Superintendant's Message to Employees (April 19, 2010)

April 19, 2010

Valued Employees,

I have parent meetings scheduled in every school this week. The focus of these meetings is to update parents on our budget crisis. We need their support and assistance now more than ever. The meetings I have had so far have been very positive with parents and patrons expressing their willingness to help. We are lucky to have such good support from the many parents and patrons in our district.


If you have a celebration that you'd like to share, we encourage you visit the District news web site and select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" tab.

Congratulations to the following amazing members of the Kuna School District:

  • KMS Student Andrea Davenport and KHS Students Shahayla Onoaiye and Autumn Ellis Received the Mayor’s Award

  • KHS Science teacher Angela Hemingway was awarded the Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science (GIANTS) Award. She was recognized by the Lieutenant Governor on Monday for her accomplishment.

  • KHS Science teacher DaNell Huggins was runner-up in the University of Idaho’s Thomas O. Bell Outstanding Science teacher award. She will be recognized on April 24 in Moscow.

Budget Updates:

Response to the Kuna Melba News Article regarding budget reductions:
Last Wednesday, the Kuna Melba News published its view on school cuts. Included in the article was information about both teacher and administrator salaries. Since this article appeared, many of you have expressed frustration regarding the article. My advice to all of our employees is to keep focused on what we are here to do—help children so that each one of our students is prepared for the future.
The ideas that were expressed in the article will be submitted for review by our Budget Reduction Team and/or Negotiations Team.

Teams continue to meet:
Both the Negotiations and Budget Reduction Teams continue to meet weekly to address the suggestions they have received regarding the budget crisis. The Negotiations team is addressing ideas related to certified salary and work conditions while the Budget Reduction Team is addressing all other ideas.

Help for Homeless Families:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided a grant to help residents of Ada County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Please share this information with families who are homeless or at risk. The grant provides:

  • Rental Assistance
  • Housing Relocation
  • Suitable Housing Search
  • Utility Deposits and Payments
  • Motel Vouchers
  • Case Management

See the following Boise City web site for more information.

Archived Superintendent Messages

Budget Reduction, Submit Ideas Here

Free and Reduce Meals - Apply Online

KMS 1:1 Learning Project