#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

1.15.2021

In this update:


  • Board will ask voters to renew our Levy for Learning for same amount; no increase in school tax rate
  • Updated secondary calendar: no 2 hour early release next week for grades 6-12; When could students return to full time?
  • Above & beyond: KHS Josh Rippy
  • Food pantry available to our families
  • Thanking our school board members
  • No school Monday, Jan. 18
  • COVID data dashboards
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Board will ask voters to renew our Levy for Learning for same amount; no increase in school tax rate

On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees decided to ask our patrons to renew our Levy for Learning for the next two years.


The amount of the levy - $2.5 million a year for two years -- remains the same and the district's tax rate would not increase, and may even drop as it has in recent years as our community has grown (See chart).


Our Levy for Learning helps fill the gap in state funds which do not cover the full cost of educating our students and address needs prioritized by our community.


We shared the results of our recent needs assessment with the Board on Tuesday. Thanks to all who participated. You can review those here.


The assessment shows that past priorities are still very important and include:


  • Reducing class sizes
  • Free full time kindergarten
  • Classroom supports - textbooks & technology; and
  • Safety


Conversations and the assessment showed there are more needs than funding available from the levy, and the same dollars don't go as far in paying for additional teachers.


The Board reviewed options to ask for more to cover those needs and they also discussed concerns about rising home values and the impact of increase taxes on our families.


The Board and I discussed how to address some of those needs without asking our local property owners to pay more. Last week, we learned that the district will receive some additional federal funds from the second stimulus package. We're learning how those new one-time funds can help us meet our needs.


Next steps


We'll be reaching out to those who volunteered in the assessment and we'll be sharing more information about what's on your ballot, what it means to you, and your voting options during this pandemic.

Kuna School District Levy Election

Tuesday, March 9th, 8am-8pm

Kuna School District

Updated secondary calendar: no 2-hour early release next week; When could students return to full time?

Postsed above is a PDF of the updated secondary calendar for families to download. No changes to the elementary school schedule. All updated calendars also are available on our website.


Originally, we'd planned for secondary to have some early release days next week for the end of the semester. These are no longer on the calendar as we've adjusted schedules to our blue/gold hybrid.


Elementary will have its normal early release Friday next week and Initial Point is an E-day.


When will secondary be able to return to full time?


We appreciate Gov. Brad Little moving vaccines for teachers and school staff up on the state's roll out plan.


Earlier-than-expected access to vaccine means we can begin to explore and discuss whether we can shift secondary students back to full time in person learning.


You'll see on the updated secondary calendar a blue/gold schedule for the entire third quarter which ends April 2. We'll update you when a decision is made.


Planning for graduation


We've also set dates for graduation for our two high schools. Kuna High School would be at the Idaho Center. Note the change in time from the past. Initial Point is planned for KPAC.


One thing we've learned in this time of COVID is not to plan too far ahead so we appreciate your patience waiting for details about how these events will look.

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Above & Beyond Josh Rippy
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Thanking our school board members

January is school board appreciation month! Many don't know that these hard working folks serve in unpaid, volunteer positions. They give up time away from their families to run for the office and then to govern our district, advocate for our needs with the legislature and community, and invest in training. We appreciate their service to our students and staff.
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Staff & Teacher COVID Data Dashboard

Information about staff and teacher absences in our school related to COVID

Student COVID Data Dashboard

Information about student absences in our school related to COVID.

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