#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

9.25.2020

In this update:


  • Really, don't send your children to school if they or anyone in your household is sick
  • Kuna School District property tax rate drops again
  • Reminder next week is a short week!
  • Time to pre-order remote meals for Oct. 12-16 to picked up Friday, Oct. 9
  • Governor announces grant to help families with distance learning education expenses

  • COVID Cases Update

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes
Kuna Families


I'm sharing this "Good Job" video because I am so proud of our teachers, staff and our students. They've been working incredibly hard to provide instruction in three different ways, face-to-face, remote, and "in-person" electronic lessons for our Fridays.


This hard work to open and stay open is put in jeopardy when we don't follow our strategies to reduce the spread of COVID.


We need your help!


Please keep your child home when:


  • He/she is sick
  • Anyone in the household is sick
  • Anyone in the household is tested for COVID or is COVID positive


This week, a sick individual came to school. Now four of our teachers are home on quarantine for at least 14 days.


Our goal is to stay healthy and open for learning!


We'll be watching our numbers of positive students and staff to determine if we are able to follow our plan open elementary schools for every day learning in October.


Please #doyourpart to keep us safe, healthy & learning.

Stay home when sick
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Kuna School District property tax rate drops again

In last week's newsletter, I shared that our Kuna School District property tax rate would drop. If you take a look at the chart, you'll see our rate will drop more than 16% from $4.88 per $1,000 in taxable value to $4.09. We also will collect less taxes in overall taxes -- about $261,900 less.


You may remember in 2017 our Board of Trustees working with the community crafted a 10-year financial plan to provide new spaces for new students and upgrade existing spaces (bonds for buildings) and support for learning (annual levy for learning.)


The goal of the plan was to ask our community to support schools while we committed to keeping the tax rate predictable at no more than $5 per $1,000 while our community developed and that growth could help pay for growth.


Our Board also has done a terrific job managing our debt from bonds for buildings. This summer, the Board approved paying off some of the 2017 bonds early through a process called defeasance. This saves nearly $1.6 million.


Our annual levy for learning expires at the end of the school year and we will be talking about about the next steps in the coming months.

Reminder next week is a short week due to state teacher meetings

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Time to pre-order remote meals for Oct. 12-16 to picked up Friday, Oct. 9

We hope you are enjoying the free meals the Kuna School District is providing for children on remote learning days and for those in our community.


The next opportunity to pre-order meals is now through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. This is for meals that will be picked up Friday, Oct. 9 for the following week.


Please use this link to pre-order meals: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSDMeals10121016

Governor announces grant to help families with distance learning education expenses

Governor Little announced a new grant "Strong Families, Strong Students" Initiative to provide financial support for families with some unexpected education expenses because of COVID and the need of districts to offer services remotely or in a hybrid model.


The application has not been published, but allowable uses will include:


(a) computer hardware, software, and other devices, including adaptive learning technology;

(b) internet connectivity;

(c) instructional materials;

(d) fees for courses;

(e) tutoring services;

(f) education services and therapies.


The intent is to prioritize applications based on family income. We'll share information on this as it becomes available.

COVID-19 update

This week, we are reporting three confirmed cases of COVID-19--two students and one employee. None of the positive cases could be traced to contracting the virus while at school.
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Superintendent Wendy Johnson

I am a superintendent of an amazing school district in Kuna, Idaho. I love serving children, teachers and families and having an impact on the future. #ksdready&resilient #ksdempower #futureready