August 2016

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the August 9, 2016 meeting. The next regular meeting will be Sept. 13, 2016.


Continuous Improvement Plan – David Peterson reviewed the current draft of the plan. He also discussed the district’s proposed vision and mission statements and a tagline.

Information on the Board’s calendar policy and the cost of August professional development days were shared in the Board’s packet but not discussed.


Approval of Agenda – The board approved the changing the agenda by moving the following items to the September meeting:

  • Student Engagement Policy Report
  • Board’s Response to the Student Engagement Report
  • Pathways Charter Petition

Public Comments

No one signed up to comment.

Trustee Reports

Chairman Fuller attended the Idaho School Board Association’s Summer Leadership Conference.

Vice Chairman Simpson attended the Idaho Education Association Summer Institute on the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Superintendent Report

Pathway Charter Petition – This was moved to a future board meeting.

Mission and Vision

The Board approved:

Mission Statement: “Our mission is to ensure high levels of achievement for every student.”

Vision Statement: “Every student is fully engaged in extraordinary learning experiences, preparing for successful transition to the next stage of their lives.”

Superintendent Peterson reported the district’s new tagline or motto will be: “Inspiring Excellence – Every Child, Every Day”.

2016-2017 School Year Start Up

Superintendent Peterson updated the Board on the district’s Professional Learning Community’s Institute held the first week of August and the three-day Powering Up PLCs professional development for returning certified staff the week before the start of school.

2016-17 District Administration Organizational Chart

Superintendent Peterson provided trustees two charts:

District leadership structure – It was noted that the Director of Operations position is unfilled this year.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning division

Work Session Schedule

The Board will discuss future work session topics.

Monthly Budget Status Report

The packet includes the following reports:

It was noted that the first pay for the 2016-17 School Year is in September.

Consent Agenda

The Board approved the following consent agenda items:


North Central Nampa Project Partnership

Director of Community Relations Allison Westfall updated the Trustees on this partnership with the City of Nampa, Saint Alphonsus Health Systems and Terry Reilly Health Systems and funded with a Robert Wood Johnson Invest Health grant. She introduced Karla Nelson of the City of Nampa and Clint Childs of St. Als. Ms. Nelson reviewed the groups work so far in a short presentation and video of recent community fair at Lakeview Park.  


  • Monitoring Report, Policy E-2C Student Engagement – This item was moved to September.


Policy SL-2H Communication and Support to the Board – Trustees discussed this policy including concerns with timeliness of materials provided to the trustees, notification of when items are added to the board packet, and desire for training on Office 365.

Policy SL-2M Mandatory Policies – Superintendent Peterson discussed that administrative policies will be put on the Board’s consent agenda. Trustees will discuss this process during their Aug. 20 workshop on policy governance.


Nampa Education Association Comments – NEA President Shannon O’Donnell congratulated Chairman Fuller on his election as chairman. She appreciated information on policy governance and focus on data. She shared concerns about a district wide behavior plan and concern with hiring.

Trustee Comments  

Trustee McGourty remarked on the positive change in Board meetings from three years ago.

Trustee Simpson acknowledged Chairman Fuller for his first meeting as chairman. She is excited about the North Central Nampa project.

Chairman Fuller shared that he would like to focus on Board Development and Community Engagement. He is meeting weekly with the administration to plan the monthly agenda.

Board Assessment of Meeting

Trustee Otten rated the Board process as satisfactory overall.

Next Regular Meeting

  • The next regular meeting will be 7:30 p.m. September 13, 2016 with a workshop at 6:30 p.m.
  • A Board workshop will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 20, 2016.