March 2017

March 2017

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the March 14, 2017, regular meeting.


Public comments: No one signed up to address the board.

Agenda: The Board approved the amended agenda that was posted March 13, 2017.

Student spotlight: Lake Ridge Elementary School fifth-grade grade robotics and engineering

Project Lead the Way provided Lake Ridge with robotics kits and curriculum training to help engage kids in hands-on learning. Teacher Laura Crawford and students Eden Benzel, Shad Hunt and Lindsay Stratton demonstrated what they had learned about building and programming robots. The kids said they enjoyed learning about the role of robots in everyday life – from microwaves to robotic wheelchairs – and how robots are being used to improve our lives. “Rockets are robots because they have sensors, and they help us figure things out about space.” “They help in military and security by disabling bombs and doing the dull, dangerous and dirty jobs.” During this unit, students learned the importance of following procedures with exactness ("you have to make sure everything is plugged into the right spot”) and persevering through challenges.


Trustee Mandy Simpson reported on her Idaho School Board Association Day on the Hill. She appreciated the opportunity to have lunch with some Canyon County legislators and talk with trustees from around the state about how they can support one other.


  1. Shelley Bonds, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Katie Bosch-Wilson, Coordinator of Secondary Content, presented on the new mathematics curriculum adoption recommendation. It has been about 10 years since the district last adopted a math curriculum. The proposed curriculum, from CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics), hits on several key points, including integration, alignment to standards, speaking and listening, digital literacy, diverse learners, language. While quality was the top priority, the selection is under budget and includes three years of professional development support from the vendor. Chairman Mike Fuller noted that this curriculum adoption is made possible by the supplemental levy approved by voters.
  2. The district is preparing for the second year of the Nampa Personalized Learning Initiative with a new device leasing agreement. A new agreement is required for each year of the roll-out, and includes a multi-year lease for devices received that year. Motion passed.
  3. Randy Dewey, Director of Finance, gave a preliminary overview of the 2017-2018 budget development process.
  4. Nicole MacTavish, assistant superintendent and director of teaching and learning, gave a Calendar Committee update. The 2017-18 calendar is almost done, and the 2018-19 calendar will mirror it. The committee hopes to present the calendars at the April 11, 2017, Board meeting.
  5. The board was advised that no qualified bids were received for a parcel of district-owned land located at West Georgia Avenue and South Canyon Street.
  6. Monthly Budget Status Report: Budget to Actual and Financial Statements
  7. Other: A projection system from Airtame has been installed in the Board Room, allowing for a variety of devices to be used for visual presentations.


  1. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – February 7, 2017
  2. Approval of Minutes: Board Workshop – February 18, 2017
  3. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting – February 22, 2017
  4. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report and addendum
  5. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
  6. Canyon County Statement of Receipts – January 31, 2016
  7. Approval of Right of Entry for Pedestrian Improvements Near Nampa High School
  8. Approval of Right of Entry for Bike & Pedestrian Improvements Near Downtown
  9. Approval of Right of Entry for Pedestrian Improvements on West Iowa Avenue Near Iowa Elementary School
  10. Approval of Right of Entry for Pedestrian Improvements at the Intersection of South Powerline Road and Blakeslee Drive Near Skyview High School
  11. Second Reading and Final Adoption of Revised Policy #4160 Parents Right to Know Notices
  12. Teach for America Agreement 2017-2019: The board questioned why this was again on the agenda. Originally, the program was offered at a reduced rate, and now we are entering into a two-year agreement.
  13. IT Disposal Notification Copiers
  14. Disposal of Surplus Staff Chairs
  15. Math Instructional Material Adoption
  16. Authorize Updated Pathways in Education Charter Performance Certificate


Balanced Governance: The Balanced Governance policy packet is very detailed and the first reading has been postponed to next month. While this is normally a two-reading process, Chairman Fuller recommended extending it to three reading. It will be available in the next board packet.


Nampa Education Association President Shannon O’Donnell expressed her excitement over the math curriculum adoption and her approval of the collaboration involved in the calendar process.

Trustee comments

  • Trustee Simpson was pleased that there was a lot of excitement about the new math curriculum.
  • Trustee Otten attended the open house for the elementary math curriculum options and was impressed.
  • Trustee McGourty had no comment.
  • Trustee Stauffer noted that the board’s movement to balanced governance grew out of need to move forward.
  • Chairman Fuller pointed out that the district is currently a few million dollars in the black thanks to all who assisted in the budget process and the entailing sacrifices.

Board Assessment of the Meeting – Trustee McGourty reported that behavior was satisfactory, the agenda was followed, and all members participated with trust and openness.

Upcoming Meetings: The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 11.

Executive Session: The Board adjourned into executive session. When it resumed, the following motion passed: “I move that the Board express its appreciation of David’s loyalty, dedication and service to the district and community, and the significant accomplishments made through his leadership. Given the current circumstances and to facilitate the transition, the board directs David to immediately prepare his executive team for the transition, and to move into the role of consultation and support beginning March 17.”

The board adjourned at 10:05 p.m.