The Nampa Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of each month. Below is a recap of the March 13, 2018, meeting.
CALL TO ORDER - 7:30 p.m.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were Trustees Allison Westfall (chair), Kim Rost, Mandy Simpson, Janelle Stauffer and Mike Fuller. The audience joined the Board in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The agenda was amended to remove consideration of policy 3570 – Student Records.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Fuller suggested that trustees begin the meeting by reciting the district Purpose in addition to the Mission and Vision. Trustee Stauffer reported that she attended the Student Assistance Program meeting addressing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention, where discussion centered on how to make this a community issue. Trustee Rost reported attending two school events, one organized by Skyview and the other by Lake Ridge Elementary. She reported that they were pleased to have a board member in attendance. Chairman Westfall reported that she attended the Day on the Hill with the other trustees and Superintendent Kellerer. She also attended and enjoyed performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Skyview and “Schoolhouse Rock” at Columbia.
Public Comment: There was no public comment.
The consent agenda was approved as presented.
A. Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - February 13, 2018
B. Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
C. Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
D. Canyon County Statement of Receipts - January 31, 2018
E. March Enrollment Report
F. Nutrition Services Disposal of Surplus Materials
G. Information Technology Disposal Notification
H. Approval of Cabling Upgrade Bid
I. Approval of WAP Hardware and Installation Bid
J. Approval of Firewall Appliance Bid
K. Approval to Seek RFP for Custodial Services
Student Spotlight – Mastery Learning Greenhurst Elementary: Greenhurst Principal Gina White reported on the partnership with the Idaho Master Education Network. The goal is to create a growth mindset where teachers work with students at their own level to help every child learn. As kids master a standard, they can progress. A mastery-based program also is being piloted at Union High School and Columbia High School. It is aligned with essential standards and common formative assessments. Success will be measured through test scores, long-term graduation rates and levels of student engagement.
Graduation Requirement Revisions Committee: The proposed committee would review the district’s graduation requirements and make recommendations to the board. Final recommendations would be due by April 2019. Trustees Fuller and Rost will represent the board on the committee.
Approval of Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar: This revision to the previously approved calendar approved corrected Human Rights Day and adjusted Christmas break to address attendance patterns before and after. Two no-school days were moved from the beginning of the break to the first week of January.
Open Education Resources: Katie Bösch-Wilson, secondary math coordinator, explained open education resources, which complement textbooks with materials that reside in the public domain. These resources are free and include reuse rights.
Approval of Lease Resolution: Trustees approved the lease on the third year of NPL one-to-one devices (iPads and laptops). The third year will include devices for all secondary schools (with the exception of Union High School). Costs are covered by levy funds.
Budget Planning: Finance Director Randy Dewey reported that the district should get final budget numbers from the state in about a month. Projected ADA is expected to decrease from 681.74 units (classrooms) to 675. The state budget is expected to fund year 4 of the career ladder, an increase in operations funding and additional money for technology. Title 1 funding could decrease by up to 10 percent. The district will hold a budget hearing on June 12, and adoption of the 2018-19 budget is expected by June 26.
Monthly Budget Status Report: There were no questions on the monthly budget report.
Second Reading Policy #3530, #3540, #3550, #3560, #
3570, #3610 and #3620: Policy 3530-Suicide, was accepted for a second reading. The remaining policies were accepted for a second and final reading.
Second Reading Policy #8605 Retention of School Records: This policy was accepted for a second and final reading.
First Reading Policy #1120, #1200 and #1205: Policy 1205-School Board Powers and Duties (the version that cites duties from code), and Policy 1120-Taking Office, were accepted for a first reading. Policy 1200-Annual Organizational Meeting was accepted for a first reading with the revision to discuss Policy 1205 to ensure that board duties are current and to review the code of ethics.
First Reading Policy #8100, #8110, #8120, #8150, #8160, #8180 and #8190: Policy 8120-Bus Routes and Non Transportation Zones was held for later discussion. A minor section of code was added to Policy 8160-Contracting for Transportation and Services. Other polices were accepted for a first reading.
Nampa Education Association Comments: NEA President Terri Bentley reported that the organization collected more than 600 cards authorizing them to represent teachers in upcoming contract negotiations. The teachers’ negotiations committee will be headed by Jaime Hoesing. She reported she is pleased with the formation of a committee to look at graduation requirements.
Student Support Organization Comments: Regional PTA representative Stephen Rudy reported that Lake Ridge Elementary collected 70 pounds of school supplies and 110 pounds of clothing for students in the Dominican Republic. In January, the state PTA hosted a luncheon for Idaho Education Week, with lunch prepared for 100 by NSD culinary arts students. A resolution was sent to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School showing Idaho’s support. Finally, the state convention is coming and is open to all.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer reported that the district is looking at the effectiveness of youth mental health training. She revisited several recent district events: 1) students were thoughtful in their approach to the national March 14 walkout in support of the Florida shooting and demonstrated civic awareness in a responsible way; 2) the district’s bond rating increased (again) from A2 to A1 – the third increase since last year, and 3) South Middle School is holding a weeklong College and Career Week. She then reviewed the various types of emergency planning drills practiced by the district. While NSD does not hold “active shooter” training, these drills prepare students and staff for that and other situations. In addition, each building has an emergency operations plan, and any incidents are reviewed by a district Risk and Threat Assessment Team.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Fuller noted that the board could do better in following up on the 2015 curriculum audit and suggested a policy committee to assist trustees. He also reported that Columbia High School is opening a student assistance and support center, and that a local youth religious group is helping to provide supplies.
Board Assessment of Meeting: Trustee fuller rated the board’s performance as satisfactory.
Upcoming Meetings: A special meeting for training is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. March 16, and the next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 10.
Executive Session: The board recessed into executive session at 9:50 p.m. to discuss the superintendent evaluation.