BOARD REPORT FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Below is a summary of the Caldwell School District Board of Trustees Feb. 11, 2019 meeting intended to provide information about board decisions in a timely manner. It is not the official record. The minutes, which are the official record of the meeting, are finalized the following month after approval by the Board.
Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunities Outstanding Student Achievement Award — Lincoln Elementary School teachers Joe Grover and Mike Gallup shared a presentation about “Guys with Ties,” a school club that teaches fifth grade boys the importance of leadership, community, and academics. Several of the 23 fifth graders from the club addressed the school board. Mr. Grover shared that this program is possible thanks to donors, including one from Florida who provides the ties each year, and to community leaders who meet with the students in monthly luncheons.
National History Day Finalists – The Board recognized three Caldwell High School students from the school’s recent competition. The top place winner was Joclynn Howell for her presentation on “The Great Fire of 1666 and Rebuilding London.” Other students recognized were Natalia Nelson for her presentation on “Ching Shih” and Anabelle Garcia for her presentation on “Jonestown.” These students, along with others, will advance to regionals and then possibly to the state competition in March.
CHS All-State Music Students – The Board recognized 13 of the 15 orchestra, band, and choir students and their teacher Zach Groeblinghoff who participated in the All-State Music event held in Rexburg. The Caldwell students received quality instruction from professional musicians and university professors. Trustees appreciate the exemplary way they represented Caldwell High School and the community of Caldwell.
4-H Agricultural Science Recognition – The Board recognized CHS’s student Ana Gonzalez, who will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 4-H National Youth Summit.
Superintendent French shared that Caldwell High School student Amy Cowling played for members of the Idaho Legislature House of Representatives today. Amy was recognized by the Board and shared some details about the experience.
Dr. French reported that a committee will begin to work on the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school year calendars. She said the District is part of a Treasure Valley safety committee working to standardized approaches among the districts.
The Board approved its consent agenda with one change moving an item on field trips to later in the agenda.
Superintendent’s Evaluation – The Board accepted the annual evaluation of Dr. French.
Superintendent’s Contract – The Board voted to extended Dr. French’s contract for another year for a total of three years.
Mosaic Charter School Petition – The Board received the petition to consider establishing a new charter school. The next steps in the process include a hearing on the petition and decision later by the Board about whether to accept the petition or forward it to the Idaho Charter School Commission. The school plans to open in August 2020 with 300 students in grades K-4 and would expand to serve 540 students in grades K-8 in five years. The Board asked the administration to review the petition and report back to the Board.
Call of Certain 2008B Bonds – The Board authorized paying off some bonds early, which will save district taxpayers $329,000 in interest costs.
Incumbency Certificate – Related to the call of bonds, the Board authorized Dr. French and April Burton to answer questions from Bank of New York Mellon, the bond registrar.
Update on Plant Facilities Projects – The Board received an update on projects under way including plans to add a greenhouse at Caldwell High School.
Teacher Evaluation Update – First documented observation of teachers have been completed.
State Funding Formula Talking Points – Dr. French and trustees reviewed information about a proposed change to the state’s funding formula.
Property for sale -- Dr. French reviewed with trustees property that was offered to the district to consider. No decision was made.
CONSENT AGENDA DEFERRED
The following policies are currently out for review with our committee and/or specific departments as needed.
The Board approved the following policies for a first reading. Policies are not final until a second and final reading.
Work session Feb. 25