August 2017

The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of the month. Below is a summary of the August 8, 2017, regular meeting. All documents are available at, under “Board of Trustees.”

Work Sessions

6 p.m. BoardDocs training. This was an introduction to a Cloud-based board management system for organizing agendas, supporting documents, meeting minutes, etc.

6:30 p.m.

StrengthsFinder training. Eric Kellerer presented a workshop on how to interpret and build on the strengths defined in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment.


Pledge of Allegiance

Welcoming of Guests

Mission and Vision: Trustees recited the District Mission and Vision statements.

Public Comments: Six people signed up to speak in support of reinstating James Daye as boys basketball coach at Nampa High School: Brook Taylor, Trent Tripple, Kari Hoopii, Lisa Knight, Brian Knight and Nickolas Knight. This was not an agenda item and the board took no action following their comments.

Trustee Comments: Trustee Mandy Simpson commented on the recent Summer Leadership Institute hosted by the Idaho School Board Association. She felt the training was valuable and enjoyed working with other school board trustees throughout the state. Chair Allison Westfall said the highlight of her summer was attending the graduation ceremony for three students at Gateway, which she called motivating.


Early Literacy Results: Tammy Stefan, English language coordinator, presented on the results of efforts to improve IRI scores in grades K-3. The State of Idaho requires each district to submit a plan; this year’s plan is due by Oct. 1. IRI spring results showed an increase in growth from 53.55% to 69.37%. Stefan reported that 90% of this year’s state literacy funding will go toward staff to support at-risk students in grades K-3, while the remaining 10% will be put toward sustaining the professional development done with teachers last year.

Bond Refinance: Information was presented regarding the proposal to refinance a 2006 bond set to mature in 2021. The bond was not eligible for refinancing until this year, and 4-year rates are lower than 15-year rates, which could result in a savings of $687,000. Eric Heringer of Piper Jaffray and Nick Miller and Chelsea Porter of Hawley Troxell presented. The potential loss of income related to the proposed annexation of an area North Nampa to the Vallivue School District could result in a $317,000 revenue loss, based on the existing tax rate. The cost of recapturing that revenue would be $7.60 per $100,000 in home value, per resident taxpayer. Miller noted that refinancing the bond without exceeding the terms of the original bond would not require voter approval. He walked the board through the legal process and the board voted unanimously for refinancing.

Supplemental Levy Analysis: The current supplemental levy (which expires June 30, 2018) includes money for some teacher salaries. Superintendent Paula Kellerer encouraged the board to consider a more permanent funding source for those salaries. She also noted that if the Board chose to include a renewal of the supplemental levy on the Nov. 7 ballot, a decision would have to be made by September. Trustees inquired about flexibility in the budget to include the salaries in question and requested a list of projects that have not been funded due to lack of money. They also noted the need to consider the next phase of personalized learning and the recent failure of some bond measures in the Treasure Valley.

Homeless Youth Update: Steffanie Leicht and Mirella Garcia provided information on the district’s homeless student population. Both work with the district’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance program. Nampa has a high number of homeless students – 1,405, or 10%. Of those, 125 are unaccompanied youth. Following a needs assessment, the program is able to offer support in the form of housing, access to stability, healthy relationships and meals. Next step is to develop a task force involving a variety of constituents, including two Board members. Trustee Mandy Simpson and Trustee Janelle Stauffer volunteered.

K-12 Climate Survey Results: A report of the results of the 2017 Climate Survey are included in the board packet. Due to time constraints, Superintended Kellerer will discuss highlights at a future meeting, at the Board’s request.

Facilities Committee Update: Assistant Superintendent Gregg Russell reported that he is putting together a committee to look at the needs of the district – repairs, improvements, impacts of growth, etc., over the next five years. The committee will include members from across the district, including a variety of employees and community members. The district will review a variety of issues and costs before bringing results to the stakeholders.

Saint Alphonsus Property: A special board meeting to discuss the property Saint Alphonsus has offered the district is scheduled for Aug. 16. The district has already spent about $130,000 looking at the feasibility of the property. The Board will discuss possible uses of the building as well as opportunities and concerns.

Monthly Budget Status Report: Information is available online.

Other: Superintendent Kellerer noted the possibility of the board taking action during a special meeting next week regarding the process for hiring classified staff and issuing supplemental contracts.

Consent Agenda: Approved by unanimous vote

1. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – July 11, 2017

2. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report

3. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports

4. Canyon County Statement of Receipts – June 30, 2017

5. Approval of Safety Bus Routes

6. Approval of Lease of Georgia Avenue Property

7. Approval of Additional Preston Capell Loan


The board will meet twice next week. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, they will look at the Saint Alphonsus donation proposal. On Thursday, Aug. 17, they will review the proposed 1000 series policies and discuss how they want to move forward in working with Dr. Tom Alsbury on the Balanced Governance model.

Continuation of Idaho School Board Association Policy Review: Superintendent Kellerer noted that the district has a contract with ISBA regarding advice on policy and asked about getting their direction on proposed and suspended policies.


Nampa Education Association Comments: NEA President Terri Bentley shared the names of this year’s NEA board and talked about plans for meeting with new teachers. She also shared concerns from teachers about ensuring a half-hour break for lunch during professional development activities.

Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer welcomed President Bentley to her new position.

Trustee Comments: Trustee Kim Rost asked about having legal counsel present at Board Meetings. Superintendent Kellerer noted that the district is looking at present counsel and working to identify one firm to recommend for Board business. Chair Allison Westfall asked for trustee volunteers to attend a portion of the Power Up PLCs professional development activity next week to address certificated personnel. She also asked for someone to serve on the Audit Committee with her.

Board Assessment of Meeting: Trustee Mandy Simpson gave the Board a rating of Satisfactory for the meeting, noting a few distractions and interruptions. The board also belatedly welcomed Stephen Rudy from the Idaho PTA.

The next Regular Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Executive Session: The board recessed into executive session at 9:45 p.m. to consider the following: Idaho Code Section §74-206 (1) (b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student, and (f) to communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramification of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated.

The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m.