April 15, 2015 | Kimberly



April 15, 2015


EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mr. Higdem moved to enter executive session at 6:35 p.m. as provided for in section IC 67-2345(1) b to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent or public school student. Mr. Champlin asked for a roll call: Mr. Nield – yes, Mr. Higdem – yes, Mr. Fullmer – yes and Mr. Champlin – yes.  Mr. Higdem moved to exit executive session at 7:35 p.m. and Mr. Nield seconded the motion. The motion carried 4–0.

Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Champlin at 7:35 p.m. Present were trustees Mr. Nield, Mr. Higdem; Mr. Fullmer and Mr. Champlin. Mr. Hallett was absent. Mr. Schroeder, Superintendent; Mrs. Cooper, district clerk; Mrs. Wirtz, business manager;  Mrs. Brown, HS principal; Mr. Schvaneveldt, MS principal; Mrs. Garner, ES principal; Kirby Bright, athletic director; Roxanne Mumm, food service director and Ted Wasko, maintenance/transportation director were also in attendance.

AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved to approve the amended agenda as presented (personnel report, consent agenda and addition of items 10B8 and 10B9).  Mr. Fullmer seconded the motion. The motion carried 4–0.

FLAG SALUTE:  Everyone stood and participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Entertainment by the 7th grade ensemble “Infinity” (Ms. Taylor) enjoyed by all.


BPA National convention: 44 Kimberly BPA members competed at the district level with 31 qualifying for state and 8 participants (Janessa Tolman, Shelby Hamlen, Chayton Bollinger, Jentrie Stastny, Aubrie Nield, Cora Edgar, Sam Cahoon and Josh Cahoon) competing at National’s to be held May 6th – 10th in Anaheim, CA. Janessa Tolman who will run for a national office presented an enjoyable power point of BPA members in action! BPA members agreed that this is the “best experience ever”!!

BOYS AND GIRLS STATE: Westleigh Medlin will represent Kimberly at Boys State to be held at NNU June 7-13, 2015. Girl’s state will be at NNU June 14 – 19 with Alexis Powell, Janessa Tolman and Ashley Woods attending.  As noted in the consent agenda Dane Higdem moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to contribute $150 to the boy’s state participant and $100 each for the girl’s state participant. The motion carried 4-0.

MICROSOFT FIELD TRIP: Avery Gonzales and Jay Hawkes reported on the “Go On” field trip to Microsoft in Seattle. They toured the “awesome” facilities and were amazed at the employee friendly atmosphere and amenities. They noticed that Microsoft is very pro-active in innovation and cyber-crime actually hiring hackers to hack the hackers……

DEBATE: Mrs. Underwood and her debate students reported on their success this year including a 1st place 3A state sweepstakes championship. Tournaments are 2 day events and the travel and entry costs are mostly covered by fundraising efforts. Debaters wanted the board to know how much they appreciated their continued support. Students praised Mrs. Underwood as the “cream of the crop”.  Debate promotes critical thinking skills (common core anyone?) and offers college scholarship recognition. The board thanked Mrs. Underwood for her dedication to the speech and debate program.

HIGH SCHOOL: Mrs. Brown said that enrollment is currently at 457. The high school is and will continue to focus on character education (conscience, self-esteem, empathy, loving the good, self-control and humility). Her presentation included many fun pictures and interviews of the various programs available to students.

HEARING OF VISITORS: Many parents were in attendance for the student reports and performance.

CORRESPONDENCE: FFA sent a thank you card for the board’s support of the floral, food science, and technology teams who represented Kimberly at the National Convention in KY.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve the March, 2015 financial report including investment pool statements. The motion carried 4-0.




CONSENT AGENDA: Mr. Fullmer moved and Mr. Higdem seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda including the following items. The motion carried 4-0.

  • Approve district invoices.

  • Approve school invoices (missing KES).

  • Approve food service expenditures.

  • Approve March 18, 2015 meeting minutes.

  • Approved INL hovercraft grand from INL (Mr. Welch).

  • Approve Key Club trip to Lagoon in UT on May 23, 2015 (Mr. Price).

  • Previously approved request for board support of Boy’s and Girls’ State participants (Mrs. Klug)

  • Sale of surplus pallets.

  • Makala Bridges – U of I student Spanish teacher with Mr. Price.


    APPROVE ADDITIONAL INVOICES: Mr. Fullmer moved and Mr. Nield seconded the motion to approve the additional invoices.  The motion carried 4-0.

    FY16 PRELIMINARY BUDGET REVIEW: Mr. Schroeder reviewed the new career ladder allocation which will progressively save the district general fund money that has been used to supplement salaries. Additional education stipends are available to teachers with a B+24 or more credits or a master’s degree. Teacher salaries will increase significantly over the next 5 years. Blue Shield insurance premiums will increase 3% this year.   This was an information item.

    SET DATE FOR PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to set the FY16 public budget hearing for Wed., June 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The motion carried 4-0.

    APPROVE ALTERNATIVE GRADUATION ROUTES: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve alternative graduation routes which includes PLATO and portfolio for 1 student and 2 students with c-core waivers as recommended by Mrs. Brown. The motion carried 4-0.

    APPROVE FALL SPORT SCHEDULES: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve Cross-country, JV football, Varsity football, Volleyball and middle school schedules as submitted by Mr. Bright. The motion carried 4-0.

    IDLA FY16 MOU: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve the memo of understanding with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. The motion carried 4-0.

    SINGLE CANDIDATE CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION: Dave Fullmer moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to authorize the district clerk to distribute certificates of election to candidates in Zones 1, 4 and 5. Election is cancelled with one candidate in each zone. Zone 1 is Rob Champlin, Zone 4 is Curtis Giles and Zone 5 is Myron Nield. The motion carried 4-0.

    BPA NATIONAL COMPETITION: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to amend the agenda to add this item. The motion carried 4-0. Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve out of state travel to BPA Nationals in Anaheim CA and support each of the 8 participants with $150. The motion carried 4-0.

    ACCEPT TRUSTEE RESIGNATION: Dane Higdem moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to accept the resignation of Zone 3 trustee, Shane Hallett. The motion carried 4-0.



  • Legislative update includes career ladders, proposed budgets, etc.

  • Negotiation representatives from the board are Rob Champlin and Myron Nield.

  • Tate Erickson and Shelby Hamblen’s LA Thomas display case project is just about complete.



    Dane Higdem moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve the amended personnel report. The motion carried 4-0.


    Superintendent evaluation statement accepted

    Classified staff (transportation, maintenance and food service) as recommended by supervisors

    Camille Grover             KES Librarian

    Darla Wadsworth         Transportation Director

    Ted Wasko                   Maintenance Director (split position)



    Gordon Sorensen         Title One Para FY16 at KMS

    Beth Stanger               Year leave of absence – maternity (kindergarten)

    Kimberly Meuchel         5th grade teacher

    Judy Young                  7th grade math (retirement)

    Valerie Lavender          5th grade teacher

    Michelle Stray               para professional

    Susan Woodard                       2nd grade teacher


    LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORTS: - Available on website

    ADJOURNMENT: Myron Nield moved to adjourn at 9:35 p.m. and Dane Higdem seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.