Below is a recap of the Dec. 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 and Janelle Stauffer. Trustees Mandy Simpson and Kim Rost were absent.
Student Spotlight: Endeavor Elementary School Student Council members Gavin Pate, Maddie Brant, Averi Barrett, Warrick Thomas, Tatiana Gonzalez and Wyatt Rose presented their thoughts on student leadership. This is the first year for a student council at Endeavor. The students reported on the process of running for a seat and talked about fundraising goals and plans for an anti-bullying campaign. They also showed a video.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Heather Lewis reported that the Youth Behavioral Impact Team (YBIT) met recently to work on empathy mapping. Their next meeting is in January where they will include subject matter experts. Trustee Janelle Stauffer said she also attended the YBIT meeting and thought it was wonderful. She also reported that the Crisis Prevention Task Force met with providers and will hold its first conference on Jan. 25. Chairman Allison Westfall commented that she appreciated the experience of attending the Idaho School Boards Association convention in November and thanked Communications Director Kathleen Tuck for co-presenting a workshop with her. She reported on a tour of Willow Creek Elementary to see how the school is using NPL, noting that it was one of the first schools to adopt it. She thanked Superintendent Paula Kellerer and Assistant Superintendent Gregg Russell for their support at a lunch with lawmakers to discuss the state funding formula. Finally, she encouraged folks to check out senior projects at the high schools.
The following consent agenda items were approved by the board.
- Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting November 13, 2018
- December Enrollment Report
- Out of State and Overnight Trip Requests
- Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
- Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
- Canyon County Statement of Receipts October 31, 2018
- Memorandum of Understanding Southwest District Health Department
- Memorandum of Understanding WICAP and Union High School
- Nutrition Services Spring Fruit and Produce Bid Award
- Approval of Information Services Disposal of Surplus Materials Request
PSAT and Preliminary Graduation Rate Report: Assessment Administrator Anita Christenson Koons presented a three-year comparison of district PSAT results. The district saw an increase in the number of students who took the test, and a slight decrease in the number of students meeting both reading/writing and math benchmarks. In addition, Christenson Koons reported on the district’s preliminary graduation rate of 80.9 percent! She also noted that our LEP graduation rate of 80.5 percent is higher than the state’s.
Community Partner Presentation St. Luke’s: Maria Zavala and Cindy Esparza, guest services specialists for St. Luke’s Nampa, reported that the hospital partnered with Nampa Rotary to raise $1,000 for Nampa students. Funds came from a Rotary pancake breakfast, a pumpkin carving contest and a raffle. They noted that the effort was a unique way to reach out to the community and personifies the hospital’s Better Together culture.
Advanced Opportunities Report: Executive Director of Secondary Education Scott Parker shared the Advanced Opportunities report prepared for the state each year. Highlights include access for all high school students to college and career counseling; $4,125 for dual credit or AP courses for each student (7th-12th grade); a variety of dual credit and AP opportunities; and access to CTE pathways. Nampa students earned 10,281 college credits in 2018, along with 140 technical certificates and 2 associate’s degrees. Our 839 graduates this year earned 404 scholarships.
Fall IRI Report: Executive Director of Elementary Education Shelley Bonds reported on the scores for the brand new IStation reading assessment. K-3 students were assessed in September and again in November. The first test showed a 43.5 percent proficiency, and the second test showed 50.2 percent efficiency. First grade alone jumped from 32 percent to 46 percent. Bonds said the results show exciting growth.
Nampa Personalized Learning Phase 3 and 4 Update: NPL Administrator Chad Longley gave on update on the current and upcoming NPL phases. Phase 3 included Skyview, Gateways, Lone Star and West. Five thousand devices were deployed in the first month of school, and professional development was offered for teachers and instructional coaches beginning in spring 2018. The final phase, Phase 4, includes Centennial, Iowa, Greenhurst, Park Ridge, Roosevelt, Sherman, Snake River and Union. Teachers at these schools will receive a device in early spring and vanguard teachers will visit Phase 1 and 2 schools to see how the devices are being used to further instruction. Trustees questioned whether students have ample time away from screens. Longley noted that teachers receive ongoing professional development regarding appropriately incorporating the devices into the curriculum.
Idaho Arts Charter School Expansion Petition: This item was tabled until the regular January meeting.
Appoint Public Records Custodian: Board Clerk Tammy Wallen was named the district’s public records custodian. Communications Director Kathleen Tuck was named alternate public records custodian.
Approval of Lease Resolution: The board approved the lease agreement for Phase 4 NPL devices, which were previously reviewed by Hawley Troxell law firm.
Monthly Budget Status Report: There were no questions on this month’s budget report.
Second Reading Policy #3430 Distribution of Fund Drive Literature through Students: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
Second Reading Policy #3440 Student Fees, Fines, and Charges/Return of Property: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
Second Reading Revised Policy #3570 Student Records and Release of Student Directory Information: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
First Reading Revised Policy #2550 Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education: This policy was approved for a first reading.
First Reading Policy #3460 SchoolRelated Foreign Travel by Students: This policy was approved for a first reading.
First Reading Policy #5800 Classified Employment and Assignment and #5830 District Vehicle Driver: These policies were approved for a first reading.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer reported that local legislators have been invited to the special board meeting on Dec. 18 to discuss legislative priorities and thoughts around the new funding formula. She also noted that she has met four times with the district’s IBE partners as part of the Schoolhouse Initiative. The group is considering several initiatives and will select a single initiative to support soon. Contenders include CTE grants, continued growth in mathematics achievement, increased AVID support, expansion of early childhood education programs (preschool or full-day kindergarten), retaining and attracting special education staff, and expansion of the Family Community Resource Centers.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Lewis reported that she attended the Happy Day brands donation at Snake River Elementary and enjoyed her first look at a Family Community Resource Center. Chairman Westfall noted that she also attended that event and enjoyed it.
Upcoming Meetings: The board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The next regular meeting will be on the third Tuesday in January instead of the second Tuesday due to the holidays: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15.
Adjournment: Trustee Mandy Simpson called in and the board recessed into executive session at 7:40 p.m. and resumed open session at 7:52 p.m. to approve a student discipline issue. The meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.