Even as schools are closed for the holiday break, following is information that Payette parents may find useful once school goes back into session.

Payette Schools Superintendent Robin Gilbert gives her monthly board report at the Board of Trustees meetings. This is what she reported at the Dec. 9 meeting for the month of December:

The Boise State Community Impact Program

Gilbert reported that three core community advisory teams have been selected, for McCall, Payette and Mountain Home. Payette’s team is made up of Mayor Jeff Williams, a local librarian, Treasure Valley Community College and Gilbert.

“I am super excited about the opportunity and the selection of Payette by BSU,” said Gilbert via email. “We will be working with business and city officials to draft the vision of the impact for Payette.”

Gilbert said the district will take a small group to Boise State on Jan. 16, where the group will share with the university what impact the program will have on Payette.

“In [mid-February], BSU will come to Payette to continue the conversation and move things forward with a proposed launch this spring and proper courses to start in the fall,” said Gilbert.

Grant monies for welding program

Gilbert reviewed the PQI Grant Payette High received for its CTE Welding program, which totaled $84,945. The funds will be used to purchase new welders, computers, a plasma cutting table, a pipe tube cutter, new fundamentals of welding curriculum and so on.

Under the requirements of the grant, the district is providing in-kind funding to pay for electrical upgrades for the program and other related costs.

Working with United Way

According to Gilbert, the district will participate in ‘Power Up’ training with United way on Jan. 14. Topics to be discussed will include building strong partnerships, engaging the community and addressing chronic absence.

WICAP project launch

The district is partnering with the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership to help address unmet needs in children’s health, providing screening and assessment, behavioral support, mental health consultation, family strengthening and parenting skills. According to Gilbert’s report, the project is based on Resiliency models and the Adverse Childhood Experiences study conducted Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 1995 and 1997.

Giving kindergarteners their best start

According to Gilbert, the district is one of many across the state of Idaho working with Waterford, an organization which supplies early learning software to schools, on a new initiative being piloted in Idaho called ‘Upstart.’

“One of our School Board Trustees was able to get their own children involved with the free option and asked me to look into it for Payette,” said Gilbert. “In November I attended a Waterford ‘training’ at the Capital Building in Boise. It was more informational than actual training. The small group consisted of interested superintendents and a couple Idaho Curriculum Directors who maintain and offer the programs in their respective districts.”

Gilbert said the district plans to test the program with a group of kindergarten students during the day at school.

“I would like to find some grant funding that would allow us to offer the program to our four-year-old to prepare them for school with no cost to families,” said Gilbert.

Defining what ‘at-risk’ means

Gilbert reported that state and regional superintendents are visiting with legislators about the impact of a funding formula with the current definition of ‘at-risk.’ In prior years, only alternative schools and alternative summer schools used these definitions to determine participation and enrollment.

Gilbert said the conversation continues next week as state legislators return to the Capitol.

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