November 19, 2014 | Kimberly



November 19, 2014

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mr. Higdem moved and Mr. Nield seconded the motion to enter executive session at 6:30 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 Fullmer – yes (via Skype from the Phillipines) Mr. Higdem – yes and Mr. Champlin – yes. Zone 3 is vacant at this time. Dane Higdem moved to exit executive session at 6:55 p.m. and Mr. Nield seconded the motion. The motion carried 4–0.

Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Champlin at 7:03 p.m. Present were trustees Mr. Nield, Mr. Fullmer, Mr. Higdem and Mr. Champlin. Mr. Schroeder, Superintendent; Mrs. Cooper, district clerk; Mrs. Wirtz, business manager; Mrs. Brown, HS principal; Mr. Schvaneveldt, MS principal; Mrs. Garner, ES principal; Ms. Haught, Special Ed director; Sara Crystal, curriculum director; Roxi Mumm, food service director and Ted Wasko, maintenance/transportation director were also in attendance.

AGENDA: Mr. Nield moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mr. Higdem seconded the motion. The motion carried 4–0.

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


BUILDING UPDATE: Mr. Schroeder presented the building project report. The budget has $10,670 uncommitted and Luke, Laurie and Jason will meet to confirm final budget numbers before these funds are encumbered. Finish items include the protective stage safety screen, signage, a cracked window replacement and fixes to the concrete heating mechanism.

HEARING OF VISITORS: Kimberly Scouts and scout leader/high school teacher Mr. Welch were in attendance to work on a scout government badge. Scouts had very insightful questions for the board and administrators including issues on bullying; where are we going to put all the new kids? if we need to build another building they prefer to see a community school concept. What are graduation rates in Kimberly? LA Thomas scoreboard has broken lights; is common core harder for teachers? How can more kids participate in sports – 120 try out and only 12 make the team? Do teachers get special preference if they want to coach? Lunch sizes are too small!

The board thanked Mr. Welch for his work with kids and the scouts for their participation.

CORRESPONDENCE: IHSAA thank you for hosting the District IV 4A Volleyball tournament; Celia Gould – Dept. of Agriculture congratulated FFA on strong showing at state competition; thank you card from Sherrie to the board; and letter from a patron not a Zone 3 resident indicating he could help out if no one is found to fill the vacant position.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve the October, 2014 financial report including investment pool statements and 3 month 1st Fed CD rollover. Mr. Schroeder indicated we are sitting well budget wise on the revenue side. The motion carried 4-0.


New stadium scoreboard was discussed and the board was in agreement to have Mr. Bright get some prices for a scoreboard with a seconds timer (for track meets) and a reader board.

Myron Nield moved and Dave Fullmer seconded the motion to approve the 2nd reading for new policy 2435 Advanced Opportunities which will give administrators and parents a reference point for all available opportunities. The motion carried 4-0.

Dave Fullmer moved to authorize Mr. Schroeder to request proposals for a Financial Advisor. Mr. Higdem seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.

An RFQ for a design build team was tabled until the Long Range Planning committee reports in Feb., 2015.


CONSENT AGENDA: Mr. Nieldmoved 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.
  • Approve food service expenditures.
  • Approve October 15 meeting minutes.
  • Sale of surplus pallets.
  • Approve Idaho SDE Food Service Equipment Grant awarded for a new dishwasher.


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

ZONE 3 TRUSTEE VACANCY: This item was tabled until next month. No one in Zone 3 has expressed an interest. End of term is 2017. After 90 days the board could appoint a patron outside the Zone 3 boundaries if necessary.

APPROVE FY15 ALTERNATIVE AUTHORIZATION FOR MICHELLE HAUGHT: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to declare that an area of need exists and approve the alternative authorization for Ms. Haught – teacher to new certification/endorsement for a special education director endorsement. Her plan is to be fully endorsed by Dec., 2016. The board appreciates Ms. Haught stepping forward to bring her expertise to this position. The motion carried 4-0.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: Mrs. Crystal, curriculum director presented a 3 year professional development plan to the board for their approval. Mr. Fullmer moved and Mr. Nield seconded the motion to approve the plan that has been developed with the end result in mind helping teachers help kids and implementing the common core. First year emphasis includes evaluate current curriculum, design assessments, and incorporate digital literacy. The motion carried 4-0.

OCTOBER BUDGET TRANSFER: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to approve an October budget transfer. An administrative salary was entered twice. This increases our unbudgeted amount to $163,000. The motion also includes moving the October budget revision to November in the future when more accurate data is available. The motion carries 4-0.

KIMBERLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL / BANK CHANGE: Myron Nield moved and Dave Fullmer seconded the motion to approve the transfer of the elementary school student body accounts from Wells Fargo to 1stFederal. The motion carried 4-0.

EMPLOYEE CHRISTMAS GIFT: Dave Fullmer moved and Myron Nield seconded the motion to gift all Kimberly School District Staff $50 KBOA certificates for Christmas. The certificates can be used at most Kimberly businesses. Cost is $8,400. KBOA offered a 20% discount. This is good for employees and the community. The motion carried 4-0.


  • ISBA Conference was attended by Rob, Luke, Myron and Dane. They noted many valuable workshops.
  • KSF and PTSO benefit dinner is Sat. Nov. 22 and Jean Shawver is doing a wonderful job as chair.
  • LA Thomas Open House for community. Planning free basketball game and Good Neighbor Day event.
  • Career Ladders (Idaho Legislature) / Tiered licensure (State Board of Education) are works in progress.
  • Substitute pay was significantly raised in Twin Falls. Will evaluate sub pay for the FY16 budget.
  • IDAPA Rule – changes pending for the teacher and administrator evaluation form in spring.
  • Long Range Planning committee will report to the board in February.
  • Beware of pink flamingos… Mrs. Hall is displaying in yards to promote Go On Awareness!


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


Molly Hamblen              KHS Secretary

Gordon Sorensen         full-time MS Para

Roy Carpenter             bus driver

Jesse Harrell                bus driver


Bill Osterman               bus driver

LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORTS: - Available on website

ADJOURNMENT: Myron Nield moved and Dane Higdem seconded the motion to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.