May 2016

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the May 10, 2016 meeting. The next regular meeting will be June 14, 2016.


Innovation Schools

Superintendent Peterson shared information about the district’s plan to submit two or three innovation schools proposal to the state July 1.

Of the schools being consider:

  • Converting Union High School to an innovation school
  • Launching a new Treasure Valley Leadership Academy for high school students
  • Partnering with a Charter Management Organization for a new school

The Idaho Legislature created a new Innovation Schools Act. The Act allows regular public schools to become semi-autonomous schools, with significant freedoms from district and state rules, regulations and policies through a written agreement with the local Board of Trustees.

The district will bring proposed agreements to the board for approval at its regular June meeting.


Approval of Agenda – The Board made no changes to its published agenda. 

Student Spotlight

New Horizons Idaho Green Schools Challenge Award

New Horizons Dual Language Magnet School’s Recycling Club won first place in the Idaho Green School Challenge and sixth place in the national Recycling Robo PepsiCo Recycle Rally contest. New Horizons teacher Meghan Coronado and fourth and fifth graders Sophia Cervantez, Mylie Mills, Alexis Peterson, Sylvie Allen, Ashlynn Heath, Halle Harrison, Victoria Ortega, Natalie Sancha, Ella Boothby, Alexa Gomez and Tacy Bledsoe shared details of the project with the trustees.

Elementary Walking Tracks

The district partnered with the City of Nampa, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, and St. Luke’s on an elementary walking track program. Director of Community Relations Allison Westfall provided trustees with a project overview; independent project evaluation; and information about a companion project with St. Alphonsus. Trustees watched a video report on the project that featured students and staff at Endeavor, Greenhurst, and Central elementary schools.


No one requested to speak to the Board.


Trustee Fuller reported he met with members of the Nampa Education Association to review policy governance and that he was looking forward to the upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Trustee Otten reported he attended an informational meeting at Union High School.


Lease Resolution Amendment – Trustees approved this change.

Update on Bundling of Classes at High Schools – Director of Career and Technical Education Jewels Carpenter reported that the high schools are working on student schedules for 2016-17. Counselors have created schedules for juniors and seniors and are working on sophomores and freshman. Schools have identified solutions for students who may need options as the high schools implement the requirement that students remain on campus for two classes when they travel to other schools. The goal is to provide schedules the last week of school.

Update on 2016-17 School Year Budget – Superintendent Peterson said the district will be ready for the June 14 budget hearing.

Monthly Budget Status Report – No discussion on this item or its revenue and expense section.

Monthly Expulsion Report – No discussion on this item.

Out of State and Overnight Trips – It was noted that Career and Technical Education students are traveling for various competitions.

The Board approved the Consent Agenda which included the following items:

  • Board Self Assessment April 2016
  • Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – April 12, 2016
  • Minutes: Special Board Meeting – April 18, 2016
  • Monthly Personnel Report
  • Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
  • Enrollment Report –May 1,2016
  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts – March 31, 2016
  • Extended Resource Room Curriculum Adoption and Purchase
  • Disposal of Excess Curricular Materials
  • Disposal of Old Nampa High Band Uniforms


K12 Perception Data — Director of Community Relations Allison Westfall provided an overview of survey data from parents, staff, and students (grade 6-12) as part of the Board’s Ends Policies on perceptions of satisfaction and safety among the district’s stakeholders. The comprehensive survey also looked at other factors related to the overall service in schools and for development of a logo for the district.  The presentation, an executive summary, and two reports for each group are posted online.


Monitoring Report, SL-2H Communication/Support to the Board – Superintendent Peterson briefly reviewed this report. The Board found the Superintendent had complied with the requirements of the policy.


Policy #2130 – Research Studies
– The Board approved for first reading this new policy.

Policy SL-2A Treatment of Parents, Students and the Public – Superintendent Peterson reported on this in April and the Board’s practice is to review the policy for possible changes the following month. No changes were recommended.


Nampa Education Association – No representative was present to report.

Trustee Comments – Trustee Stauffer expressed appreciate for New Horizons Dual Language Magnet School.

Board Assessment – Trustee Stauffer completed the assessment of the Board’s work for the night and rated it satisfactory.

Executive Session – The Board adjourned into executive session. When it returned to open session, it unanimously ratified the placement of an employee on paid administrative leave.

The Board adjourned at 9:02 p.m.