KES Update

April 7, 2021

I hope you all enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break! It's great to be back! We welcomed some of our virtual Hornets back to the building on April 5 and the final transition date for the other returning virtual students in April 19. I have enjoyed seeing new and familiar faces each day and listening to the happy chatter as students are in the halls, classrooms and on the playground. Spirit Week was full of fun! Thank you for supporting each theme day from home!

Information about District Plans and Issue 1

Issue 1, which will appear on the May 4 ballot, will renew our existing 1.10 mill Permanent Improvement (PI) levy and add 0.95 mills while continuing to fund the ongoing repair and maintenance of school district facilities.

The current PI levy was passed 25 years ago and generates the same $250,000 per year as it did when originally passed. Currently, necessary facility improvements and repairs cost up to $350,000 each year, requiring the District to forego or defer maintenance projects every year.

Some examples of challenges that can be addressed with Issue 1 funds:

  • Enhancements to a high school science lab that is poorly laid out, has Bunsen burners without gas, and leaking sinks that are too small for proper use.

  • Upgrades to furniture and carpet in the K-3rd grade classrooms to allow for changing educational formats.

  • Technology improvements to allow teachers to provide personalized instruction and to prepare students for future digital demands.

  • Enhanced surveillance systems and security.

Issue 1funds would allow the district to address these issues along with other critical items in our capital improvement plan. It would add $2.75/month per $100,000 of your property value.

Our district is very proud to earn the State Auditor’s “Taxpayer Hero” award for fiscal responsibility, but facility needs cannot be addressed through wise fiscal management alone.

More information on voting can be found at:

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Important Dates, Reminders, and Information

  • April 13, 20, 27 - Wear BLUE to represent being an ENGAGED Hornet!
  • April 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 - State Testing (see schedule for specific grade level date/time)
  • April 13 - PTA Meeting

  • Please remind your child(ren) to check the Lost and Found. It is FULL of items that need to be claimed!

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PTA Information

Kirtland Public Library and KES!

Thank you to the Kirtland Public Library for creating and displaying the Story Walk for our Hornets to enjoy!

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