March 2020

SUPERINTENDENT'S VOICE

March 2020

 

Paula Kellerer portrait

Recently, my daughter and her husband returned from Germany where he served with the U.S. Army. They have been looking for jobs and an apartment or house to rent. Thanks to the generosity of a family member, they secured a rental home that is over 20 years old. 

 

Because they are benefitting from the generosity of a family member, they are responsible for some minor repairs and getting the home ready for their occupancy. Over the years, many families have lived life in this house. For the most part, they have cared for the home and the owners have kept up with routine maintenance. Recently, the kitchen appliances were replaced, and the thermostat has been upgraded to more efficiently monitor the HVAC system. Part of the roof was replaced when shingles were lost in a windstorm. 

 

However, in the last 20-ish years, paint has faded, flooring has worn, and sinks and toilets have been well used. The owners have been good stewards and have been mindful of regular maintenance. Now, however, there are elements of the house that just need to be replaced in order for it to maintain its value and be efficient for the next 20 years. 

 

So, with the financial support of the owners, my daughter and her husband have replaced flooring, switched out blinds, installed new vanities in the bathrooms and given their new home a fresh coat of paint. It will be a comfortable home for them and a good return on investment for the owners. 

 

Nampa School District has 24 student-occupied “houses” or buildings. Some are as old as 90 years, others as young as 10 years. We do have a group of buildings right at the 20-year mark. We have worked to maintain regular maintenance schedules. Apart from a couple of years during the financial crisis in 2012, we have consistently worked to maintain our buildings. 

 

Life has been lived in these buildings – thousands of students have made each building their home for a while. For the most part, they have valued that home, but there is wear and there are things that naturally have a limited life expectancy. It is time for some of those items to be replaced so that our buildings can serve children well for the next 20 years and beyond. Replacing and repairing now is a great return on investment for our community. 

 

Our maintenance staff is exceptional, and they are masterful at stretching each dollar so that we get a great return on our facilities allocations. We receive about $800,000 annually from state lottery funds and we are required to partially match that from our discretionary funds, bringing our overall maintenance/repair budget to $1.2 million a year. If we were able to divide that evenly across our 24 student-occupied buildings, that would be about $50,000 per building per year. One HVAC system for an elementary site, however, costs around $440,000. That’s over a third of our annual maintenance budget for one year allocated to a single building. 

 

The replacement levy that voters have an opportunity to consider on March 10 has allocated about 1/4 of the overall funds to assist us in timely maintenance and replacement – preparing our buildings for the next 20 years. In some cases, we have deferred maintenance that we need to prioritize. This work strengthens the value of our buildings for our community and welcomes the next group of students to a well-maintained environment that is conducive to learning. 

 

We have lots of information on our website – be informed. Check out what is scheduled for your child’s building over the next few years. Learn how to vote by absentee ballot or to vote early. Learn how the district is saving taxpayers $4 million next year if the levy passes. Ask your building administrator or teacher how the replacement levy impacts their building or classroom. 

 

Thanks for working to be informed and showing up at the polls on March 10 to vote your choice.

 

Next week we’ll share how this replacement levy impacts taxpayers and what other investments in students are scheduled with the levy money. 

 

– Dr. Paula Kellerer

 

IN THE NEWS

 

Nampa High economics teacher Adam Schasel penned this op-ed titled “Sick of Supplemental Levies? Then Invest in Idaho.” https://bit.ly/380MbIQ

 

Snake River third-graders shared some Valentine’s love with seniors at the Nampa Senior Center. They made valentines, read books, had conversations and shared lunch. https://bit.ly/32ob3sP

 

Nampa High teacher Chris Anderson received a $2,000 grant from the Society of Science and the Public to take his NHS students to a Naval Medical Center prosthetics lab in San Diego. The students have been working on a device of their own invention to prolong the battery life of an electric knee. https://bit.ly/38VViLV

 

NSD educators (and a couple of adorable therapy dogs) were featured in this story in District Administration focused on trauma-informed teaching. https://bit.ly/2Tf5UPm

 

MARCH CALENDAR

This list represents a sampling of district events. Events are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, visit our individual school websites.

 

March 2: National Read Across America Day

March 2: Dr. Seuss STEAM Night, 5-6:30 p.m. at Iowa Elementary

March 3, 10, 17, 31: Toddler and Preschool Story Time, 1-2 p.m. at Central FCRC

March 4: IMEA DIII Solo/Ensemble Festival at the Morrison Center

March 4: Idaho History Day Presentations, 1-2 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary

March 4: Mr. NHS, 6-8 p.m. at the Nampa High Little Theater

March 5: Books and Cookies, 5-8 p.m. at Owyhee

March 5-7: “Footloose,” 7 p.m. at Columbia High

March 5: Symphony Band and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. at East Valley

March 6: International Women’s Day

March 6: Literacy Day, 3-4:30 p.m. at New Horizons

March 6: Dr. Seuss Night/Book Sale, 5:30-7 p.m. at Roosevelt

March 6: Sadie Hawkins Dance, 8 p.m. at Nampa High

March 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 10: Election Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

March 10: Math and Bingo for Books Night, 6-7:30 p.m. at Greenhurst

March 10: School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office

March 10: NNU Jazz Band Festival, 7 p.m. at NNU

March 11: Pre-Festival NHS Band Concert, 7 p.m. at Columbia High

March 12-14: State BPA Leadership Conference at Boise State

March 12: Pre-Festival Choir Concert, 7 p.m. at the Nampa High Little Theater

March 12: STEAM Night at Centennial Elementary

March 12-14: “Footloose,” 7 p.m. at Columbia High

March 13: IMEA DIII Large Group Band Festival at Centennial High

March 13-14: State Debate Tournament at Boise High

March 13: Auction, 5:50-8:30 p.m. at Lake Ridge

March 16: Spring Jazz Band and Choir Concert, 7 p.m. at the Nampa High Little Theater

March 17: Empty Bowls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Nampa High

March 19: Writing Night, 5-7 p.m. at Roosevelt

March 19: Spring NHS Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. at Columbia High

March 20: No School – Teacher Work Day

March 20: State Cheer Competition at Ford Idaho Center

March 21: State Dance Championships at Ford Idaho Center

March 21: Diamond Belts Boxing Tournament, 3-8 p.m. at Nampa High

March 23-27: Spring Break

March 27-28: USA National Dance Competition in Texas