Superintendent's Message to Employees (February 11, 2009)
Thanks for creating another great week for students and staff in the Kuna School District. In light of all the gloomy financial news I continue to send your way, I thought it might be a good idea to change the format of my communications a bit. As such, from here on out we will start by handing out much-needed accolades for a variety of amazing things going on in our District.
Dygert and Blackstock Named Kuna Grange Teachers of the Year
The Kuna Grange recently named KHS teachers Shawn Dygert and Joe Blackstock as their Teachers of the Year. This impressive award speaks volumes of the invaluable work Mr. Dygert and Mr. Blackstock do on behalf of our students and the Kuna FFA program. Congratulations for this much-deserved award!
K-6 Reading Data Shows Significant Improvements from Fall to Winter
The hard work of our teachers is paying off! Our K-6 reading assessment data has demonstrated that from Fall scores to Winter scores, more students are reading at the benchmark level. Fall data shows that 63% of K-6 students were reading at benchmark level, and Winter data shows that 71% of K-6 students are reading at benchmark level. We are so proud of the teachers in our District and can't wait to see what Spring data will show us.
KSD Receives $11,500 for Going Green at Teed
Because of the efforts of Layne Saxton, Kevin Lindquist, and the entire Facilities Department, we now have controls installed that will help us use energy more efficiently at Teed. In recognition of this "green" building improvement, Idaho Power gave the Kuna School District $11,500. We appreciate the work of our entire Projects and Facilities teams in making our buildings run more cost-effectively.
Budget Review Team to Meet This Week
The newly formed Budget Review Team will meet for the first time this week to begin researching what different cost-saving ideas will mean for the Kuna School District. The work of this team will be shared with employees, students, and patrons as it becomes available. All possible cost-saving ideas will be researched by this team. Members of the team include Jim Ford, Ginny Greger, Jay Hummel, Wendy Johnson, Devan DeLashmutt, Bryan Fletcher, Deb McGrath, Ken LilienKamp, Jennifer Wright, Kevin Lindquist, Greta Smith, Wyatt Trull (KHS student) and Jackie Perez (KHS student). Susan Crew will serve as the team's recorder.
Stakeholders Compile List of Suggested Ways We Can All Help Save Money Now
Through meetings with Building Administrators, Operations Supervisors and KEA, we have developed a list of suggestions for ways employees and students can help the District conserve beginning immediately. Among this list are simple things that each of us can do, such as turning lights off when leaving a room, leaving temperature controls at reasonable levels, and turning computers off when they are not in use. Although simple, if we all do a little to help, these measures can result in huge cost savings to the District over time. Click here to see the list of suggestions. Supervisors will be discussing these items with employees for additional feedback.
Have You Heard a Rumor and Want to Know the Answer? E-mail KSD News!
It is easy for rumors to get started in light of all the questions and concerns employees and parents have regarding the future of the Kuna School District. If you've heard a rumor that you'd like to get an "official" response on, we encourage you to e-mail the rumor to
. You can also visit the District Feedback Form and select "Rumor" from the Category menu.
Rumor: None of the administrative positions will be impacted by budget cuts.
False. As stated before, not a single area of our budget will go undiscussed when faced with reduced revenues of $2.5 million. All positions in the District, including administrative positions, will be reviewed for potential budget cuts. The Budget Review Team will be fleshing out each and every possibility. Once the Budget Review Team has had time to research options, these will be presented to all our stakeholders.
Rumor: The District fired the Redirect teacher and closed the program down to save money.
False. The teacher at Redirect was a wonderful asset to our District and we are sorry to see him go, but he was not fired. This teacher chose to leave the District and take a position elsewhere. While we are saddened when talented teachers leave our District, this occurred after our Leadership Team agreed that we would not fill positions left vacant for the remainder of this school year. We elected to discontinue our rental agreement for the Redirect space and to absorb the program back into KHS and KMS. We appreciate the extra efforts taken by staff at both these schools to accommodate this transition.