Below is a recap of the June 9, 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 via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Chairman Kim Rost and Trustees Mike Kipp, Mandy Simpson and Allison Westfall were present.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Westfall invited to observe a moment of silence to reflect on the last few months and the losses in our community, nation and world.
Public Comments: A lengthy comment was submitted and will be shared when that item comes up for discussion.
Items H and M were moved to new business for further discussion. The remaining consent agenda items were approved by the board.
- Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - May 12, 2020
- Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting - May 12, 2020
- May Enrollment Report
- Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
- Canyon County Statement of Receipts - April 30, 2020
- Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
- Approval of 2020-2021 Elementary Student Handbooks
- Approval to Pay Off Warehouse Lease Option
- Approval of Athletic Trainer Contract
- Approval of Transportation Contract Addendum 2020-2021
- Approval of School Resource Officer Contract 2020-2023
- Approval of Athletic Equipment Use Request
- Approval of Surveillance Camera Bid
Approval to Pay Off Warehouse Lease Option: Superintendent Kellerer commented on how fortunate the district was to receive cash offer for the Parkview property and encouraged the board to approve purchasing the new warehouse outright, contingent on the sale going through for Parkview. Trustees were encouraged to put any leftover funds into an account that would be used for facilities. The motion passed.
Approval of Surveillance Camera Bid: Superintendent Kellerer reported that there were four bidders for this contract, two of whom met all the requirements of the proposal. She asked the board to honor the responsive bidders by awarding the bid tonight. Comments from Scott Chandler, one of the bidders, were read aloud. Those comments can be found under the agenda on the webpage. The board was asked to focus on the bid process, which specified that bidders “must” attend a walkthrough. This vendor did not do so and was disqualified. Board attorney Maren Ericson noted that the district followed the process exactly.
A recommendation was made to request approval for renegotiation with the winning bidder, Ednetics, to coordinate with COPS grant requirements. If that can’t be done, it was recommended we go back to bid. The project bids are for five years; COPS grant can only go for two years. The board authorized the district to enter into negotiations with Ednetics.
Union High School Student Achievement Results: Union Principal Melisa LaPrath reported on Union High’s progress toward benchmark. The school focused heavily on climate and culture this year and saw an increase in climate and culture satisfaction, including reports of a positive workplace and team respect. The school’s graduation rate is the highest it’s been since inception, increasing from 30.9 to 51.7 percent. Union transitioned to a shared leadership model this year, leading to increased attendance across all grade levels. Another focus this year has been on internships. Union realized a 93 percent internship rate for the second semester (compared to 63 percent last year). Melisa also shared Union’s new purpose statement: “Prepare for life after graduation through internships that teach them life skills, community connections, and challenge them to think independently and to find their passions.” Next year staff want to work on academic rigor connected to high quality projects and create a union student profile to help prospective students and parents see what Union can offer. Melisa shared that students are recruited through events at other schools, such as lunch and learns, but future goals include securing tables at community events to reach kids who aren’t currently NSD students.
Standards-Based Grading Update: Assistant Superintendent Gregg Russell reported that initiative will not expand beyond the original pilot schools at this time, although Nampa High Principal Waylon Yarbrough did express an interest in coming on board. That request is under consideration pending more data. He then discussed Otus, the new gradebook for standards-based grading. He said Otus has three main components: Gradebook, a learning management system (NOVA will be utilizing this), and a data collection piece. Training was provided to staff and administrators at the end of the school year. Going forward we will develop some fall trainings for new hires, develop a communication plan for parents, and look at grade conversion and edits to the teacher manual. Other courses will continue with PowerSchool, and in the case of Columbia High, Summit. Information is available to assist parents and students in navigating these systems.
Authorization to Issue 2020-2021 Contracts: Because we haven’t yet been able to address contracts and salary in our negotiations meetings, the board was asked to approve issuing teacher contracts based on this year’s salary numbers, to be reissued once a new contract has been ratified. Because minimum salaries are specified in the new career ladder, no contract will be issued for less than $40,000.
Approval to File an Impacted Average Daily Attendance Request Form: This request addresses reduced attendance numbers due to COVID-19. Operational funds are based on attendance numbers. The board approved this request.
Approval of Lease Resolution for Laptops: This request includes better device (with larger screens) for teachers, based on feedback regarding the remote teaching experience. Their current device is the same as the student devices. Primary funding would be a combination of levy dollars and technology funds. The board approved this request.
Budget Discussion: Finance Director Randy Dewey reviewed budget documents found in the board packet. Trustee Westfall thanked Superintendent Kellerer, Assistant Superintendent Russell and Finance Director Dewey for taking time with the board to explain the budget numbers. These documents will be published in the newspaper, and the public can provide comment at the June 30, 2020, board hearing.
Declare Vacancy in Trustee Zone 5: Trustees declared a vacancy in Zone 5, created by the resignation of Trustee Heather Lewis at the May meeting.
Discussion of Application Process: Trustees discussed the process to apply for this seat. Interested candidates who live in Zone 5 may apply by submitting the application that can be found at https://bit.ly/3dMQDyw. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 17. Interviews for top candidates will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. July 30. The new trustee will be announced at the regular board meeting later that evening.
Appoint Trustee to Policy Review Committee: Trustee Westfall volunteered for and was appointed to this committee.
ISBA Resolution Discussion: Trustees discussed supporting two ISBA resolutions: salary-based apportionment for classified employees and full funding for kindergarten. July 31 is the deadline to add additional resolutions and submit them to the Idaho School Boards Association. A discussion ensued around encouraging restored funding for the career ladder.
Monthly Budget Status Report: Superintendent Kellerer noted that the district is in good shape as far as not overspending our budget. Following a question about Title 1 funds, an error was discovered on the spreadsheet: This will be corrected and shared with the trustees.
First Reading Concussion Policy and Procedure: Following discussion about annual concussion assessments and the frequency of concussions, this was approved for a first reading.
Second Reading Policy #7218, #7235, #7237, #7270, #7320, #7405, #7430, #7450 and #9100: These policies were approved for a second and final reading.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer reported that after examining health department expectations for social distancing, we are considering taking session 2 of our districtwide summer school program online through IDLA (session 1 already is online). We hope to continue to offer our completion summer school programs face to face as a practice for the fall, with a smaller number of students; we may have to adjust dates. Migrant summer school is still planning to operate face to face because it is difficult for these families to access online instruction. She then reported that the Ford Idaho Center has determined a need to implement extreme social distancing at graduations. We have shared this with parents. It is a difficult situation for them because it limits the number of tickets available. We will do our best to accommodate our families to the best of our ability. The governor will announce our ability to move to Stage 4 on Thursday. For fall, we are looking at options based on community spread, etc., and are working on a plan for various scenarios. Our hope is that we will be able to open and provide a safe environment.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Simpson thanked everybody and expressed hope that everyone is able to get a break from the stress. She said she respects the work being done for kids while following guidelines from the governor, health districts, etc. Trustee Westfall echoed that. She expressed hope that folks can get some down time and thanked them for all they are doing. Trustee Kipp reported that, as a parent as well as a trustee, senior celebrations were fun and were very meaningful for him and his son. Chairman Rost thanked district administration for everything they have done to go above and beyond, from the extra mile of senior celebrations to planning a graduation celebration. She appreciated the culture that says we are doing everything we can to preserve the status quo within our district.
Board Self-Assessment: Chairman Rost assessed the meeting as satisfactory.
Upcoming Meetings: June 30 Budget Hearing; July 30 regular meeting.
The board recessed into executive session at 9:04 p.m. to consider labor contract matters. After resuming open session at 9:25 p.m., the meeting was adjourned.