November 2015

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was Nov. 10, 2015. The next regular meeting is Dec. 8, 2015.


The Board reviewed revisions to its 7000-series policies with Superintendent Peterson.





No changes were made to the published agenda.





Two Columbia High School seniors, Katie Metzger and Jake Carson, talked about their participation in the district’s engineering program housed at Skyview High School Metzger explained one of the extra curricular activities she is involved in through the professional technical program is robotics. The district’s robotics team competed in a world completion last year. Jake shared that his experience in the program helped him determine his future plans to attend Boise State University.



Trustees Mike Fuller and Janelle Stauffer thanked all who worked to pass the supplemental levy. Trustee Mandy Simpson added her thanks and highlighted the Lake Ridge Elementary School’s STEM night and the showcase of district’s students at a Northwest Nazarene University event. Chairman Brian McGourty thanked Trustees Stauffer and Simpson for attending the upcoming Idaho School Boards Association conference.




Nampa Schools Foundation Check Presentation



Superintendent David Peterson accepted a check from Nampa Schools Foundation Interim President Brent Carpenter. The Foundation annually funds grants to teachers in the district and this year it also funded a “Hacker” professional development opportunity between the district and Northwest Nazarene University’s Doceō Center.


Superintendent Limitations Reporting


Budget Execution – Superintendent Peterson discussed this report submitted as part of monitoring Superintendent Limitations Policy 2D. He noted that the district is making progress to restore financial stability and is growing its fund balance and could reach its goal in two to three years.


Student Conduct and Discipline – Superintendent Peterson discussed this report submitted as part of monitoring Superintendent Limitations Policy 2L. He noted the district is conducting a comprehensive review of its student discipline procedures and making changes to improve the process and outcomes for students.

Personalized Device Progress

Superintendent Peterson reported that with the passage of the supplemental levy the district is moving forward with plan to upgrade and expand access to technology for teaching and learning. During the next four years, the district will phase in devices for all students to use and take home. The elementary schools will use Apple devices and secondary schools will use Microsoft-based devices. In addition, extensive professional development will be provided to teachers and staff. A more detailed report will be provided to the Board at a future meeting.


 Monthly Budget Status Report


Finance Director Randy Dewey responded to questions about the district’s estimates for revenue and he noted that the attendance units used to determine funding were tracking well with estimates. The district is waiting to see how its salary revenue estimate compares to the state’s calculation using the new Career Ladder distribution formula.




Trustees approved the consent agenda which included the following items:


  • Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – October 13, 2015

  • Monthly Personnel Report

  • Enrollment Report November 1, 2015

  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts September 30, 2015

  • Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

  • Gem Prep Performance Certificate and Framework

  • Disposal of Surplus Computer Equipment


  • Adoption of 7000 Series Policy Revisions – The board reviewed the changes in its work session. The board moved and the approved for final reading revisions to the 7000 policies with the following changes it deleted policies 7405 and 7407 and revised policy 7500 to align with Idaho Code.

  • The Board approved a first reading of proposed Policy #GP-2G Agenda Planning.

  • The Board repealed old board policies that were replaced in the adoption of new policies.

  • Superintendent Limitations Policy Review

  • The Board moved and approved that the superintendent complied with Policy SL-2D, Budget Execution.
  • The Board moved and approved that the superintendent complied with Policy SL-2L, Student Conduct and Discipline.



Nampa Education Association President Kris Carte thanked past president Jaimee Hoesing for organizing the phone banking for the levy. Chairman McGourty added the boards thank for the NEA’s work and for the support of the Idaho Education Association. The NEA president said she was looking forward to resuming biweekly meetings with the superintendent.  




Trustee Stauffer reported the board’s performance was satisfactory and trustees discussed briefly the protocol for discussion and asking questions.


The Board adjourned into executive session for the purposing of discussing a property and potential legal issue. The Board return to open session and adjourned about 9:30 p.m.