by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, for inclusion in the public record.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.
  • Regular School Board, 5:30 p.m, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy Street, Brookings, OR.

General Information

All Board-Approved policies can be found at our Brookings-Harbor School District Online Policy Manual.

The Brookings-Harbor School District uses Boardbook to publish School Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Packets beginning with the August 2015 Board Meeting. Please feel free to click the link below.

LInk to Boardbook (July 2015 to Present)

To view all Archived School Board Agendas or Minutes prior to August 2015, please click the relevant link below.

Link to Archived Agendas. Link to Archived Minutes.

Recent videos 
 

Special School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, Azalea Middle School Library (Livestream Available)  

 

Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (Virtual/Livestream)
 
Budget Committee Meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2021 (Virtual/Livestream).
 
Special Board Meeting/District Leadership Team Work Session, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (Virtual/Livestream).
 
Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2021 (In-Person in the Brookings-Harbor High School Library and Livestream)
Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021
 
Budget Committee Work Session, Wednesday, April 21, 2021
 
Special School Board Meeting, 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2021
Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. March 17, 2021
Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2021
Special School Board Meeting, 6 p.m. Jan. 28, 2021
 
Special School Board Meeting (Work Session - Financial Information), 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2021
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Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 20, 2021
 
Regular School Board Meeting, Dec. 16, 2020
 
Special School Board Meeting Dec. 2, 2020
 
Regular School Board Meeting Nov. 18 2020
Regular School Board Meeting 10/21
Regular School Board Meeting 9/16
Regular School Board Meeting 8/19
Special School Board Meeting 8/14
 
Special School Board 8/6
Special School Board Meeting 7/30
Special School Board Meeting 7/25
Regular Board Meeting 7/15
Annual Organizational meeting 7/15
Community Listening Session 7/9 (on topic of COVID-19 concerns related to returning to school planning)

2020-21 Regular Meeting Schedule

For the 2020-21 year, BHSD Regular School Board meetings are planned for 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Kalmiopsis Elementary School Library, or virtually as required. Special Meetings and work sessions may be added to the schedule as needed.

  • Regular Board Meeting (June 2021), 5:30 p.m. June 16. (Virtual/Livestream). Link to agenda. View Meeting.
  • Regular Board Meeting (July 2021), 5:30 p.m. June 21. Link to agenda. View Meeting.
  • Special School Board Meeting (District Leadership Meeting), 4:15 p.m. June 23, Azalea Middle School Gymnasium. Link to agenda.
  • Special School Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, Due to construction at the high school, meeting location has been updated to Azalea Middle School Library. Link to agenda. View Meeting.
Community Engagement Plan 2019
District Leadership Team Re-Boot June 2021
 
Reflection on District Priorities
  • Student Success: "Student success is the independence to intuitively think critically while maintaining a high ethical and moral character."
  • Staff Recruitment/Retention: "Recruiting, developing, and retaining high-quality staff is vital for student success. Fostering a culture of support with opportunities for growth and development empowers outstanding staff."
  • Relationships: "To intentionally build meaningful relationships with students, staff, families and community with trust and respect to create a positive culture to invest in every student's future."