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September 2015

BOARD REPORT

The Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was Sept. 8, 2015.  The next regular meeting will be Oct. 13, 2015.

OPENING BUSINESS – WORK SESSION

The work session was focused on the district’s tax levies.

  • Director of Community Relations Allison Westfall shared a summary of the Administration and Board in-person and online feedback regarding three scenarios for a supplemental levy. The Board was provided the complete online survey results prior to the meeting.

  • Superintendent David Peterson reviewed three levy resolutions:

    • Option 1 – Steady tax rate, collecting more for supplemental and less for bonds providing $6,780,000 a year

    • Option 2 – $.25 increase providing $7,780,000 a year

    • Option 3 – $.45 increase providing $8,910,000 a year

  • Superintendent Peterson informed the board that growth in average daily attendance qualified the district for an emergency levy, which would be discussed during the regular meeting.

REGULAR SESSION

AGENDA APPROVAL

No changes were made to the published agenda.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No one signed up to comment.

TRUSTEE COMMENTS

  • Trustee Otten shared he toured Union High School and thought it was great program.

  • Trustee Stauffer shared she attended the Student Teacher Professional Learning Community Open House at Roosevelt and was impressed.  

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

Ends Policy Reporting - E-2A – Academic Competence Report. Assessment Administrator Anita Christenson provided an overview of this annual report on student performance in the district.   

Monthly Budget Status Report.

CONSENT AGENDA

The Board approved the following items on its Consent Agenda.

ACTION ITEMS

Emergency Levy – The district’s average daily attendance increased by more than 100 students compared to the same period last year. This increase qualifies the district for an emergency levy. A special meeting to discuss the levy and potential uses for the money is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.

Supplemental Levy Resolution

The Board discussed and debated the three options for a supplemental levy.

  • The first motion was to approve Option 1 – Steady tax rate, collecting more for supplemental and less for bonds providing $6,780,000 a year. The motion failed with Trustees Fuller, Simpson and Stauffer voting no; and Trustees McGourty and Otten voting yes.

  • The second motion was to approve Option 3 – $.45 increase providing $8,910,000 a year. The motion failed with Trustees Simpson and Stauffer voting yes; and Trustees McGourty, Otten, and Fuller voting no.

  • The last motion was to approve Option 2 – $.25 increase providing $7,780,000 a year. The motion passed unanimously.

Ends Policy Review

E-2C – Student Engagement. The Board approved for first reading changes to this policy.

E-2A – Academic Competence. The Board unanimously found that the Superintendent had reasonably interpreted the provisions of E-2A and (2) as a baseline year, a judgment of progress is not appropriate at this point.

OTHER REPORTS

Nampa Education Association President Kris Carte thanked the trustees for their thoughtful discussion on the supplemental levy; shared that NEA was gaining members; and expressed a desire for the NEA to work cooperatively with the district.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

Trustee Otten thanked trustees for their great levy discussion.

Trustee Fuller shared that Trustees would take turns evaluating the Board’s work each meeting using a Board Self Assessment Form. He reported the Board's performance was “satisfactory.”

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board adjourned to Executive Session to discuss negotiations and a personnel issue. The Board returned to open session and adjourned at 9:30 p.m.