KSD Board Report
Message from Trustee Grant
Increasing our advocacy for our students
We are disappointed that a June 7 annexation of a subdivision was approved despite our concerns presented to the city in their formal process. The district is asking the City to reconsider its decision. (See full letter below.)
At our June 14 school board meeting, we took action to support our work to advocate for our current and future students and our taxpayers by:
- investing in staff to represent our students' needs at every city meetings and to meet with developers;
- increasing funds for legal services that may be needed;
- pursuing changes to allow us to collect impact fees and other legal changes.
The Board does not oppose growth. We do believe that developers should help offset the impact of growth on our schools.
Meeting with City leaders delayed
At the our June meeting we discussed topics for planned meeting with the City Council later this month. After the meeting, however, scheduling conflicts led to the meeting being canceled.
We encourage you to keep up on new developments in our community and to reach out to our city leaders to share your thoughts:
Budget provides pay raise for teachers & more
- The state Legislature is providing more funding for schools with the increases earmarked for teacher, early literacy programs and employee health insurance.
- The funding allows for the district to improve pay of employees in this highly competitive job market.
- The teacher salary schedule will be increased by 4% resulting in average pay increases of about 6% depending on the individual teacher's experience and education.
- In addition, teachers who returned to work for us will receive a one-time $1,500 stipend.
- The district also will fund Year 2 of a four-year plan to improve our classified staff pay (office staff, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, etc.)
One-time federal funds highlights
In 2022-23 Budget, the district will continue to follow Year 2 of a three-year plan to use federal pandemic funds to support students' learning needs and communicate with families. Highlights include:
- Continue 10 extra certified staff to help close learning gaps among students
- Add one K-5 Spanish-language certified staff member to help close learnings among English learners
- Provide substitute support for special education staff
- Continue five health aides
- Continue three instructional coaches
- Continue leadership stipends for teachers
- Launch a alternative and diversion program for grades 6-12 called "Bridges"
- Add a social worker
- Continue financial incentives for substitutes
Update on School Resource Officers
Assistant Superintendent Kim Bekkedahl shared there is new law enforcement leadership for School Resource Officers Sgt. Brian Keen. She is meeting with Sgt. Keen and Kuna Police Chief Mike Fratusco discussing the needs of schools and ways to increase SRO presence at our schools. The district will benefit from having Sgt. Keen dedicated to Kuna schools instead of sharing the position with another school district.
Work continues on legislative proposals
Vice Chairman Joy Thomas updated the trustees on work on resolutions (proposed changes to in law or state policy) to submit to the Idaho School Board Association's membership for support. To date, she has secured a legislator to sponsor three of the five proposals. In July, the Board will consider proposals on:
- Allow school districts to access Impact fees from new development
- Restore state funds that were cut for technology, staff, professional development, and curriculum
- Improve funding for classified staff pay
- Count students who earn a GED toward a high school's graduation rates
- Update Statute 67-6513 that addresses growth
Kuna High School student Marcie Patterson was chosen for state FCCLA leader role and is serving as Vice President of Public Relations and Development for the group's Region 3.
School Board Appreciation Month
Trustees were recognized for their volunteer service as June is School Board Appreciation Month. Vice Chair Thomas participated in a ceremony in Boise with Idaho Governor Brad Little and others declaring it school board appreciation month.
Other action items
- Bond Projects - Director of Student Services Brian Graves shared that a recommendation on the use of the last of the 2017 bonds will come after costs are finalized for projects previously approved by the Board
- Milk Bids - Trustees authorized the district to bid for milk and dairy products.
July 12, 2022 Regular Board Meeting & Budget Hearing
Tue, Jul 12, 2022, 06:30 PM
Kuna School District, 711 East Porter Street, Kuna, ID, USA
I love our community and am grateful to represent the patrons of Zone 2. I have served on the Kuna School Board since 2014. My family and I became residents of Kuna in 2007 when I opened my dental practice (Avalon Dental). We have triplets that are enrolled at Kuna High School and our youngest attends Reed Elementary. Over the last 12 years, I’ve coached a number of seasons of football, basketball, and track, and I have enjoyed getting to know the kids in this community that I represent. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org