Below is a recap of the Sept. 11, 2018, Nampa School Board meeting. Supporting documents can be found at https://www.boarddocs.com/id/nsd131/Board.nsf/Public.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. In attendance were Chairman Allison Westfall and trustees Heather Lewis, Janelle Stauffer, Mandy Simpson and Kim Rost.
Student Spotlight – Mr. Jeffrey Stoppenhagen, Middle School Speech & Debate: Columbia High School freshmen Payson Christensen and Dante Campagna joined teacher Jeffrey Stoppenhagen in talking about their experience competing at the state and national levels in middle school speech and debate. Both boys were students last year at East Valley Middle School, one of only two middle school programs statewide. Both expressed gratitude for the program at the middle school level, saying it prepared them to be successful in speech and debate as high school freshmen.
Student Support Group: Owyhee Elementary PTA President Tonna Marek reported on the group’s efforts and successes at the school. The organization helped the school open a new food and clothing pantry and helped purchase an electronic readerboard that was installed during the last school year. The PTA also was able to donate $1,000 to each grade level. Annual fundraising events include a jog-a-thon, a read-a-thon and a sock hop.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Rost reported that the graduation requirement committee will meet for the first time on Sept. 14. A link to the committee can be found on the district web page under “District” and then “Board of Trustees.” Trustee Simpson noted that her district email was down for three weeks but is now working. Trustee Stauffer reported that vendors are still needed to sponsor booths and provide activities at the Sept. 29 Kindness Community Day at the Ford Idaho Center. Trustee Lewis has been meeting with staff and working on committee assignments. Chairman Westfall reported that she met with district auditors.
The consent agenda was approved after removal of the personnel report. After discussion and clarification, the personnel report also was approved.
- Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting – Aug. 14, 2018
- Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting – Aug. 21, 2018
- Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
- Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
- Canyon County Statement of Receipts - July 31, 2018
- Approval of Disposal of Surplus Athletic Equipment - Lone Star Middle School
- Approval of Disposal of Surplus Equipment - Information Services
- Approval of Agreement for Educational Services with Tomorrow's Hope Effective Aug. 22, 2018
- Approval of Professional Service Provider Agreement Center Pointe Effective Aug. 22, 2018
- Approval of Professional Service Provider Agreement Brent Bowman Audiologist Effective Aug. 22, 2018
- Approval of Professional Service Provider Agreement Chatterbox Speech & Language Center, LLC Effective Aug. 21, 2018
Approval of Legal Services Contract: The Hamilton, Michaelson and Hilty LLP law firm presented on the firm and its proposed contract to provide legal representation for the school district. Following the presentation the board discussed the merits of Hamilton, Michaelson and Hilty, and White, Peterson, which gave a similar presentation in July. The board then voted to grant the contract for legal representation to Hamilton, Michaelson and Hilty.
Consideration of Emergency Levy: Superintendent Paula Kellerer reported that while the number of enrolled students is down, average daily attendance during the first 10 days of classes compared to last year is up. This allows the district to enact an emergency levy to collect $685,184 in one-time funding to provide classroom support and supplies. The board voted to enact the emergency levy.
Consideration of Overall Levy Rate: Superintendent Kellerer reported that she met with district Finance Director Randy Dewey and financial advisor Eric Heringer of Piper Jaffray to analyze the district’s overall levy rate in light of several factors, including: growth in new taxable property, increased property values, and the district’s success in refinancing existing bonds.
She recommended lowering the property tax rate to support schools by 6.7 percent. Even with the emergency levy the plan reduces the 2018-2019 overall levy rate by more than 30 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value. The decrease exceeds the rate reduction originally promised to voters last year when the district estimated the overall tax rate would go down 11 cents per $1,000. The board voted to approve the rate reduction.
Board Retreat: Plans to hold a retreat in October were postponed due to problems with the date. Trustees will consider a new date.
Kindness Week: Superintendent Kellerer reported that the District Office is joining all of our schools to celebrate Kindness Week Sept. 24-29. Charter schools also have been invited to join in the initiative. School activities are being coordinated by student leaders. Events will culminate in the Kindness Community Day Sept. 29 at the Idaho Center. The District will sponsor a booth. Dr. Kellerer invited Board Members to participate in all activities.
Monthly Budget Status Report: There were no questions regarding the monthly budget report.
First Reading Revised Policy 1020 - Continuous Improvement Plan: This policy was approved for a first reading.
Second Reading Revised Policy 2420 - Title I Parent Involvement Guidelines: This policy was approved for a second and final reading.
Second Reading Revised Policy 3060 - Education of Homeless Children: This policy was approved for a second and final reading.
Repeal Duplicate Policies - 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 10008, 10009, 10012, 10013, 10025, 10027 and 10036: These policies were deemed to be duplicates and removed from the policy manual.
Superintendent Comments: Dr. Kellerer updated the board on the state’s accountability identification system, which recognized several of the district’s schools as top performers and goal makers. Owyhee and Willow Creek were noted for academic growth in math, Park Ridge was noted for academic growth in EL, and Union High School was noted for providing exceptional advanced opportunities options. In addition, 13 of the district’s elementary schools, South Middle School and Skyview High School were recognized for reaching goals in English proficiency and graduation rates. Union High School also was noted as needing to improve its graduation rate. Dr. Kellerer also reported that device rollouts are going well, despite some glitches in Office 365 programs.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Rost said she attended the Age of Agility Summit, which called for changes in education to match those seen in the workforce. She thanked the District for doing a great job teaching kids how to think. She also asked how we might quantitatively measure soft skills. Trustee Simpson said she is excited to be part of a district so willing to make changes and try new things. Trustee Stauffer said was pleased with how compassionate and innovative our teachers and staff are. Trustee Lewis was impressed with the commitment by educators and administrators in their focus on process and outcome. Chairman Westfall asked that attorney Bud Yost be honored for his many years of service to the district, dating from 1974. She also asked that a group be convened beyond the superintendent’s office to determine how to spend emergency levy funds.
Upcoming Meetings: A board work session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, and the next regular board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.