“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” — H.E. Luccock

The next several years will bring much change to our school district. I know that by working together, we will find the best answers to the questions we still have and make the coming changes exciting for our students, staff and parents. I’m very grateful to the many, many students, staff and community members who have been involved in, or are currently involved in, solution teams. I’m writing today to update you on the status of work completed or ahead for the following solution teams.

All of the solution teams are using the interest-based problem solving process to recommend solutions to the Kuna school district board of trustees. The steps of this process are as follows:

Step 1: Establish Ground Rules

Step 2: Define the Problem/List the Issues

Step 3: Determine Interests

Step 4: Develop Options

Step 5: Develop Standards

Step 6: Evaluate Options

Step 7: Select a Solution

LAND ACQUISITION SOLUTION TEAM

This team will continue to meet as needed into the future. Their most immediate task was to find land for the new high school. Thanks to their efforts and the partnership with the Russell and Marie Durrant Family Trust, the new high school will be located on land at the northeast corner of Linder and Columbia roads. We will soon have signs marking the area as the future location for our next high school

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PROGRAM DESIGN SOLUTION TEAM

Meeting last spring through early fall, this team made three recommendations to the school board at the Oct. 10 school board meeting.

SIXTH-GRADE TRANSITION SOLUTION TEAM

This team meets again on Aug. 23 to share their recommendations with administrators in order to finalize the plan.

REZONING SOLUTION TEAM

The primary work of this team is to review and adjust the elementary attendance zones and create middle school attendance zones. They will present their recommendation to the Kuna school district board of trustees in January. The first rezoning meeting was last Thursday. The team has identified their collective interests and the next steps are to create some options.

STAFFING SOLUTION TEAM

Their first meeting was last night and they were able to clarify their purpose and share interests. The team will not be deciding where staff members will be placed next year. Rather, the purpose of this team is to create a process that answers this question: How will we equitably staff all of our schools next year?

A main theme throughout all of the feedback we have received so far is that our community wants the solutions we employ to be focused on equity. In other words, the quality of education should not be dependent upon where a student lives within the district. Hearing this message from our community warms my heart because public educators are about all students. I’ve always said that I want to make it hard for parents to choose where they would want to enroll their children because all of our schools are equally amazing. While we have some investing to do in order to achieve equity in our schools, I know we will continue to work together to achieve a high quality education for all students within the Kuna school district. Thank you to everyone who has partnered with me and with the Kuna school district board of trustees to do this worthy work.