KSD Board Report
Message from Trustee Grant
Trustees share growth concerns with city
Thursday, the Kuna Board of Trustees met with the Kuna City Council and Mayor in a special meeting. (You are welcome to watch the video of the meeting below.)
Trustees asked questions and shared concerns about residential growth and development and other areas for collaboration. My feedback included:
Our community needs more developments with larger homes and bigger lots to help keep our families here in Kuna.
The school district is sharing information with the City on the impact of development on education services, but projects are still moving forward.
Some developers are paying for water, sewer infrastructure for growth but fire protection is also needed.
I also asked to restore City/School District partnerships, including:
Previous mayors helped pay for School Resource Officers since they also work for the city.
Previous mayors helped pay for our facility manager who spends the majority of time working with community members outside of the district.
The City was engaged in and committed to financial support of the community’s preschool collaborative.
I didn’t hear support from Mayor Stear to return to sharing these costs. We did agree to continue to meet to discuss and I will continue to advocate for sharing costs.
Your feedback is important
I appreciate all who provided feedback last month. The Board reviewed it and we shared it with the Mayor and Council. I encourage you to continue to reach out to city leaders. Here’s their contact information:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
COMMUNICATIONS & CELEBRATIONS
Kuna High School wrestling coach Pat Owens thanked trustees for their support. The team placed 4th in the 5A state tournament Feb.25-26. Students who placed in the tournament are as follows:
- 1st - Cael Palmer and Carter Torres
- 2nd - Cole Currin and Zanny White
- 3rd - Zoe Fries and Kody Rich (Zoe was part of the first girls' wrestling state tournament.)
- 5th - Hunter Lowe
- 6th - Noyd Monroe
Kuna Way Award
Superintendent Wendy Johnson highlighted one of this month's Kuna Way Award recipients Swan Falls High School Lead Building Administrator Robbie Reno. Robbie was nominated by health occupations' teacher Jessica Anno. Jessica shared: "Mr. Reno is always looking for ways to help teachers out and make us feel appreciated and supported. I wanted to share these photos of him working as a "patient" for our EMT students last week during finals.
We were just wrapping up our spine board evaluations and he came in, unexpected, and dropped down on the mat and screamed: "Awww, I broke my leg, put me on the spine board!"
After we calmed down our new patient, the students went right to work assessing, spine boarding, and transporting Mr. Reno back to his office on the wheeled cot. They thought it was so fun to work on the Principal and it was a great out of the box experience for them."
(You are welcome to submit Kuna Way nominations using this link.)
Robert's Rules of Order
Vice Chair Thomas shared and reviewed a handout (attached below) on Robert's Rules of Order and motions trustees use in their work. (What are Robert's Rules of Order? These are the rules many governing boards voluntarily use to conduct their business and make decisions.)
Electronic transcript update
Previously, Trustee Russ Johnson asked the administration if the process to request a high school transcript could be improved noting that some college only accept electronic records. High School Coordinator Brian Graves reported that the district's high schools will be using a new program called Parchment to provide alumni access to their transcripts for a small fee. This service should be available later this spring. This will not change what we provide current students and graduates.
Community Outreach - City Council Meeting
Superintendent Johnson and Communication Director Allison Westfall reviewed feedback trustees solicited from the community on growth in advance of the March 10 meeting with the City Council. About 150 individuals submitted comments on growth which were sorted into themes: concerns about class sizes, desire for a growth plan, concerns about high school size, a desire to require developers to support schools, safety concerns, and a desire to slow down growth. Trustees asked that the comments be shared with the City Council.
Trustees reviewed the agenda for March 10 meeting and discussed including school resource officer costs as a topic.
Trustees reviewed statistics on their February newsletter and efforts to increase the reach of the newsletter.
Trustees approved the Consent Agenda which included:
- February 8, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes
- Accounts Payable
- Personnel Report
- School Financials
- Budget Status Report
- Trip Requests
- Public Records Request - Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, Inc.
- Project Tracker
- Community Development Tracker
- Early Graduation Requests
- Policy Updates
(Note: Starting this month, Public Records Requests to the district will be included in its Consent Agenda to keep the Board informed.)
COVID operational plan changes
Superintendent Johnson said the levels of COVID positive cases have receded in our schools and community and the administration was proposing updates to the COVID plan. She reviewed survey data that showed strong support from staff, parents, and students about proposed changes to the district's COVID plan.
The Board approved the following changes to take effective March 28 after students and staff return from Spring Break:
- Make masks optional and encourage, but not require, their use when we have high outbreaks of illness.
- Eliminate COVID decision tree and use Student Handbook on illness. --stay home when ill and/or test to stay with symptoms.
- If person has tested positive for COVID-19, they will follow current CDC protocols.
- Continue to help families and staff with COVID testing as long as we have funds available to do so.
- Stop using our data dashboard and provide our community and staff with a link to the State of Idaho’s data dashboard.
Trustees approved a resolution prepared by Trustee Thomas requesting Congress fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). When the IDEA was passed in 1975, Congress was to fund 40 percent. It's contribution however has been about 15%. Trustee Thomas said she would prepare a letter to Idaho's congressmen.
Food "truck" for Culinary Arts Program
Trustees approved the purchase of a trailer for the district's culinary arts program using funds from donations, fund raising, and those earmarked for career technical education program use. The trailer will allow students to prepare and sell food at community and school events. The hope is the trailer will be ready for students in time for next fall.
Calendar Committee members: Mary Holmes of Reed Elementary, Christy Mauk of Kuna High School, and Jason Reddy of Initial Point High School reviewed the process to develop the calendar recommendations and the survey results from parents and staff.
Trustees shared they heard concerns about Option B which would start the school year earlier and conflict with the Western Idaho Fair, concerns about about Spring Break in both options and possible conflicts with neighboring districts, and some feedback about Christmas break.
Trustees approved Option A with the ability to change spring break if needed in April.
Superintendent Johnsons and trustees thanked Cairlissa Morgan for her years of service as the Clerk of the Board and appointed Deann Greany as District Clerk.
GOOD OF THE ORDER
Meeting between KSD Board of Trustees and City Council on March 10 at 6:00 at Swan Falls High School upstairs common area
Financial advisors will present at the April 12 regular board meeting to update the board on continued planning for growth
Trustee Thomas thanked members of the Get Ready to Learn Kuna early childhood learning collaborative for engaging state lawmakers recently. Superintendent Johnson recognized Kristy Hardy who was part of the effort and was attending the board meeting.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING
April Regular Board Meeting
Tue, Apr 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