Recent News

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School Board Holds Annual Meeting, Plans Supplemental Levy - posted January 15, 2019

On Monday, January 14, the New Plymouth School District Board of Trustees held its annual meeting. During the meeting, the trustees approved to have Dave Brogan continue to serve as the board’s chair. The board also appointed Marc Haws to serve as the vice-chair. Additionally, the board reconfirmed board clerk Shannon Reece, treasurer Susan Hally, and regular meetings to be held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at the school district office.
During the new business portion of the meeting, the board discussed the possibility of running a levy to supplement the maintenance and operations of the school district. After reviewing needs, historical data, and impact, the board approved a resolution to run a supplemental levy for the amount of $350,000 for two years. Patrons of the school district will be able to vote on the levy on March 12th. 
-David Sotutu, superintendent 

New School Board Trustee - posted December 6, 2018

The New Plymouth School Board is excited to welcome Marc Haws as a new trustee. Marc will replace Ron Kovick, who resigned from the board in November, as the trustee from Zone 1. Marc has owned a ranch in New Plymouth for 18 years and moved to that ranch just over two years ago when he retired from his position as a federal prosecutor in Idaho. Before he began his 28-year federal prosecutor career, Marc’s professional life included working in the Attorney General’s Office, serving as a county prosecuting attorney, and teaching at the University of Oklahoma. Even though Marc is retired, when he is away from the ranch, he has been substitute teaching at our high school and teaching as an adjunct professor at Concordia Law School. He and his wife, Danielle, have a daughter who is a sophomore at New Plymouth High School.

Trustee Haws will official take his place on the school board in their regular meeting on December 10th. He will fulfill the remainder of Trustee Kovick’s term, which runs through December 2019. The current terms of Trustees Dave Brogan (Zone 2) and Darrell Brown (Zone 5) will also expire at the end of 2019. Elections for those three trustee positions will be in November 2019.

-David Sotutu, Superintendent


High School Parking Lot (and Greenhouse) - posted December 4, 2018

We have received questions about why the student parking lot southeast of the school high school has been blocked off for the past few weeks.
This parking lot has been blocked off while we work on installing a new green house at the west end (farthest away from Southeast Ave.) of that parking lot. Mr. Chase Shoemaker, our agricultural sciences and welding teacher and FFA adviser, secured grants from Idaho Division of Career and Technical Education that will fund the construction of this greenhouse. We anticipate that the construction of the greenhouse will be completed in January. We are looking forward to the opportunities that this addition to the high school campus will offer our students. 
-David Sotutu, Superintendent 

Emergency School Closure Procedures - posted December 4, 2018

With winter weather upon us once again, I wanted to review our procedures for emergency school closures. The main purpose of a emergency school closure is to keep our students, staff, and their families safe on days when travel to and from schools may be unsafe and when there  may be issues with our school facilities.

On days with inclement weather, we will begin assessing the road conditions and our facilities at about 4:00 am so that a decision whether, or not, to hold school can be made by 6:00 am. During those early morning hours, we will travel along our district’s six bus routes, check the current conditions and forecasts from the National Weather Service, and communicate with city and county road crews. If conditions are found to be unsafe, we will cancel school by 6:00 am so that we have time to notify all students and staff.

Notifications of school closures will be sent to all of our students’ families and staff through our SchoolMessenger system. SchoolMessenger pulls contact information from PowerSchool, so please make sure that your child’s school has your current contact information. We will also inform the local news agencies about our school closures, so you can also check there for school closures. The last thing we want is for anyone to travel to school through unsafe conditions to find that school was cancelled.

Generally, any after school activities (such as practices, games, club meetings, etc.) are cancelled on days when school is cancelled. However, the superintendent, principals, athletic director, and transportation supervisor may decide to hold these activities if conditions are found to be safe later in the day.    

Other Items to Consider

Please be sure that your child comes to school dressed for the cold weather during the winter months.

On winter days when school is held, but you may have difficulty getting to the school, please let the school office know that your child will be late or absent.

If your high schooler normally leaves campus for lunch, you may want to pack a lunch or purchase a school lunch to avoid traveling in winter weather.  

-David Sotutu, Superintendent    


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