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October 2016

 

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the Oct. 11, 2016 meeting. The next regular meeting will be Nov. 8, 2016.

WORK SESSION

Board Development and Community Linkage – Director of Community Relations Allison Westfall and trustees reviewed engagement with stakeholders held during the past four years including:

Board Development Book Study – Due to time, this item was discussed later on the agenda.

CALL TO ORDER

Public Comments – No one signed up to address the board.

Trustee Reports

Trustee Otten reported he has observed the use of the iPads at Lake Ridge Elementary and is looking forward to seeing the results from this effort.

Trustee Simpson reported she attended the Nampa Education Associations building representative meeting and answered questions and she also attended the Columbia High School staff talent show, where she was asked to serve as the judge.

Superintendent Update

School lunch prices – On Dec. 1, the price of full-priced lunches for students will increase to comply with state and federal requirements. A hearing will be held at the November Board meeting. Elementary prices will increase from $1.95 to $2.05 and secondary prices will increase from $2.25 to $2.30. No price change for reduced price or free meal.

Union High School Innovation School – The Office of the State Board of Education received the revised innovation school agreement and forwarded it on the State Department of Education.

Treasure Valley Leadership Academy – Superintendent David Peterson introduced TVLA’s new Principal Emmett Wemp. Emmett joins the district from Project Lead the Way. Prior to that, he was a teacher at Columbia High School. Emmett shared with the Board that he assembled a team. It is planning the school, which is scheduled to open next fall serving high school students.

 

Pathways In Education Charter School – Superintendent Peterson reported the district has received the revised charter and it is being reviewed by attorneys. He has asked the charter to address some areas including requiring the Charter’s Board consist of local individuals and parents and include a seat for a school district representative.

Revised 2016-17 School Calendar -- The State Department of Education revised the SAT day for juniors from Wednesday April 5, 2017 to Tuesday April 11, 2017 requiring the change in the calendar.

Monthly Budget Status Report – No discussion on the revenue & expenditure report and budget to actual chart.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the consent agenda 5-0 which included:

  • Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – September 13, 2016
  • Monthly Personnel Report
  • Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts – August 31, 2016
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of Revised Policy #3008 Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of Policy #2210 School Closure
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of Policy #2350 Student Religious Activity at School
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of Policy #2420 Title I Parent Involvement
  • Repeal Policy #1005 Parent Involvement Policy
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of 4000 Policy Series
  • Second Reading & Final Adoption of Revised Policy #8200 Wellness Policy
  • Repeal Policy #1520 Public Participation in Board Meetings
  • First Reading Revised Policy #7430 Travel Allowances and Expenses
  • 2016-2017 Master Contract
  • Repeal Policy #10103 Access to Public Records
  • Repeal Policy #7001 Support Services
  • Repeal Policy #3001 Administrative Goals and Priorities
  • Repeal Policy #3002 Superintendent of Schools
  • Repeal Policy #3003 Administrative Organizational Plan
  • Repeal Policy #3004 Administrative Committees
  • Repeal Policy #3005 Policy Implementation
  • Repeal Policy #3006 Temporary Administrative Arrangements
  • Repeal Policy #3007 Administrator’s Time Commitment
  • Revised 2016-2017 School Year Calendar
  • Enrollment Report October 3, 2016
  • Information Services Disposal of Surplus Equipment
  • Disposal of School Cafeteria Tables
  • Board Self Assessment September

BOARD DEVELOPMENT AND LINKAGE

Trustees discussed “Evaluating CEO and Board Performance” by John Carver and Miriam Carver as part of its book study on Policy Governance.

ASSURANCE OF ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Presentation of 2015-16 Fiscal Year Audit -- Auditor Kristin Diggs from Eide Bailly presented the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year audit report to the Trustees. Kristin shared there were no findings in the district’s overall finance and no findings in reviews of the district’s federal Title I program and federal Nutrition program. The audits also reviewed spending of the 2015-16 supplemental levy and concluded that it was spent for the uses authorized by district voters. She noted that the district’s unassigned fund balance was about 4% and depending on how the 2016-17 year ends the district could reach its goal of 5%. Trustee McGourty and Trustee Simpson serve on the audit committee and both reported they reviewed the audit in detail prior to the Board meeting.

Monitoring Report –Policy E-2B Scholastic Achievement – Assessment Administrator Anita Christenson provided a Powerpoint Overviewof the monitoring report on the Board’s goals for the district. The District concluded it made overall progress on the ends policies with areas for improvement. The district data show the following on the standards: 

  • The District did not increase the annual graduation rate or exceed the state average.
  • The District increased the enrollment and success in dual credit and Advanced Placement courses.
  • The District showed a decrease in the percentage of students failing classes at each grade level and overall from academic year 2014-2015 to academic year 2015-2016 at the high school level.
  • The District showed a decrease in the percentage of freshman failing overall from 2014-2015 to 2015-2106. The same decrease is shown in the core classes with the exception of second semester Geometry.
  • The District made progress in decreasing the percent of high school and middle school students failing classes including ninth grade.
  • The District made progress in increasing the number of students offered one or more scholarships and the total number of scholarships.
  • District increased the percentage of capstone students earning industry certification; the district decreased the percentage of senior capstone completers.
  • The District decreased the percentage of high school graduates continuing their formal education.

Board Response to Monitoring Report, Policy E-2C Student Engagement – In September, the Board reviewed this report. In a 5-0 vote, trustees concluded that the Superintendent reasonably interpreted the policy and the district is making progress toward achieving the desired results. The Board discussed commendations and concerns submitted by individual trustees via SurveyMonkey and chose items to include in the Superintendent’s evaluation. In November, the Board will determine any revisions to the policy.

Board Response to Monitoring Report, Policy E-2A Academic Competence – In September, the Board reviewed this report and administration presentation.  In a 5-0 vote, trustees concluded that the Superintendent reasonably interpreted the policy and the district is making progress toward the achieving the desired results. The Board discussed commendations and concerns submitted by individual trustees via SurveyMonkey and chose items to include in the Superintendent’s evaluation. In November, the Board will determine any revisions to the policy.

 

POLICY REVIEW

The Board approved:

Discussion of Travel and Reimbursement Board and Superintendent -- After the ISBA Summer Leadership Institute Chairman Fuller requested that the Board discuss the reimbursement process for Trustees. There is also the need to seek clarity on who approves reimbursement and travel requests for the Superintendent. This item was continued to the November board meeting and not discussed.

ADJOURNMENT

Nampa Education Association Comments – Vice President Terri Bentley thanked the Board for approval of the Mastter Contract, thanked Trustees McGourty and Simpson for attending a recent building representative meeting; shared that the new NEA Secretary is Jennifer Jensen.

Superintendent Comments – The Superintendent complimented the district and school staff on their extraordinary work.

Trustee Comments – None given.

Board Assessment of Meeting – Trustee Otten rated the Board’s work as satisfactory. An audience member also rated the Board’s work as satisfactory.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.