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April 2019




Below is a summary of the Caldwell School District Board of Trustees April 8, 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 —  Van Buren Elementary School Principal Melissa Langan introduced music teacher Dave Cole. Mr Cole introduced some of the school's students who give up their morning recess to sing in a choir or learn to play ukulele. The students performed “Swing Low” for the Board. 



Student Spotlight: Caldwell High School teacher Jeff Nelson introduced students who received superior ratings at a District III solo and ensemble competition.

Music students

Not all could attend the Board meeting. Below is the complete list:

  • Superior Ratings
    • Craig Webb - Tuba
    • Sedrick Call - Trumpet
    • Josue Arriaga - Trumpet
    • Michael Morales - Alto Saxophone
    • McKell Nelson - Horn in F
  • Percussion Ensemble:
    • Hailey Williams
    • Caleb Smith
    • Mica Mora
    • Alean Raden
    • Kizer Burchard
    • Jocelyn Escobed
    • Savanna Reed
    • Kiara Soto

Public Feedback

Caldwell Education Association President Kelly Garey asked the Board to consider changing two proposed work/professional development days to full work days on the proposed 2019-20 School Year Calendar. 

Superintendent Report


Superintendent N. Shalene French shared that:


  • Caldwell High School student Madison Smith, placed second in the State History Day competition
  • Caldwell High School and Bishop Kelly baseball teams will partner on an Autism Awareness Night during their April 18 game.




The Board approved its consent agenda.






Treasure Valley Community College - Introduction to Aviation – Kaitlin Brookshire of TVCC provided a brief overview of this new three-credit Advanced Opportunity class for Caldwell students age 16 or older. The class started on April 6. Students attend on Saturdays and learn about aviation history and careers. They will practice on a flight simulator, tour the airport, learn from a licensed pilot and get 40 minutes flying with a pilot. The Board approved the Introduction to Aviation Program.


Davis Demographics  – Chief Financial Officer April Burton updated that information for this study was gathered and ready to be provided to the contractor.  


2019-20 School Year Calendar – The Board approved a modified Option C  to make Oct. 11, 2019 and March 13, 2020 full work days and approved it for the 2019-2020 School Year.  Note: With the Board decision, final calendars will be produced and shared.


Third District Guardian Ad Litem – The Board was invited to a fundraiser for this program  April 26 at Indian Creek Steakhouse.


All Day Kindergarten – Julie Mead shared that the district will expand full time kindergarten with certified teachers to all elementary schools. The expansion is possible thanks to increased state funding for literacy.





The following policies are currently out for review with our committee and/or specific departments as needed.


  • 1300 Caldwell School District Policy - Replacing 204/511
  • 1315 District Planning - Replacing 100/101/102
  • 2550 Travel and Field Trips - Revisiting policy and forms
  • 2550F2 Parent Permission for Student Participation in Off Campus School Sponsored Events
  • 3015 and Exhibits – Home School – Replacing 502
  • 3050 Attendance - Revisiting Section 1.5
  • 3080 Nonresident Student Attendance - New
  • 3100 Programs for At-Risk/Disadvantaged Students – Replacing 676
  • 3225 Student Clubs: Equal Access - CHS is reviewing and will propose changes
  • 3285 Relationship Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response – Replacing 550/554
  • 3305 Prohibition of Tobacco Possession and Use – Replacing 512
  • 3310 Gang and Gang Activity – Replacing 549
  • 3320 Substance and Alcohol Abuse – Replacing 551
  • 3520 and Exhibits Contagious and Infectious Diseases - Replacing 401/560/562/563
  • 3550 Removal of Student During School Hours - Replacing 437
  • 5220 and Forms Assignments, Reassignments, Transfers - Replacing 441/459
  • 5220P Assignment and Transfer of Certificated Employees Procedure
  • 5260 Abuse and Neglected Child Reporting – Revision
  • 5330 and Exhibits Employee Electronic Mail and On-Line Services Usage - Replacing 426/490
  • 8100 Transportation - Replacing 710
  • 8110 Safety Busing - Replacing 710
  • 8120 Bus Routes, Stops, and Non-Transportation Zones - Replacing 710
  • 8130 Transportation of Students with Disabilities - New
  • 8160 Contracting for Transportation Services – New
  • 9910 Indoor Environmental Quality – New



The Board approved the following policies for a first reading. Policies are not final until a second and final reading.



The Board approved the following policies for second and final reading the following policies:







  • Work session April 22
  • Regular meeting May 13