KES Update

April 23, 2021

Happy Friday! The sun is shining today! I am happy to report that we have welcomed over 30 of our virtual students back to the in-person setting. Each classroom celebrated their first day of school and the students have made a seamless transition to KES! State testing has started, and thanks to our dedicated staff and hard-working Hornets, it is going well. I am proud of the students who have been meeting their Lexia and Dreambox goals. I am impressed each day as I visit classrooms, both virtual and in-person, by the high levels of engagement that take place as teachers teach and students actively participate in learning!

Kirtland Schools, Issue 1

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.

  • Renovate our stadium to be better utilized by the school and community. Improvements include installing turf, better lighting, resurfacing the track and providing handicap accessibility in the bleachers. The field will be widened to a regulation width so soccer can use it. It will be used for baseball, softball, lacrosse and for elementary recess if the grass is muddy. The marching band can also use it regularly and not worry about wearing out spots on the field.

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 and Reminders

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

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

PTA News...

The PTA Auction is this weekend! It runs 4/23 @12pm until 4/25 @7pm. Be sure to check it out! More information can be found in the flyer shared below.