The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was April 14, 2015.
No work session was scheduled.
Superintendent David Peterson reported that six input sessions were held for employees, parents, and community members and information from those is being compiled.
The Board set May 26 as the public hearing for the 2015-16 Budget and set a special meeting for June 30 for final budget approval.
NUTRITION SERVICES COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION
Superintendent Peterson updated the board on an effort to access the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the federal nutrition program. Schools that qualify under the CEP can provide lunches to all students for free regardless of income. The district’s analysis shows that about eight or nine elementary schools would qualify for CEP, without needing a general fund subsidy to operate. The district will continue to explore this opportunity and update the Board.
DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
Superintendent Peterson reviewed the current version of the district’s organizational chart. The chart displays a slightly smaller but more effective organizational structure, with several positions eliminated in order to create several new positions while creating financial savings.
MONTHLY BUDGET STATUS REPORT
In response to a trustee question about the overall status of the budget, Superintendent Peterson said the administration is comfortable with how district revenue and expenses are tracking.
MONTHLY PERSONNEL REPORT
Chairman Otten noted that several veteran teachers were retiring.
SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE
Director of Special Education Jason Hillman updated the Board on special education in the district. Several years ago, some special education programs were concentrated in selected schools, moving many students with disabilities outside of the neighborhood school. The district is returning to a model where most students are served in their neighborhood schools. Staff will follow the students. Mr. Hillman has informed parents and staff about the change for the coming school year.
The Board approved the following items on its Consent Agenda:
The Board approved the 2015-16 School Calendar with three voting for and one trustee abstaining. A motion to send the calendar back to the committee with concerns about Aug. 11 start date for staff and Aug. 13 start date for students failed.
Prior to adopting the 2015-16 Calendar, board members asked several questions of Executive Director Dr. Nicole MacTavish about the impact of the proposed calendar in the elementary grades, specifically kindergarten with the change to standards based grading and reporting. Dr. MacTavish also answered questions about how the start dates were determined. Dr. MacTavish noted the start dates were influenced by several factors including October in-service days, ending first semester at the start of Christmas vacation, providing a five-day Thanksgiving vacation and two week Christmas vacation, and scheduling teacher work days.
The Board did not approve a proposed 2016-17 School Calendar noting that the district may want to change its guidance around the start date of school. A memo in the Board packet identifies the committee membership and detailed the process.
The Board approved an annual schedule in revised policy BSR-2D for the Superintendent/Administration to report to trustees in the areas covered by the district’s Ends policies and Superintendent Limitations policies.
Working with the Idaho School Boards Association, the Administration and Board are reviewing and updating Board policies and recommending changes or updates.
The Board approved the first reading of the Revised Finance Policies – Series 7000
Nampa Education Association Jaimee Hoesing shared concerns about changing elementary reporting periods from trimester to quarters. She expressed appreciation to board members for listening to concerns.
Trustees McGourty said he looked forward to future board meetings being 60 to 70 percent focused on student achievement.
Trustee Fuller thanked those involved in the calendar setting process.
The board adjourned to executive session. When it returned to open session, the Board voted to expel four students.