KSD Board Report
January 2022 Update from Your Zone 4 Trustee Kim Nixon
Message from Trustee Johnson
You're invited to participate in a Jan. 31 Study Circle
Earlier this school year, we paused finalizing our strategic plan after hearing mixed feedback about one of the five areas of the plan called safe and inclusive schools. Some feedback expressed concerns and others supportive.
One of our roles as a Board is to set the vision and direction for the district in collaboration with our community and staff.
In January, the Board is inviting its patrons to participate in study circles so trustees and staff can listen to our community to help finalize the safe and inclusive schools area of the strategic plan.
In the study circle format, participants are part of a small group of 8 to 10 people. This allows for all participants to have a voice and to listen to others around this topic.
Study circles will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at Swan Falls High School, 7300 S. Linder Road, Meridian, ID.
The plan is to group participants with their trustee, who would facilitate the discussion. This could change depending on how many want to join us. We will offer an online option if enough individuals sign up for it.
If you are interested, please use this link to register:
Registration closes 5 p.m. Jan. 26.
I hope you will join me on Jan. 31. I look forward to listening to you!
Serving on the Capital Planning Committee
I represent the Board of Trustees on the Capital Planning Committee which met for the first time Jan. 6. The group will meet monthly on the first Thursday evening. I've served on committees in the past as a parent, and appreciate the hard work and time its members give. Learn more about the committee here.
Pledge of Allegiance
Two trustees were sworn in to start their new terms on the Board. Kyrsti Bruce represents Zone 3 and Kim Nixon Zone 4. Both were elected in November to four-year terms.
Communications & Celebrations
Idaho School Boards Association Awards
Superintendent Johnson reviewed the gold, silver, and bronze awards earned by trustees and the leadership award to the entire board from the Idaho School Boards Association reflecting our participation in training and other activities during 2021. I earned the Silver Level recognition. Learn more about this program.
January Kuna Way Awards
Superintendent Johnson and her team are providing video reports to the Board about how our schools are supporting students whose learning was impacted by COVID disruptions, and how one-time federal funds are boosting this work. This month's report focused on our middle schools.
School Board Outreach
Communication Director Allison Westfall shared information about the reach of our first Board Report newsletters. She and Superintendent Johnson reviewed plans for a study circle planned for Monday, Jan. 31. If you would like to participate please fill out the sign up at the start of this newsletter.
Expulsion process & alternative
Assistant Superintendent Kim Bekkedahl and Kuna High School Lead Building Administrator Dave Beymer reviewed the district's suspension and expulsion process. They shared that student behaviors resulting in formal evidentiary hearings and potential expulsion are rare but have increased this year. Mr. Beymer provided details on a new learning option that will be provided for students who, for discipline reasons, are not in school. during the second semester.
In November, Chief Financial Officer Elimira Feather shared that state funds for school districts could be negatively impacted by decisions made by the Legislature. She shared in this update that state decision makers are beginning to address the concerns identified by districts and the outlook for KSD's 2021-22 state revenue is improving.
The Board approved its Consent Agenda with the exception of the Personnel Report which was addressed after the Executive Session later in the meeting. Items approved at this time included:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS, DISCUSSION, AND/OR ACTION ITEMS
Joint meeting with Kuna City Council
Superintendent Johnson shared as a follow up to the December meeting conversation about meeting with the City Council about growth that she met with Mayor Stear. A joint school board and city council meeting to discuss growth is being planned for March. Possible dates include March 7 or March 10.
Update on KSD’s COVID operational plan
Superintendent Johnson in her update shared:
- A number of unfilled positions continues in transportation, child nutrition, and maintenance and custodial areas. In addition, January has seen an increase in unfilled substitute requests.
- The new voluntary testing program is helping to rule out COVID and helping students and staff return to school and work faster.
After discussion among staff and trustees clarifying proposed changes to the district's illness decision tree, the Board approved it. Superintendent Johnson said the changes will reduce quarantine times. She agreed the graphic was confusing and the district would work to clarify it.
NEW BUSINESS, DISCUSSION, AND/OR ACTION ITEMS
Reorganization of Board of Trustees
The first regular meeting in January is the Board's Annual Meeting where it sets officers, meeting dates, etc. for the Board. Trustees:
- Elected J.D. Grant to continue as Board Chairperson
- Elected Joy Thomas to continue as Board Vice Chairperson
- Appointed Elimira Feather as District Treasurer
- Appointed Cairlissa Morgan as District Clerk.
- Reviewed and signed the Code of Ethics
School Board Meeting Resolution
Trustees approved the time, date, and place for its regular monthly meeting. The Board will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm to be held at Kuna Jt. School District Office Conference room: 711 E Porter Street. Regular meeting dates for 2022 will be:
- Feb. 8
- March 8
- April 12
- May 10
- June 14
- July 12
- Aug. 9
- Sept. 13
- Oct. 11
- Nov. 8
- Dec. 13
Designation of Public Places for Posting Notices
Trustees approved the following posting locations for meeting notices:
- School District Office
- District Website
- District Facebook
- Additional location if open to the public Kuna Post Office, Kuna City Hall, Kuna Community Library
Next Regular Meeting
February Regular Meeting
Tue, Feb 8, 2022, 06:30 PM
Kuna School District, 711 East Porter Street, Kuna, ID, USA
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I’ve represented Zone 5 since July, 2019 when I was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Board. I was elected to a full term in November, 2019.
I joined the Kuna community in 2003. My wife and I have watched our five children succeed in our schools in a variety of areas, including academics, music, theater, athletics and FFA. KSD has been a great place for our family. We now have grandchildren in Kuna schools.
Before joining the Board, I served on the Kuna Football Booster Club and the district’s facilities planning committee. I’m an attorney and partner in the Johnson & Lundgreen law firm in Meridian. You can reach me at email@example.com