March 2015

The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was March 10, 2015.  


  • 2015-2016 Budget: Superintendent Peterson reviewed a draft of guidelines for the 2015-2016 Budget Process.  The district is projecting that enrollment and staffing levels will remain steady.  Superintendent Peterson will seek input on budget priorities from staff and the community and use the information to shape the budget for 2015-16. The formal budget hearing would be in June with final adoption by the Board in July.

  • Curriculum Adoption: Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Nicole MacTavish reviewed the process used to identify Journeys for adoption as a K-5 Elementary English Language Arts Curriculum.



Foreign exchange students Malou Steen Rasmussen and Elena Vallarella gave a brief presentation thanking the Trustees for the opportunity to attend school in the district.


Patron Richard Eisele spoke about high sports fees charged to non-Nampa School District students participating in cut sports. 



Legislative Update

Director of Communications Allison Westfall updated Trustees on the Career Ladder legislation hearing held earlier in the day in the House Education Committee.

Mid-day Transportation Committee Update


Director of Professional-Technical Education Steve Rayborn, updated the Board on the progress of the committee charged with implementing the recommendations of 2014-15’s High School Schedule committee, focusing on the interschool transportation system.  He reported to the Board that the district is phasing in a plan to reduce lost instructional time when students travel among the high schools. The district will phase in a plan to bus students among the high schools three times a day, instead of after every period. The first group of students impacted would be the 2015-16 freshmen, who if they choose to travel to another high school will be scheduled for two periods of classes.

NOTE: Steve Rayborn was thanked for his service as Director of Professional Technical Education. Steve will leave the district for a position of Deputy Director of the State Department of Professional Technical Education.  Steve will be replaced by Columbia High School Vice Principal Jewels Carpenter.

School Choice Committee Update

Director of Student Services Kim Eimers told the Board that the committee formed to make recommendations on “schools of choice” such as New Horizons Dual Language Magnet School has met three times. The committee made up of parents, community members, and educators has discussed created guiding principles for schools of choice, academic features, purposes, goals and outcomes. The Committee’s deadline for a final report is June 1, 2015.

Broadband & Technology Update

Director of Technology Peter Jurhs updated the Board that the transition from the Idaho Education Network to other broadband providers went well. He also updated the Board on the Technology Department’s effort to support the district’s goals to become more data driven; plans to improve quick response to technology needs; increase trust in the IT staff; and other areas for improvement. 


The Board approved the items on its Consent Agenda