Our Board of Directors

  • Sherri Ybarra, Chairman

    Sherri Ybarra
    Represents the Board as Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Sherri Ybarra was elected and took office on January 5, and has served as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2015. She was awarded “Outstanding Educator” twice in her career, and has experience with receiving numerous, progressive grant proposals and projects such as acquiring funding for educational advancements in 21st century technology, learning labs, and mastery-based

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  • Allison Gonzalez

    Allison Gonzalez
    Represents the Board as a Parent

    Allison Gonzalez serves the board as a parent of a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child. Allison's oldest daughter is a deaf high school student who attends the residential program on ISDB's campus. Allison and her daughter began receiving services from the IESDB Outreach Program 16 years ago through an early intervention Educational Specialist. Allison has worked at

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  • Steven Stubbs

    Steven Stubbs
    Represents the Board as ...

    Steven G Stubbs grew up in the east, attending both the Deaf School and the public school. He continued his education at Gallaudet University and completed his degree in computer science with an emphasis in mathematics at the University of Maryland – College Park. Since his wife is from Idaho, they moved to the state immediately after his graduation, where he

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  • Dr. Bill Russell

    Dr. Bill Russell
    Represents the Board as

    Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University. Formerly, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and an Assistant to the President of the University at NNU; he has also held a position as Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics and has taught in the graduate

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  • Cathi Pierson

    Cathi Pierson
    Represents the Board as Private Idaho Citizen

    Cathi Pierson has worked as an Audiologist with various Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians in Florida, Alaska and Idaho. She was also the Audiologist at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind as well as owner and manager of her own private practice in Gooding, Idaho. Cathi is certified by and a current member of

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  • Mike Gibson

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  • Ramona Lee

    Ramona Lee
    Represent the Board as ...

    Ramona Lee is the director of Federal Programs and Special Education for the Weiser School District. During her 20 years as an Idaho educator, she has worked as a special education teacher, a secondary math teacher, an alternative school coordinator, and a special programs administrator. She also serves as the 2012-13 president of the IASEA (Idaho Association of Special Education

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  • Kathleen Crowley

    Kathleen Crowley
    Represents the Board as ...

    Kathleen Crowley has been the principal of Ponderosa Elementary School in the West Ada School District for the past twelve years. Ponderosa has the magnet program that serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing who reside in the west area of the Treasure Valley. Kathy also has administrative experience with IESDB preschool and kindergarten total communication (sign language

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Reference IBESDB Policy Manual Section 500 number 596
Adopted 6/16/09 - Last amended 2/17/2015

It is the goal of the ISDB to strive to make a significant contribution to the general well being, mental and physical capacity, and learning ability of each student and afford them the opportunity to fully participate in the education process. The ISDB promotes healthy school by supporting wellness, good nutrition, and regular physical activity as a part of the total learning environment. The ISDB supports a healthy environment where children learn and participate in positive dietary and lifestyle practices. By facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition and physical activity, our school contributes to the basic health status of children. Improved health optimizes student performance potential and ensures that no child is left behind.

Healthy eating is demonstrably linked to reduced risk of mortality and development of many chronic diseases as adults.

Our Commitment

The Board directs the Administrator to inform and update the public, including parents, students, and others in the community about the content and implementation of the wellness policy. Such information may be provided on the ISDB website, through dissemination of student handbooks, or in any other manner the Administrator may deem appropriate.


For the purposes of this policy, the school day is defined as midnight before to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the instructional day. This policy does not apply to food which is consumed, cooked or prepared at the cottages. The cottages are the residential structures in which some students live or reside while attending school at the ISDB.

Goals for Wellness Promotion

To ensure the health and well- being of all students, it is the policy of the ISDB to:

  • Ensure that all children have access to adequate and healthy food choices on scheduled school days at reasonable prices, if applicable;
  • Ensure that foods sold to students at school, excluding the cottages, during the school day meet or exceed the nutritional standards required by National School Lunch Program, the National School Breakfast Program, and the Smart Snacks in School standards. Exceptions can be made for infrequent food sales fundraisers that occur no more than the number of times determined appropriate by the Idaho State Department of Education during the school year and are not held during school meal times;
  • Ensure that non-exempt fundraising food sales will not occur on school grounds, excluding the cottages, during the school day. The ISDB operates under United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) program regulations of the National School Lunch Program, National School Breakfast Program, and the Smart Snacks in School standards. This includes food sold during the school day in school stores, vending machines, and other venues, excluding the cottages;
  • Food at school functions/parties during the school day must adhere to the Smart Snacks in School nutrition guidelines.

[Note: The USDA has no role in regulating foods brought or distributed from the home or the cottages. The Smart Snacks in Schools standards only affect foods that are sold on school grounds during the school day. Time honored traditions like treats for birthdays, or foods at an afterschool sporting event, are not subject to those standards.];

  • Support and promote dietary habits contributing to students’ health and academic performance. All foods available on school grounds, excluding the cottages, and at school-sponsored activities during the school day should meet or exceed the Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards. Wholesome foods produced in Idaho should be available and actively promoted in a healthy school environment. Emphasis should be placed on foods that are nutrient dense per calorie. Foods should be served with consideration toward variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure high quality meals.
  • Provide a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors including good nutrition and regular physical activity. Students will participate in physical and health education classes; Classroom teachers may provide short activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate; Elementary students will have daily recess for no less than 20 minutes;
  • Coordinate school food service to promote healthy lifestyles and to reinforce messages about healthy eating and to ensure that foods offered promote good nutrition and contribute to the development of lifelong, healthy eating habits; and
  • Involve family members and the community in supporting and reinforcing nutrition education and the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyles.

Nutrition Standards

To promote student health and reduce childhood obesity, the ISDB will comply with the nutrition standards established by the USDA with respect to all food that is available on school grounds, excluding the cottages, during the school day.

Community Participation

Parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the Board, school administrators, and the general public are all permitted to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review of this policy.

The Administrator shall periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment on the implementation of this policy including:

  • The extent to which the ISDB is in compliance with the wellness policy;
  • The extent to which the ISDB’s wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies; and
  • A description of the progress made in attaining the goals of the wellness policy.

Methods of providing this information to the public may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic materials to families of school children and other members of the school community at the beginning of the school year, or posting the local wellness policy and an assessment of their implementation on the ISDB website.

Monitoring Compliance

The Administrator shall designate one or more employees to ensure that the ISDB complies with this policy.