The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was Aug. 11, 2015. The next regular meeting will be Sept. 8, 2015.
OPENING BUSINESS – WORK SESSION
The work session was focused on the district’s supplemental levy, which expires at the end of June 2016. The current supplemental levy provides $3.39 million annually.
Piper Jaffray Managing Director Eric Heringer shared a Bond and Levy Planning Presentation which included three tax rate scenarios and the impact of each on funds available for supplemental levies, facilities, and construction bond repayment:
Scenario 1 – No increase in the annual overall tax rate at $4.23 per $1,000. This could provide the district $6.78 million for a supplemental levy and an option for a small plant facilities levy and bond payments.
Scenario 2 – Increase the annual overall tax rate to $4.33 per $1,000. This could provide the district with $7.18 million for a supplemental levy and an option for a small plant facilities levy and bond payments.
Scenario 3 – Increase the annual overall tax rate to $4.99 per $1,000. This could provide the district $7.85 million for a supplemental levy and an option for a larger plant facilities levy and bond payments.
Community Relations Director Allison Westfall reviewed voter registration and levy information plans associated with a November levy.
Superintendent Peterson recapped several unmet needs that were identified during the budget process and stated that additional supplemental levy funds could be used to address them. Needs include reducing class sizes; replacing equipment such as band and sports uniforms; and instructional materials.
The Board approved a change adding an executive session to the end of the meeting to discuss negotiations.
No one signed up to comment.
Trustee Mandy Simpson stated she had been asked about the 2015-16 Calendar and what was the Board-approved use of teacher time on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 14. Superintendent Peterson said since the topic was not on the agenda he would provide information in his Superintendent’s Report under the Other category.
Other – Superintendent Peterson reported there was a request for flexibility on teacher time for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 to allow the half day compensation time to be shifted from Thursday to Friday. He told administrators it could be changed if the following process was followed:
there was a consensus of the teaching staff to make the change and;
the school’s Nampa Education Association building representative signed off;
and staff who made other plans based on the original schedule were accommodated.
Trustee Simpson asked where concerns should be directed if the process wasn’t followed and Superintendent Peterson said he should be contacted or Director of Elementary Education Nancy Chopko.
He also reported that the Will Barber was named Principal of Skyview High School. The position of vice principal is being posted.
Board Retreat – Superintendent Peterson said the Board Chairman is working with Sally Anderson to plan the retreat for the Board, which will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 29. Topic identified for the retreat included: policy governance review; review of monitoring reports and budget for the board’s work and training.
Joint Meeting with Nampa Council and the Nampa Board of Trustees – This meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 31 at the Nampa School District Office. Topics include a student achievement presentation and property values review by the county assessor. Trustees asked that City and School District planned levies be added.
Professional Learning Communities Institute – Superintendent Peterson reported that 205 district teachers and principals attended the two and a half day conference and 60 other area educators also participated. The Institute was a hybrid model involving educators across the United States and greatly reduced the cost. PLCs will be part of the major work of the district this year and in the next couple of years.
Supplemental Levy – The Superintendent and the Board discussed next steps in planning for a levy. It was noted that the district had a great opportunity to increase funding for the supplemental use while keeping the overall tax rate the same by restructuring other pieces of the levy. The Board determined it would need another work session to discuss options for the levy and next steps. This meeting was set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29.
The Board approved the following items on its Consent Agenda:
During discussion of the Consent Agenda items, it was noted that Ridgeline name is listed in the bus routes pending state approval of the plan to merge Ridgeline and Parkview into a single school called Union High School.
Idaho Arts Charter Expansion Request – The Board approved the change the school’s charter.
Ends Policy Reporting – The Board discussed two reports prepared by the administration in compliance with new district policies: E-2C Student Engagement and SL-2C Financial Planning and Budgeting.
The Board unanimously approved a motion finding that the Superintendent has reasonably interpreted the provisions of E-2C and as a baseline year, a judgment of progress is not appropriate at this point.
The Board unanimously approved a motion finding that the superintendent complied with the provisions of SL-2C, Financial Planning and Budgeting.
Trustee Expenses, Idaho School Board Association Convention – Superintendent Peterson asked the Board for guidance on how it wanted to handle board expenses. Board members shared support for trustees attending ISBA conference in November. The Board plan to discuss a process and policy for other expenses at its retreat.
Nampa Education Association
NEA President Kris Carte thanked Superintendent Peterson for the dialogue around work day flexibility. She said the NEA was being asked about when extra day and supplemental contracts would be issued.
Trustee Otten asked about entry to activities in the district for trustees.
Trustee Simpson asked about the supplemental and extra day contract. Superintendent Peterson said her question would be discussed in the executive session.
The board adjourned to executive session to discuss negotiations.
The meeting resumed at 9:20 and trustees voted to adjourn shortly after.