Volume 20 Number 1                              

Fall 2012
In This Issue
ACT Scores Again Outpace Idaho, Nation
BSD Again Leads National Merit Scholarship Program
Students Enjoy "A Taste of Idaho"
Meet a Distinguished Student
New Home for BSD Football!
Boise School Board Update
Changes on Boise School Board
Parent Resources
There are many who help Boise School District meet the challenge of providing quality education every day for every student.   Names and Faces is a feature designed to focus attention on some of the many individuals working hard and achieving in our schools and in our community each day.


BSD Strategic Plan


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BSD Strategic Plan 




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Boise Public Schools Education Foundation

The BPSEF was founded in 1985 to help teachers implement creative ideas that expand their students' learning experiences without using tax dollars. Today, the BPSEF is a critical District partner providing extra resources that can often be the tipping point in the success of a school or a student's life.


Upcoming Events

District III Marching Band CompetitionSaturday, October 27

56th Annual Junior High School Music Clinic Concert

 Free Pre-School Screening Clinics

  • BSD is the second largest school district in Idaho, serving more than 25,000 students in 52 schools.
  • More than 3,500 of our students have a non-English speaking background.
  • More than 92 languages are spoken by our students.  
  • 47.2% of our students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  
  • We have a staff of about 3,900, which includes 1,700 teachers.

Register Now for a Fall Community Education Class! 

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Boise School Board

AJ Balukoff

Janet Orndorff
Vice President

Joan Boren

Maria Greeley

Nancy Gregory

Rory Jones

Dr. Troy Rohn

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Dr. Don Coberly

Dr. Pete Bailey
Deputy Superintendent
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ACT Scores Again Outpace Idaho, Nation
Boise students taking the ACT (American College Test) again surpassed scores reported by the State of Idaho and the Nation.  Results just released show for the ninth consecutive year, District students' ACT composite scores outpaced Idaho and the Nation.  In 2012, the average Boise score outpaced that of Idaho by 1.3 and the Nation by 1.8.  The average District ACT English subscore is now 1.4 higher than the State and 1.9 higher than the Nation.  Average Math scores for Boise students have increased by .7 since 2006. The gap between average Math scores for the District and the State is increasing.  It was 1.2 in 2007; in 2011-12 it was 1.7. Reading scores show improvement, too, with the average score 1.2 points higher than Idaho and 2 points higher than the National average. Test results on the Science subscore are up .6 from 2007 and the 2012 average score of 22.5 is 1.1 points higher than Idaho and 1.6 points higher than the national average. In the class of 2012, 62% of Boise students took the ACT. Average scores on the ACT have improved over the past five years even as the percentage of students taking the exam has increased.

Congratulations to students, parents and District staff members!


This school year the number of National Merit candidates in the Boise School District again surpasses any school district in the State of Idaho. A total of 27 District students are National Merit Semifinalists for the 2012-13 school year, up from 17 BSD students last year. This is the highest number of National Merit candidates of any Idaho school system, public or private.  


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Boise School District students helped celebrate another year of the Farm-to- School Program with a Harvest Day celebration event. The event was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 with this year's theme, A Taste of Idaho. A special celebration was held at Cynthia Mann Elementary School with local fresh fruits and vegetables on the lunch menu, an Idaho Food Plate Fun Pass activity, and a local farmer serving up delicious Idaho fruit!  


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Meet a Distinguished Student 


Capital High School's Christina Wilmot recently received the Distinguished Student Award from KTVB-TV last week. Congratulations, Christina!  

Watch the video here.   


New Home for BSD Football!
Dona Larsen Park

It was a perfect summer night for football as the first high school football game ever to be played at the new Dona Larsen Park saw the Boise High Braves take on the Borah High Lions.  The Park, named after long-time East Junior High School Physical Education Teacher and Coach Dona Larsen, attracted 5,000 fans for the site's much-anticipated debut. With the Boise foothills as the backdrop, and an atmosphere filled with high energy, the game did not disappoint.  Both teams played an exciting, competitive game, with Boise coming out on top by a score of 38 to 24. 

The athletic complex was made possible thanks to a significant financial donation by the David and Debra Larsen Huber Family Foundation.  Built on the site of the old East Junior High School, and the former 1920's field known as Public School Field, Dona Larsen Park  is a long time coming for high school fans eager for a more intimate setting.  For decades, Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline high school's football teams called Bronco Stadium home, a huge stadium fans felt was too big.  "Dona Larsen Park is a perfect intimate setting for high school football," exclaimed one Boise High student. "It turned out beautifully," Debra Huber, said.  "It's really and amazing facility, and we are really happy about that."

At halftime during the Aug. 24 Boise vs. Borah football game, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly (far left) presented Dona Larsen (far right) and her daughter Debra Huber (second from right) with a commemorative poster in honor of the first high school football game to be played at the new athletic complex named in her honor.

Boise School Board Update
Board  Opposes Students Come First  Laws on  Nov. 6  Ballot

On Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Board members took a vote NO position on all three education propositions that will come before voters on election day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  

The Students Come First legislation restricts what school boards are allowed to negotiate with their teachers, establishes a pay-for-performance bonus system for teachers, diverts funding from local districts to pay for laptops for all high school students and requires online courses for graduation.  

The Board's position on Propositions 1, 2 & 3 can be found at  www.boiseschools.org under Current Highlights and Events.

Watch video news coverage about the Boise School Board vote here

Additional information regarding Propositions 1, 2 & 3 can be found on the following web sites:






Balukoff, Greeley and Rohn Take Office 
Balukoff Re-Elected as President, Orndorff as Vice President 

Boise School District's Board of Trustees welcomed two new Board members and welcomed back a long time Board member during September's Board meeting.  On Monday, September 10th,   new Board members Maria Greeley, Dr. Troy Rohn and veteran Board member AJ Balukoff were sworn into office.  In addition, the Board re-elected Balukoff to serve as Board President, Janet Orndorff to serve as Board Vice President, and Karen Fox to serve as Clerk of the Board, each for the next two years.


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Boise School District Clerk of the Board Karen Fox delivers the Oath of Office to Maria Greeley, AJ Balukoff, and Dr. Troy Rohn during the September 10th Boise School Board meeting.