April 2017


The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the April 11, 2017, regular meeting.


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

Agenda: The Board modified the agenda posted April 7, 2017.

Staff Spotlight: Tamara Frank

Columbia High School principal Cory Woolstenhulme recognized ag teacher Tami Frank, who was named an “Inspirational Teacher” by a former student who now attends Eastern Oregon University. Samantha Womack, a first-year honors student, said Ms. Frank was the only teacher who understood her personality. The award recognizes high school teachers who influence students on their road to higher education.


None of the trustees had anything they wanted to report.


Misty Swanson from the Idaho School Board Association reported on the search for a new superintendent. The ISBA was hired to market the search and help screen candidates. She reported that 1,100 brochures were mailed to superintendents, principals, etc., more than 2,000 emails were sent, and the job was posted on several job websites (such as Ed Week and K12 JobSpot). Twenty applications were received and screened to determine experience in several areas such as superintendent and/or central district office, size of district, etc. Next steps include narrowing the list down to a small group of finalists, conducting reference checks and scheduling interviews for early May. Trustee Brian McGourty will serve as board contact for the search. Information collected three years ago from the community regarding important characteristics of a superintendent will be used to inform this search. People interested in being part of the interview committee can contact Rachelle Armstrong at


Curriculum Adoptions: Presentations were made on the selections for the Elementary Math and Digital Citizenship and Keyboarding curriculum. In both cases, current curriculum is not adequately aligned with current state standards and Nampa School District values. The selected curriculum was approved by the Board.

School Calendars: The calendar committee proposed two years of academic calendars: 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The Board unanimously approved both.

Treasure Valley Leadership Academy update: The school held its lottery and has accepted 55 students. A college and career counselor has been hired and interviews are being conducted to hire teachers. The school will open in the fall in the Parkview School building.

Nampa Personalized Learning update: A recent walk-through of schools using personal devices showed them being used about 70 percent of the time in the classrooms, and 87 percent of students were engaged in digital coursework. Director of Information Services Peter Jurhs reported the need to build our own support for the devices in order to save the district money now being allocated to outside vendors. He also reported that Dell will replace the devices used this year at Columbia High school with 3189 2-in-1 laptops that will address some of the issues experienced this year. Phase 2 schools are Owyhee and Reagan elementary schools and East Valley Middle School.

Financial update: Finance Director Randy Dewey reported that budget numbers were presented to schools at the state Superintendent’s Legislative Road Show and are encouraging. More details will follow soon.

Contract Negotiations update: Human Resources Director Rachelle Armstrong reported that teacher contract negotiations have begun and will continue until an agreement is reached. Anyone interested in observing negotiations from 4-6 p.m. is invited to attend. Upcoming dates include: April 14, 19, 20 and 26.


The consent agenda was unanimously approved with the omission of Item 7.


Chairman Mike Fuller reported he has spent time with consultant Tom Allsbury (Balanced Governance™) reviewing 1000-level policies and believes they will be ready to post online April 18 and will be ready for a first reading next month.

Executive Director of Secondary Education Scott Parker reported on the first reading of the Open Enrollment policy. There is no existing policy. The committee is working to write policy so it can be tweaked over time to best serve families. Challenges are to protect neighborhood students and stay within capacity. The policy was approved for a first read.

Next regular meeting is 7:30 p.m. May 9

The Board adjourned at 9:35 p.m.