Superintendent's Message to Employees (March 11, 2009)
The following is Superintendent's Message to Employees of the Kuna School District for the week of March 9th. Superintendent's Messages are sent to employees on Wednesday of each week, and include the following sections: Celebrations, Budget Updates, and Rumor Mill.
KMS Officially Opens Fitness Center
KMS is happy to announce that the transformation of their Commons/Storage area into a Fitness Center is now complete! The classroom is filled with fitness equipment purchased by the District through the PEP grant. Teachers and students are really enjoying the new opportunities this Center provides. Thanks to Mrs. Frahm and Mr. York for taking the time to get the Fitness Center up and running.
New Wings at KHS Successfully Opened Thanks to Teamwork
Administration at KHS would like to thank everyone who contributed in the opening of the new wings of their building. Building Administrator, Ron Emry, appreciates the efforts made by Projects Coordinator, Layne Saxton and Administrator of Technology, Devan DeLashmutt, for their dedication to seeing this project through to the end. Emry would also like to commend the awesome work of Network Technician, Jeff Long and Network Engineer, Jim Obert. Administration would also like to thank the Facilities Department and the KHS football team for working so diligently to get the furniture into these wings so expeditiously.
KSD Will Partner with Boys and Girls Club of Ada County to Offer Summer Program
The KSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night to partner with the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County in providing a summer program to children in Kuna. The Boys and Girls Club of Ada County will be running the program, and it will be hosted at Reed Elementary. The program is set to run from June 8th through August 7th for children in first through sixth grades. More information regarding registration for this summer program will be made available in the beginning of April.
KSD to Host Employee and Community Study Circle Sessions in April
The Kuna School District plans to host two Study Circle Sessions in April to discuss budget options. An employee Study Circle Session will be held on April 7th, beginning at 3:30 in the KHS Commons. A community Study Circles Session will follow on April 9th and will also begin at 6:30 in the KHS Commons. District administration will present the findings of the Budget Review Team at each session and ask for feedback on each identified options.
Budget Review Team Provides School Board with Status of Research Topics
In a Work Session that took place prior to last night's regular School Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent Jay Hummel presented some of the information that has been gathered by the Budget Review Team over the past few weeks. Among the topics presented were as follows:
1. Increase revenue: run a supplemental levy
2. Increase revenue: increase student attendance or enrollment
3. Increase revenue: increase class fees and fund raisers
4. Increase revenue: develop a District pay-to-play policy that would require all students participating in extracurricular activities to pay all or a portion of the actual costs of running those activities.
5. Reduce staff: reduce the number of administrators and/or supervisors in the District.
6. Increase efficiency: conserve energy to save on utility costs.
7. Decrease expenses: shift all or part of the Kuna School District to a four-day work week.
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 http://www.kunaschools.org/component/rsform/form/3-submit-form-rumors-questions-feedback.html and select "Rumor" from the Category menu.
Rumor: KMS doesn't have a fire alarm system in place.
A working fire alarm system is in place at each and every one of our buildings, including Kuna Middle School. Last week, the intercom and phone system at KMS was down, but this incident had no impact on the fire alarm system. Additionally, last week, a vendor walked through KMS with staff from the Facilities and Maintenance Department to discuss upgrading the existing fire alarm system. This visit was unrelated to the failing intercom system and in no way means that the fire alarm system at KMS is in disrepair. To reiterate, every fire alarm system at every building in our District works and is reliable. The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance to KSD administration.