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January 2016

 

TO: All staff

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the most recent meeting which was Jan. 12, 2016. The next regular meeting will be Feb. 9, 2016.

WORK SESSION      
                 

High School Schedule Change 2016 – 2017 School Year – The district’s high school principals and director of career technical education reviewed background and a change in high school busing among the schools and the how the change will impact the 2016-17 school year.  To protect instructional time transfer times change.  Students will spend half the A-Day or B-Day that they travel on their second campus.  The change means students will need to request two classes at the second school when making scheduling choices. For example, a student currently traveling to a school to take a Foreign Language class would need to select a second class on that campus to take, also.  Parents and students will get more information this week from high schools.

 

Mission Vision Branding – Peppershock Media – Rhea Allen, President and CEO of Peppershock Media provided an overview of a branding project under way with the district.  The project will include gathering survey and focus group data on the current perceptions of the district and development of logos and other materials.  Shortly after hiring Superintendent Peterson, the Trustees encouraged the administration to review the district’s mission, vision and logo. 

 

REGULAR MEETING

 

  • Student Spotlight – Centennial Elementary School Principal Dr. Paul Harman introduced school Counselor Abby Stringer and members of the school’s student council.  Students Noelle Overstreet, Jaiden Perry, Kendall Romer and Jackson Blacker presented information to the Board about their adopt-a-senior project.  A short video is on the district’s YouTube Channel.

  • Public Comments – No one signed up to speak.

  • Trustee Comment – No comments made

          

    SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

  • K-12 Insights– The district has engaged K12 Insights, a well-regarded school survey company, to survey parents, staff and students about perception of safety and quality as part of the Board’s Ends Policy reporting on success indicators. A district team is working with school leaders to finalize the survey which will open in late February.

  • LearnStorm Challenge – The Nampa School District was chosen to launch an international math competition among schools in Idaho, Ireland, the Bay Area, and Chicago. The competition called “LearnStorm” is sponsored by the Khan Academy. The kick off will be Feb. 1 at Lone Star Middle School. The invitation-only event will feature Khan Academy Founder Sal Khan, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, and other special guests. 

  • Monthly Budget Status Report – Superintendent Peterson noted a new Budget to Actual chart is being provided to trustees.  Chairman McGourty asked if the report included the district’s emergency levy and negotiated agreement. Finance Director Randy Dewey confirmed the reports reflected those items.

  • Monthly Expulsion Report 

  • Out of State and Overnight Trips

     

    CONSENT AGENDA

    The Board approved the Consent Agenda which included:                                                                                  

 

BOARD DEVELOPMENT AND LINKAGE

 

Digital Initiative -- Assistant Superintendent Nicole MacTavish and Digital Integration Coordinator Dave Guymon updated the Board on the progress of levy-supported upgrades of classroom technology. The successful November levy campaign included launching a multi-year technology upgrade. Over a three to four year period, the district  will be supporting highly personalized teaching and learning, partly through providing all students their own portable computer device, and equipping every classroom and teacher with the technology and training to significantly improve student engagement and student learning.  The first five schools identified for the first phase of the  “digital conversion” will be Lake Ridge, Willow Creek, New Horizons, Endeavor, and Columbia High School. 

 

ASSURANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Monitoring Report, Policy SL-2I: Communication with the Public – The Board discussed this report and found the Superintendent had complied with the with Policy SL-2I.                                                                                         

Superintendent Evaluation & Superintendent Contract Extension – The Board discussed this briefly and a special executive session meeting will be scheduled to further discuss the evaluation. Action on these items were continued to the regular February Board meeting.  

 

POLICY REVIEW

The administration and board discussed whether any changes should be made in the following Ends and Superintendent Limitation Policies. Action to change the policies would be in February.

  • Policy Review, Policy E-2D Organizational Development -- The administration recommended removing item #2, the percent of highly qualified teachers (HQT) increases. Less than one percent of our teaching force did not meet state HQT requirements, and this staff instructed less than 0.75% of classes. It is the administration’s opinion that variation in HQT will be less a function of our work, than of the basic supply and demand of teachers that varies from year to year. The administration recommends removing item #5. After working with the administrative team, the effort required to have valid and reliable data do not appear worth the effort. The key indicators, we suggest, are parent satisfaction with schools (items #6 and #8), along with the student success indicators in Ends Policies 2-A and 2-B.

  • Policy Review, Policy SL-2F Asset Protection -- The administration does not have any recommendations for changes.

  • Policy Review, Policy SL-2G Compensation & Benefits --The administration does not have any recommendations for changes.

     

    2000 Series Policies

    The Board approved for first reading the following policies which may reviewed online at: 

  • 2240 – Class Size

  • 2355 – Release Time

  • 2430 – Gifted & Talented Program

  • 2520 – Curricular Materials

  • 2550 – Field Trips, Excursions & Outdoor Education

  • 2710 – Alternative Measures to the ISAT

  • Note the policies listed below are all in this link:

  • 2000 – Curriculum Development and Assessment

  • 2120 – Program Evaluation and Diagnostic Tests

  • 2140 –Student and Family Privacy Rights: Surveys

  • 2150 –Copyright

  • 2200 –School Year, Calendar and Instructional Hours

  • 2230 –Grade Organization

  • 2300 – Guidance and Counseling

  • 2320 – Health Enhancement Education

  • 2325 – Driver Training Education

  • 2335 – Digital Citizenship and Safety Education

  • 2340 – Controversial Issues and Academic Freedom

  • 2370 – Instruction: Homebound, Hospital and Home Instruction

  • 2390 – Migrant Education

  • 2410 –Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

  • 2435 –Advanced Opportunities

  • 2510 – Selection of Library Materials

  • 2540 – Selection, Adoption, and Removal of Curricular Materials

  • 2610 – High School Credit Earned in Middle School

  • 2620 – Grading and Progress Reports

  • 2630 – Homework

  • 2700 – High School Graduation Requirements

  • 2705 – Military Compact Waiver

  • 2715 – Secondary Route to Graduation

  • 2720 – Participation in Commencement Exercises

  • 2800 – Objectives

     

    7000 Policies

    The Board approved for first reading a revision to 7260 Student Activity Fund policy