Thank you again J&M workers, volunteers, and the Gordon Family for another “Clean Up Kuna” event. This yearly, free service you offer our community is above and beyond! The time, planning, coordinating, and hard work you put forth is very much appreciated. I really do hope others voiced their appreciation that day. Thank you again!
— Michele and Robert Gumm
I am adding my voice to our current school funding crisis. I am unbelievably disappointed that the people of Kuna decided that education was not worth funding. Little do they realize that those kids are THEIR future. Without the proper education, we will not have enough people to take on future issues so that WE can successfully retire when ready. They will just not have the right tools.
I am also writing as a band parent. My son is currently a Junior and I also have a son who is in 8th grade. They are both music kids. They do not do sports or speech or FFA, they are music. If music had not been available for my Junior, I fully believe he would have given up on school. My 8th grader is heartbroken because he is afraid he will not even get the chance to play with a band who is currently number 1 in Idaho. The band program was the outlet for my junior and he was welcomed with open arms. This has been his refuge in school and I know he is not alone. This group of kids have really become something extraordinary. Because of music and band in particular, they have become leaders and counselors. They have organizational skills as well as compassion. Music contributes to their understanding of many subjects, especially math. All of this has been well documented. During the height of the marching band season, they had the highest GPA in the entire school.
The Kuna Gold Band is turning heads and more importantly, it is offering kids scholarships to go on to college, where perhaps they would have been unable to go.
Consider that if the band program is eliminated, you now have to find another space for 100+ students, which makes the class sizes much larger. You will also have more students who will not finish high school, much less be able or want to go on to college.
We must also consider the band fee program. ALL bands in the valley do this, it is unavoidable. To pay for uniforms, music, trips, competitions, and instruments, the funding has to come from somewhere. Band fees make this possible. In light of our current situation, I believe it is even more important. If we give parents a chance to pay them over time, I think most would be on board. All kids can be in band even if they cannot pay. We make this possible through scholarships. The fee system is going to be critical coming into the next school year.
I do agree that we need to carefully scrutinize where the funding is going and make sure as parents we have full access to information from our school board. There should not be any secrets about the direction they are going and we should not be afraid of any sort of retribution when we do ask.
Most importantly, we need to as a community, stay involved and informed. All school programs are important to at least 1 student and 1 family and we should NEVER forget that those kids should ALWAYS be the highest priority to us. They are the future and I would think we would want them to be successful in whatever they choose to do, so let’s do our part and support them.
— Diane Kulin, Parent,
Community Member, Band Booster
What defines a community?
What makes us want to be part of one?
Is it the mere physical address of our homes?
Is it the values, the interests, and a world view we have in common?
The country’s economic crisis has affected us all equally. Kuna was no stranger to it, yet we were the only district in the valley that did not vote to extend its current school levy in spite of the decreased state funding to our schools; and the alarming figures that tell us that among 115 school districts in Idaho, Kuna is located at 112. Even worse when we compare financial investment for Idaho to the rest of the Nation, our state ranks #49.
Our taxes support several important community services that benefit us all. This includes the library system, the fire department, the cemetery, and College of Western Idaho, among many others. Two years ago we voted to support the struggling Kuna school district.
I would like to believe that in the same way we continue to support the aforementioned services – we would continue to do so with the future of our children’s education.
Education is one of the most powerful tools to refine the human spirit, and makes us all better citizens. It truly is an investment in the quality of life of our community.
I would like to think that what is special about Kuna is the values and the common vision of this community; and that together we can create not only a place to live – but a way of living together based on those values.
Let us invest in our children, so they continue to have access to those activities and program that enhance their lives in ways we cannot measure through quality and superior education.
To me that’s an investment worth paying for.
— Claudia Galaviz