Development & Growth
NEXT KSD GROWTH COMMITTEE MEETING:
April 27, 6pm, via ZOOMDATE: Thursday, April 27
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Online ZOOM Meeting
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Meeting ID: 964 6186 5457
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Kuna School District serves the residents of the City of Kuna and areas in southern Ada County, and a small portion of eastern Canyon County.
Our community once made up primarily of farms, ranches, and agriculture-based businesses is changing as new residential developments welcome new residents and new families and their children to our schools.
Challenges of growth
New families mean new students. We strive to predict the number of new children and new schools needed to serve them by closely tracking developments in our boundaries.
Based on developments that have been approved by our counties and city, Kuna is expecting our student population to grow significantly in the next 10 years.
Most public school buildings in Idaho are funded solely by property taxes approved by local voters. The "bonds for buildings" proposals require a super-majority of voters -- 66 and 2/3rd to support -- to pass.
Unlike other states, Idaho does not allow school districts to require impact fees on developments.
We advocate for the needs of our students and our taxpayers by asking developers to partner with us to help mitigate the challenges of growth in our community.
Partnerships for strong schools, communities
Our KSD development team advocates for the needs of our students, taxpayers, and the community with developers as well as local governing boards and councils that control development.
In July 2022, our locally-elected Kuna Board of Trustees (a.k.a. school board) approved a voluntary support contribution of about $3,200 per housing unit.
We ask developers to voluntarily contribute this amount or equivalent i.e. land donation, bus donation, etc. to help mitigate their proposed development's impact on schools and taxpayers.
See more information on this page.
Building a coalition to help shape Kuna's future
Our Director of Strategic Partnerships Danielle Horras helps facilitate a Growth Committee of community members, parents and others concerned with how to engage in the process to shape the future of Kuna. If you are interested in getting involved, please email her.
Development and Growth
Voluntary Mitigation Contribution
We advocate for the needs of our students, taxpayers, and the community with developers as well as local governing boards and councils that control development.
We ask developers to provide a voluntary support contribution of about $3,200 per housing unit to help mitigate proposed developments' impact on schools and taxpayers.
In the fall of 2022, TischlerBise / Galena analyzed our enrollment, costs of construction of new schools, land acquisition costs, etc. used to calculate our voluntary support contribution.
Review the analysis here:
TischlerBise / Galena Report on Voluntary Capital Mitigation Fee Report
Watch the video presentation to the Board of Trustees here:
Review the slides used at the Board of Trustees meeting:
KSD Development Team
- District Office
- Swan Falls High School
- Brian Graves
- Danielle Horras
- Tammy Merithew
- Robbie Reno
Growth decision makers
Kuna Planning & Zoning Commission
Before reaching the Kuna City Council, many projects are reviewed by the Kuna Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Kuna City Council
The Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The Council is the final say on developments in the City of Kuna.
Meridian City Council
The Meridian City Council regularly meets the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 4:30 p.m. for a Work Session, and again at 6:00 p.m. for Public Hearings. All meetings are open to the public and are held at Meridian City Hall.