December 2015


The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was Dec. 8, 2015. The next regular meeting is Jan. 12, 2016.


2000 Series Policy Review – The district administration and Board are engaged in a comprehensive review and update of district policies. Assistant Superintendent Nicole MacTavish provided an overview of the 2000 section. These are the “instruction” policies that most directly address the many policy concerns described in the Curriculum Audit. The 2000 policies will be considered for first reading at the January meeting.

Superintendent Evaluation – Human Resources Director Rachelle Armstrong provided information requested by the Board to aid its annual evaluation of the superintendent.


No changes were made to the agenda.


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The district’s Professional Technical Education Administrator Clay Long introduced culinary arts instructor Debra Guinn. She introduced students Nathan Nunez, Sam Cunningham, and Dinah Jantz who spoke about the program.  Earlier in the evening, students served trustees and district leaders a meal they planned and prepared. In addition, students provided treats for the public attending the meeting and spoke about the program during the meeting. Here’s a link to a short video from the night.


  • Trustee Otten reported he will be observing some senior projects at Skyview.

  • Trustee Fuller reported he toured Union High School and was pleased with the changes in this approach to alternative education.

  • Trustee Stauffer also commented on Union High School and reported on the Idaho School Boards Association conference.

  • Chairman McGourty presented Trustee Fuller with an Award of Boardsmanship from the ISBA for his work as a trustee.



Superintendent David Peterson discussed three policy reports with trustees:

  • Ends Policy Reporting -- Organizational Development E-2D

  • Superintendent Limitations --   Asset Protection SL-2F and Compensation & Benefits SL-2G

School of Choice Committee – Last school year, the district created a process and committee to review schools of choice such as magnet and charter schools. New Horizons Dual Language Magnet School was asked to submit an application for review. A committee reviewed the application and recommended it move forward.

2016 – 2017 Budget Development – Superintendent Peterson reported that early work was under way for next year including projecting enrollment and discussions about the increased levy’s impact on reducing fees for students and families. The process started to replace the Nampa High School band uniforms.

Monthly Budget Status Report – No questions. 



The Board approved


  • Regular Board Meeting Minutes – November 10, 2015 & Regular Meeting Addendum Self Assessment

  • Special Board Meeting Minutes – November 23, 2015

  • Monthly Personnel Report

  • Enrollment Report December 3, 2015

  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts October 30, 2015

  • Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

  • Food Products Bid Award Second Semester 2015 – 2016 School Year




The Board approved

  • Approved proposed Policy GP-2G Agenda Planning

  • Determined the superintendent complied with Ends Policy Review E-2D Organizational Development

  • Determined the superintendent complied with Superintendent Limitations SL-2F Asset Protection, SL-2F

  • Determined the superintendent complied with Superintendent Limitations Policy SL-2DG: Compensation and Benefits





Nampa Education Association – No report.

Trustees – No additional reports given.



The board reviewed an self assessment done by Trustee Otten.



The Board adjourned to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation at 8:28 p.m. It returned to open session and adjourned at 9:14 p.m.