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: https://www.facebook.com/NampaSchoolDistrict
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
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,
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
PRESTON CAPELL LOAN AWARDS
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 for second reading
revised Series 7000 Financial Policies.
2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
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
Aug. 18 start date for students, instead of Aug. 13
Nov. 25 to 27 Thanksgiving vacation, instead of Nov. 23 to
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
The board adjourned to executive
session. When it returned to open session, the Board voted to expel four