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December 2014 Board Report

Each month after the Board of Trustees meeting, a summary report of what happened is prepared.

This is the report for the Dec. 9, 2014 Regular meeting. Should you have difficulties with the links on this page, the agenda materials are on our website: 
www.nsd131.org under Board of Trustees, Board Agenda, December 9, 2014 Agenda Packet.

WORK SESSION

The Board of Trustees and Superintendent Peterson discussed a framework to create ends policies in four areas: academic competence, scholastic achievement, responsible citizenship, and organizational development. This fall, the Board gathered feedback from stakeholders during listening sessions and online. The compiled feedback is posted online. Based on the discussion, ends policies will be drafted for the Board to consider in January.  The final ends policies will be used to measure the success of the district and to evaluate the superintendent.

REGULAR MEETING

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Peterson reported on the following topics:

  • New Horizons Transportation: Limited busing for the magnet school began this week. About 200 students are being transported to and from sites around the city to the school.

  • Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Curriculum Audit: In February 2015, a PDK team will review the district’s written, taught, and learned curriculum and make recommendations. The report  will provide a baseline for planning. This audit is part of the district’s Key Work in “Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.”

  • High School Schedule and Transportation Task Force: Last year, a Board committee reviewed the high school schedule and made recommendations including changing the shuttle bus schedule among the high schools from every period to three times a day. A Task Force led by Professional Technical Education Director Steve Rayborn, assisted by Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Nicole MacTavish, is charged to create a plan for implementation of the busing change. The plan shall include recommendations for addressing problems the transportation changes generate. The plan also will require consideration of district-wide student scheduling.

  • Elementary English Language Arts Adoption: A committee is working on a comprehensive “curriculum renewal” project. The first area for consideration is a K-5 comprehensive English Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking) curriculum. 

Consent Agenda

The Board approved its Consent Agenda which included:

  • Minutes Regular Board Meeting – November 11, 2014

  • Monthly Personnel Report

  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts October 31, 2014

  • Bid Award 2nd Semester Food Products

  •  Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

  • Overnight Trip Request, National 212/360 FFA Conference and Day on the Hill, Boise, Idaho, January 26 and 27, 2015

Action Items

  • Teach for America (TFA): The Board heard from five individuals on the Teach for America Contract.  Prior to the meeting, the Board was provided extensive information about the program. Trustees asked several questions of the administration and TFA Idaho Representative Tony Ashton. The Board approved the contract between the district and TFA in a 4-1 vote. Under the agreement, TFA will assist in recruiting teachers to the district and will provide the teachers with extensive professional development and support during their first two years of teaching.  

  • Master Contract Amendment Ratification: The Board approved changes to the district’s Master Contract for 2014-15 in a 5-0 vote. The changes previously were ratified by the Nampa Education Association. The changes will result in all certificated staff members being restored to their earned level of pay based on their experience and education. Any pay changes resulting from this restoration will be retroactive to the start of the 2014-15 school year.  The restoration of the three frozen steps for experience movement represents the first time the certified staff salary schedule will be fully funded since 2008-09. Note: More information is forthcoming from the Human Resources Department.

  • Strategic Planning Policy: The Board approved for first reading Policy #1315.

NEA Report

President Jaimee Hoesing expressed disappointment in the board’s decision on the TFA contract and thanked the board for ratifying the changes to the Master Contract.

Executive Session

The board adjourned into executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters.