Below is a recap of the Jan. 15, 2019, 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 Mandy Simpson and Kim Rost. Trustees Heather Lewis and Janelle Stauffer were absent.
Student Spotlight – FFA: FFA Advisor Pat Dixon introduced student teacher Kylee Fisher (from University of Idaho), and student leaders Carson Draper (Skyview), Kylie Baldwin (Skyview) and Daelas Zieber (Columbia). The students shared the mission and vision of the organization, which offer students premier leadership opportunities, career success tools and personal growth. They also talked about the benefits of attending regional and state FFA conferences and participating in community service projects. Finally, they mentioned several community outreach events, including the spring plant sale, community appreciation breakfast and annual auction.
Trustee Comments: Chairman Westfall noted that Trustee Stauffer was unable to attend as she was traveling outside of the country, and Trustee Lewis was ill. Trustee Simpson said she was taking a class with two teachers from Sherman Elementary and appreciated the opportunity to interact with them in a different setting.
Election or Affirmation of July 2018 Election of Chair: Trustees voted to affirm Allison Westfall as chair.
Election or Affirmation of July 2018 Election of Vice Chair: Trustees voted to affirm Janelle Stauffer as vice chair.
Appointment of Board Clerk: Tammy Wallen was appointed board clerk.
Appointment of Treasurer: Randy Dewey was appointed board treasurer.
Review and Sign Code of Ethics: Board members were asked to review and sign the code of ethics.
Set Meeting Calendar for 2019: Regular meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of the month. Additional meetings or work sessions will be held on either the third or fourth Tuesday of the month. The board packet includes a list of suggested topics for special sessions/workshops.
Establish Agenda and Notice Posting Locations: Agendas and notices will be posted at the District Office and on the district website.
Establish District Signatories: District signatories include Dr. Paula Kellerer, superintendent; Randy Dewey, director of finance; Dr. Gregg Russell, assistant superintendent; Scott Parker, executive director of secondary education; and Shelley Bonds, executive director of elementary education.
Appoint Board Member to Preston Capell Loan Committee: Due to two trustees being absent, the board will revisit this at a future meeting.
The following consent agenda items were approved by the board.
- Approval of Minutes: Regular Board Meeting - December 11, 2018
- Approval of Minutes: Special Board Meeting - December 18, 2018
- January Enrollment Report
- Student Discipline Report January 2019
- Approval of Monthly Personnel Report
- Approval of Accounts Payable & Student Activity Funds Reports
- Canyon County Statement of Receipts - November 30, 2018
- Approval of Out-of-State and Overnight Trip Requests
- Approval of Uninterruptible Power Supply Bid Award
- Approval of Elementary Science Curriculum Adoption Committee
- Approval of Information Services Disposal of Surplus Equipment
- Approval of Disposal of Surplus Equipment - CNC Mill
Elementary Science Curriculum Adoption Update: Instructional specialist Michelle VanBeek presented on the status of the elementary science curriculum development committee. The group will meet for the first time on Jan. 17 and will begin with a focus on fourth and fifth grade curriculum. They will be looking at how to utilize open educational resources (OERs) to meet standards.
Idaho School Boards Association Policy Update Agreement Revision: This revision allows for feedback on new or revised policies singly and not strictly in large batches.
Monthly Budget Status Report: Finance Director Randy Dewey responded to a question about how the federal shutdown might affect the district. He noted that if the shutdown continues more than a couple of months it could have an effect on school lunch appropriations. Federal dollars have already been appropriated for that program for now so it is not an immediate concern.
Second Reading Revised Policy #2550 Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
Second Reading Policy #3460 School-Related Foreign Travel by Students: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
Second Reading Policy #5800 Classified Employment and Assignment: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
Second Reading Policy #5830 District Vehicle Driver: This policy was approved for a second reading and adoption.
First Reading Policy #5100 Hiring Process & Criteria, #5105 Certificated Personnel Employment, #5110 Criminal History Background Check, #5120 Equal Employment Non-Discrimination and #5820 Evaluation of Non-Certificated Staff: Policy #5120 was tabled for further edits. The remaining policies were approved for a first reading.
Legal Report: Attorney Mark Hilty reported that an irregularity in the division of property owned by the district on Airport Road has been reviewed and is progressing.
Superintendent Comments: Superintendent Kellerer said that the Calendar Committee recently met for the first time and is seeking input. She reported that she was able to walk though Endeavor Elementary and observe kids learning in a warm, receptive atmosphere. She also had a good conversation with East Valley Middle School leadership students regarding graduation requirements; they also had suggestions regarding the school year calendar. She reported on her trip to attend the superintendent summit in Tucson, Arizona, last week, where she was able to learn from many of her peers. She reminded trustees to let her know if they were interested in attending interest-based bargaining training in advance of Master Contract negotiations in the spring. Finally, she updated the board on enrollment trends.
Trustee Comments: Trustee Rost asked that trustees see a report about where leadership team members are traveling and presenting. Trustee Simpson agreed that having access to the superintendent’s calendar would provide additional evidence for evaluations. Chairman Westfall noted that January is Trustee Appreciation Month and thanked trustees for their work on behalf of kids in the district.
Upcoming Meetings: A work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 to discuss the 10-year plan for facilities needs in the district ahead of considerations for an SPFR, and to discuss levy rates moving forward. The next regular meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. The ISBA legislative Day on the Hill is Feb. 18 and 19.
Adjournment: Trustee Heather Lewis called in and the board recessed into executive session at 7:34 p.m. Open session was resumed at 8:03 p.m. Trustees took action to remove an employee from administrative leave, and gave the district direction to complete due diligence on a possible warehouse purchase.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.