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October 2017

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of each month. Below is a summary of the October 10, 2017, regular meeting.

Work Session

The Board looked at proposed policy changes for 1010 (District Purpose, Mission and Vision), 1020 (Continuous Improvement Plan) and 1030 (Key Performance Indicators and Outcome Goals).

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Allison Westfall called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Also in attendance were Trustees Kim Rost, Mandy Simpson, Janelle Stauffer and Mike Fuller. The audience joined the Board in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Trustee comments: Trustee Stauffer said that she and Trustee Simpson had attended a meeting of the Unaccompanied Youth Task Force. The group brainstormed the need to look into a hub concept to help with after school programming. A vision trip to look at a program in Missoula, MT, is a possibility. The district’s 125 unaccompanied youth will have very real needs during the holidays and the team is looking at pairing with community partners to see what assistance is available. She also toured the new Community Resource Center housed at Snake River Elementary school and encouraged other trustees to do the same. She noted the need for shoes and warm clothing as we enter the winter months.

CONSENT AGENDA

A. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - September 12, 2017
B. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
C. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
D. Canyon County Statement of Receipts - August 31, 2017
E. Out of State and Overnight Field Trip Requests
F. October Enrollment Report
G. Approval of Center Pointe Inc. Contract
H. Disposal of Surplus Equipment
I. Disposal of Surplus Copier - Lake Ridge Elementary
J. Approval of Employee Handbook

Trustee Fuller suggested a change to the minutes from the September board meeting to note that the decision to ask for a supplemental levy was passed by a 4-0 vote. Trustee Simpson moved to remove approval of the employee handbook from the consent agenda as she has outstanding questions regarding the grievance process that she will discuss with Human Relations Director Rachelle Armstrong. Following these changes, the consent agenda was approved.

NEW BUSINESS

Nampa Personalized Learning Update East Valley Middle School: Principal Matt Crist and Digital Instructional Coach Tim Rigsby reported on the rollout of one-to-one laptops at East Valley. The devices were made available to a vanguard to classes in each grade level in a soft rollout last spring so teachers could begin to understand how to use them to improve learning. Staff was trained in late April/early May and were able to take a laptop home over the summer to learn how to use it. General rollout began in early September. Instruction is focused largely on the HACK Model of Innovative Instruction (Highly Structured, Allowed Choices, Consistent Application and Knowledge Centered) that helps blend technology and education in the classroom. Jack Conger, a 2017 Columbia High School graduate, was hired to run the help desk. They also reported on the technical elements inherent in the process, as well as the need to educate kids in good digital citizenship. Crist summed up the report by saying that we are doing kids a disservice if we don’t teach them how to effectively use technology.

Enrichment/Intervention Schedule Changes: Executive directors of education Scott Parker (secondary) and Shelley Bonds (elementary) presented on the three tiers of support in relation to our response to intervention (RTI) — core classroom instruction, targeted small group instruction and intensive individual intervention — and the appropriate use of each. Intervention enrichment time is based on the four questions of the PLC: What do we want our students to learn, how will we know they have learned it, what do we do to address students who haven’t learned, and what do we do to enrich students who have mastered the content? They also discussed the importance of developing a K-12 grading policy that is uniform across all schools.

Career Technical Education Presentation: Jewels Carpenter and Clay Long, director and assistant director of career and technical instruction, presented on NSD’s career and technical education programs. Students can choose from 28 career pathways (more than any other district in Idaho); 3,457 students are enrolled in one or more pathways, with an 83 percent pass rate on capstones. Program strengths include school based enterprises, high community engagement, and curriculum and instruction aligned with state standards. Challenges include integration of leadership in the curriculum, staffing and scheduling. Students and staff in the program received several awards this year, ranging from teacher of the year and business recognition to an Agriculture and Natural Resources program award from IATA. Goals include future programs in Dispatching, Manufacturing and Hospitality.

Approval of Annual Audit: Trustee Kim Rost reported the district’s audit committee met Monday. In addition to Chair Westfall and Trustee Rost, the committee includes two community members who are certified public accountants — Jared Zwygart and Michelle Yankovich. Rost reported that the annual financial audit, conducted by Eide Bailly, found no areas of concern. Finance Director Randy Dewey reported that the firm also found that all funds collected from the current supplemental levy are being used in the manner promised to voters.

Monthly Budget Status Report: The board had an opportunity to ask questions about the monthly budget status report. This month’s report included suggestions from the Board to make it more easily understood. Trustees noted the district’s positive financial standing.

POLICY REVIEW

Second Reading 6000 Series Draft Policies: Superintendent Paula Kellerer reported that the policies have been reviewed by the Idaho School Boards Association but have not been reviewed by district legal counsel. She asked to bring them before the Board in the November meeting. The Board approved her request, although Trustee Fuller asked if the document could include ISBA Track Changes.

Second Reading Revised Policy GP-2G Agenda Planning: The board approved the Agenda Planning policy.

Policy Review 3000 Series: This policy deals with student discipline, open enrollment and other student issues. Superintendent Kellerer noted that only the first 10 of 40 sections have been reviewed. Currently, many of these issues are covered under the 10,000-series policies. Once the 3000 series is done, some policies may be retired because they are duplicates. She also noted that some policies are actually procedures, and thus should be deleted from policy.

Suspension of Policy Governance Policies: Last spring the Board suspended a portion of Policy Governance Policies. However, Idaho code also covers these areas, preventing any gaps. The Board voted to suspend current policy (sans the agenda planning policy approved above).

Idaho School Board Association Resolutions: NSD recently hosted the ISBA regional meeting. Chairman Westfall asked trustees for their feedback on resolutions that will be voted on by Nampa trustees during the ISBA convention in November. Approved resolutions will make up the ISBA’s legislative agenda. Trustee Rost suggested the board review the issue in-depth and provide feedback to Trustees Westfall and Fuller by Oct. 30.

ADJOURNMENT

Nampa Education Association Comments: NEA President Terri Bentley noted an increase in membership and reported on NEA efforts to build camaraderie. She also said the NEA supports the districts proposed supplemental levy and offered support.

Board Assessment of Meeting: Trustee Mandy Simpson rated the board’s performance as satisfactory, despite some small interruptions and distractions. She said she felt the time spent discussing policy was beneficial.

Upcoming Meetings - November 14, 2017 7:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 10 p.m.