Both Pro-Levy and Anti-Levy groups are organizing in advance of the May 20 supplemental levy election that the Kuna School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 on March 21 to hold. The new election is in response to the failed levy election on March 11, that lost by just 93 votes in what was one of the poorest citizen turnouts for an election in recent memory.
Allegations of ethics violations, bad behavior and misinformation have surfaced, most without merit.
Groups such as Kuna for Education, a Facebook group with 57 likes, and Parents for Advancing Education (36 likes) have been set up to organize opposition to the levy and provide information. They had previously posted notices on their Facebook page to contact them with private emails to get directions to a meeting to discus efforts to oppose the upcoming levy election.
Other Facebook pages and groups such as Friends of Kuna School District (476 likes), are organizing efforts to get out the vote in favor of the supplemental levy. They have organized a series of informational open-house format meetings about the supplemental levy at various schools around the district so people can see what individual schools using technology and highlighting how dollars are spent. They are from 6-7 p.m. at the following locations: Kuna High School and Initial Point High School – April 10; Indian Creek and Ross Elementary – April 17th, Kuna Middle School – April 24th; Hubbard/Teed Elementary – May 1; Reed Elementary – May 6th; Crimson Point Elementary – May 8th; Silver Trail Elementary – May 15th.
Both pro and anti-levy groups post links to information and statistics on their pages.
Additionally, the Kuna Chamber of Commerce and the Kuna Grange are hosting debates for the levy where pro and anti-levy speakers will answer questions. The Chamber of Commerce meeting is April 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Kuna City Hall and the Kuna Grange meeting will be held at the Grange Hall on Linder on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Friends of Kuna School District have produced a brochure and are actively handing it out at area events.
Kuna Melba News will continue to cover the campaigns of both sides of the issue in the coming weeks. Continue to visit www.KunaMelba.com for more information and verified links to statistical information about school funding.