The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of each month. Below is a recap of the April 10, 2018, meeting.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Trustees Janelle Stauffer (acting chair), Mike Fuller, Mandy Simpson, Kim Rost and Allison Westfall (via phone).
Student Spotlight – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), West Middle School: West Principal Stefanie Duby explained the program, which helps students be better organized to handle the challenges of school. The program focuses on WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organizing and reading), and involves professional development for staff to help them learn a consistent language of instruction. There currently are 42 students in the program (7th graders), and 42 new incoming 7th graders have just been accepted. The goal is to have graduates transition to high school AVID programs and better their chances of academic success and graduation. Students Cora Valenzuela and Vivian Young shared their positive experiences with the board.
Student Support Group Comments: Centennial Elementary PTA president and mother of two sons, Hollie Linder, shared why she is Centennial Proud. She commented on how staff leverage a limited number of resources to achieve great things. Particular points of pride include the integration of art into subjects ranging from physical education to math; the depth of care given to students, making it feel like a family; and the physical improvements to the appearance of the school, including a new paint job and planned repairs to sidewalks and the parking lot.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Rost reported that she was impressed with the evening’s presenters and examples of parent involvement. Trustee Westfall reported that she was happy to hear from Hollie and invited trustees to visit the school to see what they are doing with the art program. Trustee Fuller reported attending the Student Assistance Task Force, working on suicide prevention policy; the initial negotiations meeting, mental health first aid training, and the first meeting of the graduation requirements committee. He also visited Centennial Elementary and was impressed with the art program. He also visited with principals and South and West middle schools and visited the AVID room at West. Trustee Stauffer also attended the Student Assistance Task Force and is working with the community crisis response network. She also connected with Richard Bowen from Southwest District Health to discuss how to gain momentum in the community.
The consent agenda was approved as presented.
A. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - March 13, 2018
B. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting - March 13, 2018
C. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting - March 16, 2018
D. Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting - March 23, 2018
E. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
F. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
G. Canyon County Statement of Receipts - February 28, 2018
H. April Enrollment Report
I. Disposal of Nampa High Track Equipment
J. Information Services Disposal of Surplus Equipment - April 2018
K. Maintenance Department Disposal Notification
L. Approval of Leadership Stipend Award Amounts
Student Achievement Update - Winter Idaho Reading Indicator: Elementary Coordinator Tammy Stefan reported on the results of the Winter IRI, a test designed to identify who might be at risk of reading difficulties in grades K-3. She noted that the areas of competency tested in fall differ from those tested in winter, making it difficult to compare scores. That said, the numbers look encouraging. Scores are being used to determine what assistance can be offered to teachers, including observation and feedback on successful programs being used elsewhere. Trustees will receive a report showing data by school.
Grievance Response Authorization: In response to a grievance brought to the Board on March 13, 2018, district administrators were directed to revise Policy 4120, Community Relations, to ensure it addresses the mission of the district; make sure other district materials align with Board policy; and ensure that grievances may be submitted without reprisal.
Approval of 6-12 Science Curriculum Adoption: Secondary Curriculum Coordinator Katie Bosch-Wilson shared the process used for the secondary science curriculum adoption recommendation. The existing curriculum is not aligned with current standards, is not equitable, has limited diversity of tasks and lacks a strong digital component. Recommendations are for Amplify Science for middle school and HMH for high school.
Approval of Graduation Requirement Committee Charter: Trustee Rost and Executive Director of Secondary Education Scott Parker will co-chair this committee, which will report out monthly on progress. Committee members will be approved at the May meeting.
Approval of Idaho Arts Charter School Performance Certificate: The Board approved a new performance certificate for Idaho Arts Charter School following expiration of the previous certificate. The school has been operating without a valid certificate. This document outlines expectations for performance standards, which will be evaluated annually at the end of the school year.
Approval of Pathways in Education Charter School Performance Certificate: The Board approved a new performance certificate for Pathways in Education Charter School. This document outlines expectations for performance standards, which will be evaluated this summer. The certificate could be renegotiated in June if the board feels performance areas are not properly documented.
Request Waiver from State Department of Education 60-Hour Seat Time: The Board approved requesting a waiver for the number of seat-time hours required per credit in high school. Currently, enrichment sessions at the schools encroach on specific credit hours but not on overall instructional hours. The issue will be resolved before the coming school year.
Board Budget 2018-2019: Trustees discussed the board budget for the upcoming year, based on previous years’ spending. Legal expenses are all included in the board budget, per Idaho code. Financial Director Randy Dewey asked the Board to present a proposed budget at the May board meeting.
Monthly Budget Status Report: There were no questions regarding the monthly budget status report.
Second Reading Policy #3570 Student Records: This policy was accepted for a second and final reading.
Second Reading Policy #3530 Suicide Prevention: This policy was accepted for a second and final reading with the addition of “the district will incorporate resources identified by the State Department of Education in Idaho Code 33-136 as approved training materials,” and the addition of language suggested by Trustee Stauffer.
Second Reading Policy #8100, #8110, #8120, #8150, #8160, #8180 & #8190: Policies 8100, 8110, 8150, 8160 and 8190 were approved for a second reading and final adoption. Policy 1880 was accepted for a second reading and final adoption, with the addition of the word “insured.”
Second Reading Policy #1120 Taking Office: The policy was accepted for a second and final reading, with the change of “July” to “January.”
Second Reading Policy #1200 Annual Organizational Meeting: This policy was revised to align with the new code seating new trustees in January instead of July. The policy was approved for a second reading.
Second Reading Policy #1205 - School Board Powers and Duties: This policy was accepted for a second reading.
First Reading Policy #8115, #8130, #8140, #8170, #8185 & #8195: This policy was accepted for a first reading, with the removal of the disclaimer from Policy 8170.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer noted the positive suicide prevention messaging in the Idaho Press Tribune article and her comments to Rotary on April 10. She also will touch on the subject during her comments at the State of the City address, scheduled at Columbia High School on April 17.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Rost said she is excited about next month’s high school graduations. Trustee Westfall thanked trustees for their cooperation with her calling in.
Board Assessment of Meeting: Trustee Simpson rated the meeting as satisfactory, and asked if the Board might consider revamping the assessment.
Upcoming Meetings: The next regular board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. May 8. A special board meeting is scheduled from 5:30-9:30 p.m. May 30.
Executive Session: The board recessed into executive session at 9:57 p.m. to discuss personnel issues and approve this year’s negotiations team members.