By Mark Barnes
On Tuesday, March 12, the Kuna School District Board and the Kuna City Council sat down together for the second time in recent months to discuss matters that may affect both the schools and the city. More importantly, according to the School District No. 3 Board of Trustees agenda they met specifically to discuss “Collaborating on building and grounds maintenance and partnering with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.”
After extolling the virtues and good graces about the beginning of this new openness between the two governing bodies the members got down to discussing exactly how they could begin working together and sharing resources.
This could include using equipment purchased by the school district or the city for parks and field maintenance when needed. Cooperation for park and school open space development and co-usage of sports fields owned by the city or the school district were discussed.
Both Mayor Greg Nelson and Superintendant Jay Hummel agreed to discuss the next steps, how to go about exploring options for sharing resources
and areas of overlap.
The ultimate goal of these discussions is to open a more direct route of communication between the city and the school district. What impacts one will impact the other. With economic and residential growth there will be additional students that the school district will need to plan for. And, with renewed optimism from the mayor’s office about growth and development of Kuna, these issues will need to be considered by all in upcoming years.
Superintendant Hummel said that this is not very common for a school board and city council to sit down like this but he felt very positive that it is happening.
It was agreed by all attendees of the meeting to continue to hold joint meetings on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will be held at the Kuna City Hall on June 18 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.