February 2020

Below is a recap of the Feb. 11, 2020, Nampa School Board meeting. Supporting documents can be found at https://www.boarddocs.com/id/nsd131/Board.nsf/Public
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. Chairman Kim Rost and Trustees Heather Lewis, Mandy Simpson and Allison Westfall were present. 
CNA students pose with their instructor in front of the NSD logo.
Student Spotlight – Nursing Students: Teacher Gayle Weatherby and CTE Administrators Jewels Carpenter and Dom Delapaz presented on the certified nursing assistant program that is housed at Skyview High School. Students have the opportunity to test for certification after completing all program requirements. Currently 55 students are enrolled. Seven students shared their experiences in the program and their plans to study nursing in college.
Nampa Education Association Comments: Paula Kellerer said that NEA President Eric Maine was unable to attend but had reported that members are calling patrons in support of the levy. They invite others to join them.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Lewis reminded the audience that it is pertussis season and encouraged them to use hand sanitizer and get a booster shot if necessary. Trustee Simpson reported that she will attend the negotiations meeting on Friday and on Monday and Tuesday will attend the Day on the Hill. Trustee Westfall said she also will attend Day on the Hill, and that she had attended the Skyview Booster meeting where information on the levy was presented.
Public Comments: Bob Otten, who is heading up the levy advocacy committee, gave an update on the group’s progress and activity since January. He reported that they are happy to have Robin Nettinga and members of the NEA on the committee. He also said that Fisher’s Technology will be donating printing services for levy flyers, and Brown Bus Company will hang large banners on four buses beginning in early March. He has opened an account at CapEd Credit Union and invited supporters to donate. Finally, he reported that he will be participating with the NEA on literature drops and phone banking. To join them in calling patrons, contact Bob Otten.
The following consent agenda items were approved by the board:
  • Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - January 21, 2020
  • February Enrollment Report
  • Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
  • Canyon County Statement of Receipts - December 31, 2019
  • Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
  • Out-of-State and Overnight Trip Requests
  • Approval of Permanent Easement South Middle School Pedestrian Crossing
  • Leadership Premium Committee Members
  • Certificated Employees' Evaluation Committee Members
  • Disposal Notification Maintenance Vehicle
  • Disposal Notification Surplus and Damaged Furniture and Equipment
  • Disposal Notification Mower

Census 2020: Heidi Rahn, administrator of federal programs, and Amy Bowman, communications manager in the Mayor’s Office, reported on City and district efforts to get the word out about the Census. They presented information on why the Census matters, including the fact that each resident is worth $1,473 per year in federal funding to the state. Federal funds support more than 100 programs related to schools, including school lunches, technology, special education, Medicaid, Head Start, after-school programs, and block grants for community mental health services. Heidi also discussed the plan for educating our hard-to-reach populations about the importance of filling out the Census forms.

2019 Graduation Rate Report: Assessment Administrator Anita Christenson-Koons reported on the latest state graduation numbers that show Nampa School District outperforming the state. Nampa posted a rate of 82% while the state posted 80.7%. She also reviewed graduation rates for specific populations, including Hispanic, LEP and economically disadvantaged.
Strategic Goals Progress Update: Superintendent Kellerer reviewed the district’s strategic goals and reported that the majority were completed or on track. There was discussion on the special education goal listed under Strategic Goal 4, and how changes in state requirements will affect student testing.
Monthly Budget Status Report: Trustee Westfall had a question about how the district was doing on tracking support units. Superintendent Kellerer reported the district was right on target.
Second Reading Policy #3285 – Relationship Abuse & Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, #3290
– Sexual Assault – Intimidation of Students, #3305 - Prohibition of Tobacco Possession and Use, #3325 - School Climate, #3330 – Student Discipline and #3546 – Violence Prevention – District Threat Assessment: These policies were approved for a second and final reading.
Second Reading Policy #5230 – Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities & #5235 - Staff Health: These policies were approved for a second and final reading.
Second Reading Policy #8300 – Emergency and Disaster Preparedness & #8320 – Emergency Response Drills: These policies were accepted for a second and final read.
Retire Policy #10007 – Assignment to Schools, #10012 – Student Government & #10029 – Student Groups: The board voted to retire these policies.
Legal Update: Attorney Mark Hilty reported he has been working with the district to make sure we stay within the legal requirements for educating about the levy. He reminded the board that while administrators can educate, trustees are welcome to advocate for the levy as long as they do so as individuals.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer recognized government students who were in the audience observing. She reported that the Health Curriculum Committee had met on Monday, comprised of community folks, parents and educators. She said she has been monitoring and working with legislators as education-related bills are introduced. She also attended a city committee with Anita Christenson-Koons that is working to create a plan for coronavirus. She clarified travel expenses for an employee who attended several recent trips for professional development and reviewed a trip by Centennial staff to visit another focus school. Finally, she highlighted a few of the district’s vendor contracts.
Trustee Comments: Chairman Rost asked that those attending Day on the Hill next week report to Board Clerk Tammy Wallen.
Board Self-Assessment: Trustee Lewis rated the meeting as Satisfactory.
Upcoming Meetings: There will be a board work session at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 to discuss board goals and organization. The next regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. March 10.
Adjournment: The board recessed into executive session at 7:30 p.m. After resuming open session at 7:58 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.