The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the February 9, 2016 meeting. The next regular meeting will be March 8, 2016.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Superintendent Peterson clarified that the Bond Refinance on the agenda would require Board action. He also shared that approval of a contract with Education Elements was removed from the agenda.
Career Technical Education Project Manager Clay Long introduce students from the district’s Health Occupations Program. The following students shared their experiences in the program and their career aspirations: Logan Robbins, sports medicine; Malchi Raass and Kelly McAughey, emergency medical technician; Grayson Bradley, dental assistant; and Moises Martinez, certified nursing assistant.
Teach for America Idaho Director Tony Ashton and West Middle School teacher Jessica Kaufman signed to address the Teach for America Contract on the Consent Agenda.
Nampa High School Band Uniforms – Superintendent Peterson introduced Nampa High School Band Director Phil Hoesing and Band Booster President Stacey Gooch who reviewed the process used to purchase new band uniforms, which is supported by passage of the increased supplemental levy in November.
NHS Student and Band member Callista Spear modeled the new uniform and Hoesing reviewed some of the features.
Professional Learning Communities – Superintendent Peterson reported that a team of 16 school and district leaders attended the Professional Learning Community Summit in Phoenix Feb. 2-5.
Innovation Schools – Superintendent Peterson shared that he is working with Rep. Wendy Horman on legislation that would provide schools more flexibility to innovative to improve outcomes for teaching and learning.
Bond Refinance – The district has the opportunity to refinance bonds from 2005 and 2007 and save at least $1.5 million for taxpayers. Eric Heringer of Piper Jaffray and Nick Miller of Hawley Troxell prepared on overview of the plan and attended to answer questions and explain the refinancing plan and a resolution giving the Superintendent and Finance Director authority to execute the sale if the savings threshold was reached. The Board approved the resolution.
Leadership Hiring – Superintendent Peterson advised the Board that the district is accepting applications for three leadership positions:
Nampa High School Principal – Current Principal Byron Holtry is retiring.
Director of Elementary Education – Current Director Nancy Chopko is retiring.
Director of Secondary Education – The position is currently open.
Board Representation on Negotiations Team – Trustees approved appointing Board Chairman Brian McGourty to serve on the negotiations team.
Representation Cards – Idaho Code provides that a Board of Trustees may request the bargaining unit representing non-administrative professional staff to provide evidence that no less than 50% plus one of those represented agree to representation. Trustees discussed this item, but took no action to request proof of representation from the Nampa Education Association.
The administration makes no recommendation regarding the Board of Directors request of evidence of representation.
Monthly Budget Status Report – The board is provided two documents in the report – a budget to actual and monthly status report. Trustee Simpson asked how the budget was tracking compared to the past. Superintendent Peterson reported finances were tracking as expected. Trustee Fuller asked the Board’s Treasurer and Finance Director Randy Dewey about the status of the district’s budget. Dewey reported no concerns and that expenditures were tracking as expected.
Out of State and Overnight Trips – No comments on this item.
The Board heard from the Tony Ashton and Jessica Kaufman on the Teach for America contract. Trustee Simpson shared some thoughts about contract. The Board approved the following items:
BOARD DEVELOPMENT AND LINKAGE
Budget Development – Superintendent Peterson reported that more details would be available in March. He noted that the Budget for 2016-17 likely would have fewer elementary teachers in response to a potential loss of about 550 elementary students to the new Gem Prep Charter School and the expansion of the Idaho Arts Charter School. If the full loss of students is realized, the impact would be about 25 teaching positions with no change in infrastructure.
ASSURANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Monitoring Report, Policy SL-2J: Academic Standards and Practices – Superintendent Peterson asked if the trustees had questions or comments regard the annual report. The report is one of 17 used to evaluate the superintendent.
Trustee Otten said he is happy with the progress toward alignment among schools. Trustee Fuller expressed a concern about the fast pace of change and encouraged the administration to consider the impact on teachers and administrators. Trustee Simpson expressed support with the progress being made. The Board approved a motion that the Superintendent’s report was in compliance with the Policy SL-2J.
Policies monitored the previous month are scheduled for review each successive month. Proposed changes for Policies E-2A and E-2B were detailed in a memo to the superintendent.
Policy Review, Policy E-2I Communication with the Public – No recommendations for changes were discussed.
The Board approved the following policies for second and final reading:
The Board approved the following policies for first reading:
Nampa Education Association
NEA President Kris Carte report included:
Appreciation to the Board for not requiring proof of bargaining status
Concerns about teachers without standard certification being placed in classrooms
Disappointment that training offered by Teach for America has not been extended to other teachers in the district
Trustee Fuller said that he attended the Career Technical Education open houses at Skyview and Columbia high schools and was impressed with opportunities available for students.
Trustee Simpson said she is looking forward to an update on the change in the high school schedule and its impact on tardies.
Trustee Stauffer apologized for missing the January meeting.