I was sitting on the office floor surrounded by piles of papers when Mike Larson, owner of Big Mic’s, came into the office.
He smiled. “You folding papers for a paper route now?”
Good joke, but I told him I was reviewing the news that happened this year. I skimmed every edition from early January to late December checking on what happened, and, for 2018, what hasn’t happened but is supposed to.
I have some unfinished business with 2017.
Comprehensive plan to be completed: Kuna’s comprehensive plan, a document used to guide growth and development for the city, is expected to be completed around September. Last September residents were asked to give feedback on the changing document. This was known as phase one.
Residents will have several more opportunities to give input. A public workshop is supposed to be held around early spring, according to Envision Kuna, a city website with details about the developing comprehensive plan. The workshop will “identify broad vision and specific goals Kuna wants to achieve,” and “potential strategies and projects the community and its partners could work on to support those goals.”
Residents can also give input on the final draft of the comprehensive plan, which is known as phase three. The draft will be presented to Kuna City Council. The council will ultimately approve or deny the draft.
City of Kuna hires new economic development coordinator: To help coordinate Kuna’s development, particularly commercial, the city created and filled a position for an economic development coordinator. The city hired Robin Collins, who was the assistant economic development director for the City of Nampa. Collins was hired in late November and began working in Kuna on Dec. 11. Her salary is just under $80,000. Collins is expected to help bring new businesses and industry to Kuna, according to city officials.
Kuna school district to have new staffing, boundaries: Coming fall 2018, Teed Elementary School will become Teed Middle School. To do this, the school will undergo construction to make it larger and more functional for middle school-age students.
Starting in the fall, sixth-grade students will attend the two Kuna middle schools.
With a new middle school, Kuna teachers and staff may have some job changes, and Teed Elementary School students will move into other elementary schools. The middle school needs to be staffed, and some teachers may move to different elementary schools. Staffing changes are planned to be announced prior to the 2018-19 academic year.
Residents were asked to give input on new elementary and middle schools boundaries. Through community feedback, the district is expected to present community preferences and boundary change recommendations to the board of trustees Jan. 9.
STEM charter to open: The Idaho Public Charter School Commission approved a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) charter school to open in Kuna fall 2018. The school, called Project Impact STEM Academy, or PiSA, plans to have kindergarten through seventh-grade and ninth-grade students. The school is currently holding its lottery, is in the process of hiring staff, and has selected a location for its school. The charter school’s next step is to meet with the Kuna school district in January to see if it will accept the charter school into the district. If not accepted, PiSA will be its own entity. PiSA will also have to go before the Kuna City Council in January for approval of its location development plans.
IN OTHER NEWS
Kuna post office to move to new location: The U.S. Postal Service plans to move the Kuna Post Office to a new, larger location in Kuna sometime in 2018. Residents gave feedback and suggestions around October on possible new locations for the post office. The next step in the process is to narrow down the suggested sites down to three to five preferences. Then architects and developers will create estimates on how much it will cost to relocate the post office to each site. Factors under consideration include lease cost, construction cost and site readiness, and fair market value.
I look forward to continue covering these stories, as well as whatever else may come up in 2018. Happy New Year everyone!