The Kuna School District announced they would conduct a security “review” of our schools for safety and security issues with our deputies (“Keeping Kids Safe at School,” Kuna Melba News, Dec. 19).
This begs the question: Hasn’t the Kuna School District been addressing safety and security risks all along? Why did it take a shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut to cause the need for such a security review to take place?
The larger issue is the reactive behavior of the Kuna School District. For example, as far as I know, the KSD has not yet told us when or if they plan to purchase new textbooks with the levy funds.
Despite getting $6.38 million in new taxpayer dollars, no parent knows when their child will receive a new textbook. As someone who has paid nearly $400 to the school levy and as someone who has family in the Kuna schools, I still don’t know.
KSD superintendent Jay Hummel said he understood why some parents decided not to send their children to school immediately after the shooting in Newtown. Ironically, the KSD came out against Proposition 3, the proposition that would have given high school students laptops. If high school kids had laptops, they could download new eTextbooks from home. This would allow them to make productive use of their time away from school if their parents didn’t want them to attend due to some tragedy like Sandy Hook.
However, the Kuna School District does not think pro-actively, thus, not providing students (or their tax-paying parents) such opportunities.