May 2015

The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was May 12, 2015. 


No work session was scheduled.



Park Ridge Library Project – Principal Anita Christianson introduced 3rd Grade Teacher Amy Wiltrout. Mrs. Wiltrout shared a video recapping her students’ yearlong research project on the Nampa Public Library.  The video is posted on the district’s Facebook page:

Nampa High School Seat Belt Campaign – Principal Byron Holtry introduced Junior Isaac Solis, who provided an overview of a two-week public awareness campaign aimed at getting more students to Buckle Up.


Maureen O’Toole, CEO Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, expressed concerns about the district’s change to electronic flyer distribution this year.



Gem Prep Representative Jennifer Capps presented trustees with a petition for a proposed charter school to be called Gem Prep. The presentation of the petition to the Board is the first step in the process. The next step is for a hearing to be scheduled and then the Board to determine whether to grant the petition or to refer it to the Idaho Charter School Commission.


Michelle Lillywhite of EF High School Exchange Program presented the district with an award of excellence for its support of international exchange students.


Superintendent David Peterson reported that the district is moving forward with budget development. A hearing on the budget is set for the next Board meeting June 9 and the final adoption scheduled for June 23. Trustee McGourty asked about the state’s new Career Ladder and its impact on the district. Superintendent Peterson reviewed that the district’s negotiations team is working on the teacher salary contract for next year.  He shared that surrounding districts are approaching setting salaries in different ways.

Trustee Fuller asked for an update on filling open elementary principal positions. Superintendent Peterson reported that the district received 55 qualified applicants for the six open positions. Interviews are under way this week.


The Board approved the following items on its Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – April 14, 2015

  • Monthly Personnel Report

  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts March 31, 2015

  • Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

  • Football Equipment Use Request for Summer Camps

  • Alternate Graduate Requests Parkview High School

  • Alternate Graduate Requests Ridgeline High School

  • Alternate Graduate Requests Nampa High School

  • Alternate Graduate Requests Skyview High School

  • Alternate Graduate Requests Columbia High School

  • Out of State Field Trip Request, FCCLA National Leadership Conference, Columbia, Nampa and Skyview high schools, Washington DC, July 3, 2015 through July 10, 2015

  • Out of State Field Trip Request, TEAM+S/TEN80 National Competition, Nampa High School, Houston, Texas, May 14, 2015 through May 17, 2015

  • Out of State Field Trip Request, HOSA National Leadership Conference, Skyview High School, Anaheim, California, June 23, 2015 through June 28, 2015

  • Out of State Field Trip Request, Skills USA National Leadership Conference and Competition, Idaho Center for Advanced Technology, Louisville, Kentucky, June 20, 2015 through June 27, 2015

  • Out of State Field Trip Request, Washington Leadership Conference, Nampa FFA, Washington D.C., July 7, 2015 through July 14, 2015




The Board approved 25 students to receive Preston Capell Loans. Capell, a former Nampa mayor, created the fund in his will to allow for low-interest loans to NSD graduates.


The Board approved a second reading of the revised 7000-series Financial Policies. 


The Board approved a revised 2015-2016 Calendar. After concerns were expressed about starting school on Aug. 13, the district administration gathered additional feedback from parents, staff, students, and the community. The calendar committee reconvened and reviewed nearly 3,800 responses and made major changes to the calendar include:

  • Aug. 18 start date for students, instead of Aug. 13

  • Nov. 25 to 27 Thanksgiving vacation, instead of Nov. 23 to 27

  • Moved conferences days to coincide with the end of first quarter. School will be held on Oct. 1-2; but not Oct. 22-23 (Parent/ teacher conferences and teacher comp day for evening parent conferences)

  • The calendar continues to have first semester ending prior to Christmas vacation. This single decision places the start date no later than the third week of August. To start the last week of August, or later, semester break would have to occur in January


  • No report from the Nampa Education Association.

  • Trustees discussed a desire to have a work session to review and discuss Financial Policies and to schedule training for trustees for future work sessions. 


The board adjourned to executive session. When it returned to open session, the Board voted to expel four students.