Superintendent Message (March 21, 2014)

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March 21, 2014


This morning our Board of Trustees voted to run another supplemental levy election on May 20, 2014. As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision for our Trustees to make. Trustee Ginny Greger charged the community to continue the positive momentum of supporting the school district by getting involved in the levy effort.

I know many of you felt that when the community didn't support the March levy that they weren't supporting you. This was not the case. In these last ten days, the community has offered an outpouring of support for the children and staff of the Kuna School District. Some of the comments are as follows:

"I just wanted to let you know I am here to help in any capacity you need."

"I love the teachers in this district. They will do anything to help my children so I have committed to do everything I can to get the May levy to pass."

"Our children deserve the best people to work with them, and I am committed to finding solutions so that other districts will not lure our best teachers away."

I'm also writing to ask you to trust the process. People are working hard to ensure that we will continue to be able to provide an excellent education to the children of this community. I met with one such parent this morning who had tears of worry flowing down her cheeks. She was worried that, even with the May levy, our people would feel that they would have to leave to find better work conditions in other districts. I assured her that her hard work and the hard work of the parent leaders around her would encourage our fabulous Kuna team to stick together. Teacher Lori Johnson confirmed my thinking when she shared the following with me:

"I will stay here first for my students. I have taught them at Indian Creek as second graders and many, again at Ross as fifth graders. I am involved in their lives and with their families. I love watching them thrive and grow as they move through our schools.

I will stay here for my principal and building crew. Mr. Graves is the seventh principal I've worked for in my career, and he is by far the most exceptional leader I have known. He is involved in our classrooms and supports us in every way possible. Our office staff, led by Kari Tolbert, keeps us going with their humor and unconditional support.

I will stay here because of the servant-leader Wendy Johnson has proven herself to be time and time again, from the first time I met her as a new district employee in 2007. Her vision for our students and bold leadership, yet humble and supportive manner, bring out my fierce loyalty.

I will stay here for the sense of team that our staff has built. I haven't played team sports since high school but the sense of camaraderie and team work that we have at Indian Creek and Ross is akin to that."

Lori's commitment is evident across our great district. Our Kuna team will continue to work tirelessly for the children, parents and staff of our Kuna School District Community and will practice the save advice of Col. Jim Stockdale by confronting the brutal facts of our current reality while retaining faith that we will prevail in the end.

"Confront the most brutal facts of your current reality..."

We are facing facts in our Budget Reduction Team meetings
The budget reduction team met last night to establish their process. Over 30 stakeholders have come together to review the budget reduction suggestions that have been submitted via our website by our community.

Retain faith that we will prevail in the end...

May 20 Supplemental Levy
A team of five parents who represent all of the schools in the district has publically committed to getting the levy passed. They have hundreds of names of people who have also given their commitment to help get the word out to our patrons.

As we work together to both confront the reality of our current situation while retaining faith that we will prevail in the end, please remember the commitment I have asked each of you to make:

1. Channel your anger into action and your worry into work.
2. Challenge your frustration into focus and your concern into commitment.
3. Channel your hostility into hope and your stress into story.

Please relax and rejuvenate over spring break. We have much work to do to ensure that we end the school year strong and begin our plans for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

In service,

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