May 2017

May 9, 2017

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the May 9, 2017, regular meeting.

Balanced Governance™ Policy Workshop

The board opened the Balanced Governance™ Policy Workshop at 6:30 p.m., featuring Tom Alsbury.

1000-series policies were discussed.


Pledge of Allegiance: Boy Scout Troop 116 presented the flag and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Any youth organization that would like to present the flag at a future board meeting should contact Kathleen Tuck at

Public Comments: Not one signed up to address the board.

Student Spotlight: East Valley Middle School and West Middle School UNICEF project. The program provides activity trackers for kids; distance walked=food packages for those in need.


Approval of School Resource Officer Contract: Assessment Administrator Anita Christenson reported that the district has created an Emergency Operations Plans, which is undergoing multi-agency review and vetting to assure that it meets FEMA guidelines. Plans also have been submitted for each school building. The district also held active shooter training this year and improved communication between the district and the Nampa Police Department. Additionally, a new 3-year contract was presented. Trustee McGourty pointed out that the city spends more on our SRO contract than we pay them, and that the District appreciates their support. The board approved the new contract.

Special Education English Language Arts Supplemental Curriculum Adoption: A new curriculum was adopted a couple of years ago, but supplemental materials were needed for our special education population. Director of Special Education Jason Hillman reported that the new materials, SRA Flex Literacy (for grades 3-12), provides a bridge to core content based on a student’s skill set. The board approved the new supplemental curriculum. The board approved the new supplemental curriculum.

Early Literacy Project: Elementary ELA Coordinator Tammy Stefan reported on early findings on this project with BSU’s Lori Ferguson to develop early literacy training for educators. The program is aimed at K-3 students who are not testing as proficient in reading. Students are provided with intervention and teachers receive several half-day trainings. Results of recent testing should be available by June.

Developing Mathematical Thinking Initiative: Content coordinators Katie Bosch-Wilson and

Cindy Dion reported on the use of professional development hours to improve student achievement and understanding using the DMTI approach, developed by BSU professor Jonathan Brendefur. The program is in use at Roosevelt, Park Ridge, Sherman, Iowa, Reagan and Snake River elementary schools, East Valley and West middle schools, and Colombia, Nampa and Skyview high schools. Data shows that teachers appreciate the method and that it improves instruction and is impacting student work. 

Paraprofessional to Teacher Program: Director of Special Education Jason Hillman reported on the program to train paraprofessionals to become special education teachers. The program is a partnership with Boise State University and College of Western Idaho to help teachers earn the credits they need. Cost and credit requirements were adjusted to help accelerate the program in this streamlined degree. NSD provides a computer lab and support. We also are looking at the ability for loan forgiveness after five years of teaching.

Monthly Nampa Personalized Learning Update: Greg Russell reported that folks will be in schools again in a couple of weeks to see how well NPL is being utilized in the classrooms: are students being engaged and what is the level of learning? Also, the use of individual iPads for kindergartners is being reevaluated. By moving kindergarten iPads to a cart to be shared among classrooms, and adjusting first grade to a 2-1 ratio, the district could save $70,000 per year and lessen the impact of adjusting the curriculum. He also updated the board on a recent trip to Bend, Oregon, with a district team, to observe their experience with personalized learning. What they saw affirmed that NSD is headed in the right direction.

Update of Technology Bid Award: Budget Director Randy Dewey clarified that the technology bid award is for $50,000 per month, not $50,000 per year.

Petition to Cede to Vallivue Update: Assistant Superintendent Nicole MacTavish reported that there will be a hearing at Snake River Elementary School on May 15 to address the petition to cede part of the NSD to Vallivue School District. The Board’s position has been to remain neutral.

Negotiations Update: Human Resources Director Rachelle Armstrong reported on the progress of Master Teacher Contract negotiations. The teams have tentatively agreed to 7 of 12 articles and are making good progress.

There were no questions regarding the Monthly Budget Status Report or Expulsion Report.

The Board approved the Consent Agenda consisting of the following:

1. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting — April 11, 2017 

2. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – April 11, 2017 

3. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting – April 27, 2017 

4. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report 

5. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

6. Canyon County Statement of Receipts – February 28, 2017 

7. Canyon County Statement of Receipts – March 31, 2017 

8. Acknowledgement of Enrollment Report May 3, 2017

9. Information Services Disposal of Surplus Equipment

10. Disposal of Excess Curricular Materials

11. Add Scott Parker, Executive Director of Secondary Education and Shelley Bonds, Director of Curriculum and Instruction as Authorized District Signatories


The Superintendent Hiring Process was discussed. Trustee McGourty is heading up the process. He commented on the great turnout for the community meet-and-greet with finalist candidates on Monday night and said that the topic would be addressed in executive session later in the evening.


The Board approved the Open Enrollment policy for a second reading.

The Board also voted to table further action on Balanced Governance policies until after the Trustee election.


Nampa Education Association Comments: NEA President Shannon O’Donnell expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to sit in on superintendent interviews and was pleased that so many people were involved. She was pleased that negotiations were going well and were collaborative and positive.

Superintendent Comments: Assistant Superintendent Nicole MacTavish noted that this is her last NSD Board meeting, as she will be taking vacation days next month before moving to a new position in Richland, Washington. She expressed thanks to the board and district team for a wonderful experience.

Trustee Comments: Each of the Trustees expressed their appreciation for the service Nicole MacTavish has offered the district.

Board Assessment of Meeting: Trustee Stauffer gave the board a satisfactory rating.

Next Regular Meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on June 13.

At 9:05 p.m., the board dismissed into executive session to discuss the qualities of superintendent candidates.

At 9:30 p.m. The board returned to discuss the qualities of their preferred candidates, referring to them as Candidate A and Candidate B. A vote was taken to extend an offer to Candidate A. The Board also authorized Trustee Fuller and HR Director Rachelle Armstrong to begin contract negotiations.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.