January 20, 2016 | Kimberly


January 20, 2016

Executive Session 6:30 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mr. Nield moved to enter executive session at 6:30 p.m. as provided for in section IC 74-206(1) b to consider personnel matters and acquisition of an interest in real property. Mr. Champlin asked for a roll call: Mr. Champlin – yes, Dr. Melvin – yes, Mr. Nield – yes, Mr. Giles – yes. Mr. Higdem  (arrived at 6:50 pm) – yes.  Mr. Nield moved to exit executive session at 7:00 p.m. and Mr. Higdem seconded the motion. The motion carried 5–0.

Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Champlin at 7:00 p.m. Present were trustees Mr. Nield, Mr. Champlin, Dr. Melvin, Mr. Higdem and Mr. Giles along with Mr. Schroeder, Superintendent; Mrs. Wirtz, Business Manager and Mrs. Cooper, District  Clerk. Mr. Schvaneveldt, MS principal; Mrs. Garner, ES principal; Michelle Haught, SPED Director; Sara Crystal, Curriculum Director; Ted Wakso, maintenance director and Darla Wadsworth, transportation director were in attendance.

AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved to approve the agenda. Dr. Melvin seconded the motion. The motion carried 5–0.

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


BOARD SCENARIOS – Topics this month are:

  • Dissenting Votes - Mr. Schroeder brought up the importance of trustees feeling safe to communicate and also safe to dissent when a vote is taken.
  • Website Bio’s – We need to update the website with more current information for the ‘about the board’ page. Trustees will send Cathy a short biography and picture to post.

HEARING OF VISITORS: Tonight’s audience included CTA – Cory Johnson and Scott; STARR – Jason Derricot; Eric Herringer of Piper Jaffray (our Design Build Team); members of the master building plan; Emily Rasmussen, Boosters President; the Drapers and Julie Wooten of the Times News.

CORRESPONDENCE: More thank you cards from the staff and Kimberly FFA Chapter J

FINANCIAL REPORT: Myron Nield moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve the December, 2015 financial report including investment pool statements.  Support units are down a half unit which will be reflected in the March Budget revise along with personnel changes. The motion carried 5-0.


  1. Approve Athletic Trainer Contract with St. Luke’s Magic Valley – Dane Higdem moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve the revised 18 month ATC contract for 15 hours per week at $15,000 per year. Schedule will be coordinated with athletic director Kirby Bright. Dr. Melvin recused himself from the vote. The motion carried 4-0.
  2. 2nd Reading to promulgate procedure 5140P Classified Employee Grievance – Curtis Giles moved and Ryan Melvin moved to approve the 2nd reading which separates classified procedure from certified procedure per Idaho Code. The motion carried 5-0.
  3. (Items 3 & 4) 2nd Reading to retire current Policy 5142 Employee Grievance Procedure (for all employees) – Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to retire current Policy 5142 and adopt new Policy 5142 Certified Employee Grievance Policy  aligning with the Master Agreement and Idaho Code. The motion carried 5-0.
  4. 2nd Reading to adopt Policy 5235 Employee Responsibilities Regarding Student Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying. Dane Higdem moved and Ryan Melvin seconded the motion to adopt Policy 5235 to assure compliance with last year’s bill passed on bullying. The motion carried 5-0.


CONSENT AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved and Dr. Melvin seconded the motion to approve the consent agenda with the following items. The motion carried 5-0.

  • Approve district invoices for January, 2016.
  • Approve school invoices.
  • Approve food service expenditures.
  • Approve December 16, 2016 meeting minutes.
  • Approve WGU Student Teacher Placement of Amanda Lisonbee with Tori Larsen (SPED) and Mrs. Depew (3rd grade).
  • Accept $60,000 grant for playground equipment from the Janice Seagraves Family Foundation.
  • Sale of surplus items – pallets


APPROVE ADDITIONAL INVOICES: Mr. Nield moved and Mr. Higdem seconded the motion to approve the additional invoices. The motion carried 5-0.

TWENTY YEAR MASTER BUILDING PLAN: The Master Building Plan Committee met the last three months to discuss the building needs of our rapidly growing district in line with our Long Range Plan. Student growth fluctuates but has averaged 2% per year since 1991. Most of the growth in the district is to the north. Three Community Meetings were also held. Tonight the committee presented their findings to the board with the help of our design build team consisting of CTA Architects, STARR Corp., and Piper Jaffray. Identified needs included:

  • Phase 1 (current needs) – purchase land for a neighborhood elementary school and land for future middle and high school growth. Dr. Dave Makings did extensive research on optimal students per schools. Studies indicate 500 for elementary school, 700 for a middle school, and 1,000 for a high school. The fewer building transitions for students the better. At the K-5 level it is best to have as many grade levels together as possible. Phase 1 would also include updating and upgrading our current campus elementary school.
  • Phase 2 (10-12 years from now) – additions to KMS and KHS; adding a performing arts building; round building might become an exploratory academy and /or alternative school.
  • Phase 3 (20 + years) – another neighborhood elementary school; current HS+MS = HS only; add a new MS campus.

BOND LEVY RESOLUTION: Dane Higdem moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to table the bond levy resolution item and SUPPLEMENTAL / PLANT FACILITY LEVY RESOLUTION item until February’s board meeting. The board gave direction to Mr. Schroder to pursue drafting a bond levy and a $300,000 plant facility levy resolution before the February meeting. Resolutions and ballot wording must be submitted to the County Clerk no later than March 18th for a May 17th election. The motion carried 5-0.

1st READING POLICY 3224 STUDENT DRESS: Dane Higdem moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve revisions to Policy 3224 Student Dress as recommended by the committee chaired by Matt Schvaneveldt, Kimberly Middle School principal. Revisions are approved as a 1st and final reading. Minor changes include allowing a small stud type nose piercing, religious exception handled by administration, and students are allowed to dress in a manner consistent with their gender identity as long as it is not in violation of the dress code. The motion carried 5-0.

BOOSTER IMPROVEMENTS TO BASEBALL/SOFBALL FIELDS: Mr. Giles moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to approve improvements to the ball fields paid for by the Booster Club. Emily Rasmussen emphasized this project will not take any school resources. Improvements will be made to dugouts, storage units, concession stand, etc. Mr. Wasko indicated that the district has received a certificate of liability insurance from the contractor they will be using. The motion carried 5-0.

ADDENDUM TO POLICY 5222P PROCEDURE FOR FY16 TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to accept the Addendum to Policy 5222P for teacher evaluations for FY16 only. The state department of education made changes that need to take effect mid-year. Student achievement will be 33% of the evaluation score. The motion carried 5-0.


  • HS Principal Search – would like 1 board member on the committee (Dane volunteered)
  • HS administrative transition – Kudos to Kirby, Darren and Debbie J
  • Day on the Hill Feb. 15 – 16 in Boise. Luke will go.
  • Jan. 18 in-service day was a motivational success! Teacher report card workday Mon. Jan. 25.
  • FY17 School Calendar committee (Curtis will be on this committee).
  • Good stories to tell…… Kudo’s to Darla and the transportation team for getting students safely to and from eastern Idaho for Debate, wrestling, and basketball despite bad weather and a broken bus.


Myron Nield moved and Curtis Giles seconded the motion to approve the personnel report as submitted. The motion carried 5-0.

  1. HIRE:

Kimberly Plante                  .6 FTE Social Studies Teacher (for Mr. Bright)

Kirby Bright                        Reassign Mr. Bright  to KHS / Summer School Administrator


Darren Warth                     Dean of Students (.5 FTE)


Darren Warth                     full-time teacher

ADJOURNMENT: Dane Higdem moved to adjourn at 10:10 pm, Dr. Melvin seconded and the motion carried 5-0.