wendywebThe following articles are the Superintendent's messages to employees of the Kuna School District. These messages are sent frequently during the school year and include the following sections: Celebrations, Updates, Professional Opportunities, and Rumor Mill. Other messages are sent out as needed and may be included here.

 

Kuna School District Updateksd1

March 6, 2019

“Elections belong to the people.” - Abraham Lincoln


Team,

This time until Spring Break is one the busiest times in school with all the activities in learning, concerts, tournaments, and a levy election, too!

Why quote Lincoln? A couple of reasons.

We received a brief pause on Presidents’ Day holiday and had great learning experiences during our professional development meetings.

The other reason is, of course, our March 12 levy election and the “belong to the people” wisdom from our 16th President resonates with the work under way to inform our community about what the levy means to our students and to all of you and all we want to accomplish together.

I truly appreciate the time all of you gave to learn more about the levy face to face with me. Board Chairman Grant and I sent a letter to our parents and are also widely sharing the information below. You are welcome to share this as well.

Ensure your vote counts!

Early voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday - Ada County and Canyon County
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 12 Election Day

Still have questions? Learn more about the levy

Watch the video overview completed by Mrs. Campbell’s Video Production class, Kaveman Productions
Visit district website
Follow the district Facebook Page
Watch our video that explains the tax rate
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In service,

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updatelogoNew High School Name and Groundbreaking
Last night our Board of Trustees held a special session to discuss the name of the new high school and conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase.l. The Board narrowed down name suggestions to three: Mason Creek HS, Swan Falls HS and Desert View HS. The Board seeks feedback to inform the final decision in next Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

Friend to Kuna School District Don Johnson Funeral Details
Last weekend we lost one of the pillars of our community. Don Johnson is known for his time volunteering with the Kuna Grange, supporting FFA programs, serving as the Kuna Rural Fire District Commissioner, library board member and KSD Trustee. Many of our teachers and students knew Don as the “dictionary guy” who through his leadership in the Kuna Grange has raised money to buy dictionaries for every third grade student for many, many years. We invite you to attend his memorial service which will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, March 9 at the Kuna Performing Arts Center.

Education Legislation to Watch
SB1061 - school districts that have passed a levy for at least seven (7) consecutive years can allow voters to extend the levy length from three (3) to ten (10) years without going back to the voters every year. We currently have this ability, but the levy must equal at least 20% of the total general maintenance and operation fund. This bill removes that qualification in the language.

HB120 - sex education opt-in (instead of opt-out like it is now); specific concern is the vague language “any instruction or presentation regarding sexality” which would require parents to opt in before kids could be taught an array of topics that are a part of graduation requirements. -- PASSED THE HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY


HB203 - repeals restriction to carry a concealed firearm in Idaho schools -- NOTIFIED TODAY THAT THIS BILL IS DEAD FOR THE SESSION.


HB133 - would require communications to parents regarding immunizations to include language regarding opt-out options; bill passed the House and now moves to the Senate -- NOTIFIED TODAY THAT THIS BILL IS DEAD FOR THE SESSION


Election Consolidation - No bill yet but rumors are this bill will remove March and August levy election dates and contain language that will force school districts to allow County Clerks to use their schools for polling places if asked to do so.


New Public School Funding Formula - No bills yet, but lots of rumors. The best course of action may be to ask the Governor’s Education Task Force to build on the work of the Interim Committee, stakeholders and lawmakers to come up with plan. Stay tuned!

Important Dates Coming Up
March 12 School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office Conference Room Supplemental Levy Election, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., look up your polling place:  https://apps.idahovotes.gov/YourPollingPlace/WhereDoIVote.aspx

March 22 End of Quarter 3, grades 6-12


March 25-29 Spring Break

 

kuna wayThe Kuna Way Awards
Please help me to celebrate our colleagues who are examples of practicing the Kuna Way. If you know of someone who should receive this award, please nominate this person by sending an email to Cheri Carr.

Kuna Way Awards February 2019

A special shout out to Jim Obert and Cheri Carr for exhibiting all six of the definitions of the Kuna Way.
“Jim and Cheri have been hard at work to put together the new high school groundbreaking ceremony. Because of their hard work, attention to detail, and care for our school district, our community was able to celebrate the possibilities that the new high school will provide for the children who will be attending beginning Fall 2020. Thank you, Jim and Cheri for all you do for the Kuna School District!”

 

rumor Rumor Mill
Have You Heard a Rumor and Want to Know the Answer? Post your question on our website!

It is easy for rumors to get started in light of all the questions and concerns employees and parents have regarding the Kuna School District. If you've heard a rumor that you'd like to get an "official" response on, we encourage you visit the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" link on our website.


Q
. Will our current bell schedule be the same next year as it is this year?

A. This year provided us with quite a transportation challenge which resulted in a change to the bell schedule. Starting about two weeks ago, the transportation department has been working with a new transportation software and has partnered with our Finance Manager Adam Bell to see how we can maximize routes for next year. This will help us know what is possible so we can determine bell schedules for next year prior to the end of the school year.