Caldwell School District Update
Monthly newsletter from Superintendent Shalene French
In this newsletter:
- Make sure to connect with teachers at conferences
- Caldwell students learn about leadership
- Districts moving to common emergency response commands
- Council brings parent voice to district leadership
- District’s continuous improvement plan updated
- School Board Elections Nov. 5
- Speaking of elections, we’re eyeing March 10 for levy renewal
- Veterans' Day Nov. 11 marked with special events, activities
- Can you help? We need substitutes
- Mission focus: Goal - Our students will develop critical thinking skills.
- What's happening in our schools? Click for our interactive online calendar of events!
- Read the School Board Report!
Make sure to connect with teachers at conferences
Please take time to participate in conferences to build relationships with your child’s teachers and discuss strengths and weaknesses. These opportunities are one of the ways we bring our goal “to respect the voices of students, families, and community in the educational process” to life. And just a reminder that on Friday, Oct. 25 there will be no school for students.
Caldwell students learn about leadership
Districts moving to common emergency response commands
School districts across the state are switching to four common emergency response commands. Earlier this month, school leaders and I reviewed these responses together and our next steps for adopting this common vocabulary. You can learn more about this effort in this KIVI 6 on Your side story.
Council brings parent voice to district leadership
Another district goal we hold dear is “We will respect the voices of students, families, and community in the educational process.” Every month, I meet with the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council. I appreciate their time and feedback.
The Council includes:
Kim Kammerman, Lewis & Clark
Michelle Everton, Lincoln
Catalina Bautista, Washington
Mike Gilbert, Van Buren
Crystal Miles, Wilson
Gabriela Gomez, Sacajawea
Shawna Smith, Caldwell High School
Elisa Darrington, Syringa
Janeth Calderon, Migrant
Livia Mendoza Felix, English Learners
Anna Salinas, Canyon Springs High School
District’s Continuous Improvement Plan updated
School Board Elections Nov. 5
The Idaho Legislature made a change to school board elections. For many years, school board elections were held in May. The Legislature shifted the elections to November of the odd numbered years. The first election under this change will be Tuesday, Nov. 5. Also on the ballot will be City Council races.
Our school district is divided into five zones represented by trustees elected from those zones. In November, three positions are up for election with two races contested:
Zone 2 - Manuel J. Godina
Zone 2 - Daniel Kener
Zone 3 - Travis Manning, Incumbent
Zone 4 - Charles Stout, Incumbent
Zone 4 - Andrew Butler
Only residents of the zones may vote. Here are links to maps of the three zones:
Canyon County also has a "What's on your ballot" online look up tool.
Early voting begins Oct. 21.
Information about the candidates will be published by the local newspaper.
Every election is important, so get out and vote Nov. 5.
Speaking of elections, we’re eyeing March 10 for levy renewal
Our school board will discuss the levy in detail at a meeting Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the district office. Earlier this year, we announced that for the first time in a decade, the property tax rate for Caldwell schools will drop. The district certified its levy with the county at $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable property value, down from $4.19 -- a 12.6% decrease. A taxpayer with $100,000 of taxable value would pay $53 less under the lower rate.
Veterans' Day Nov. 11 marked with special events, activities
Can you help? We need substitutes
The Board Report recaps what happened at the monthly school board meeting.