The ongoing quarterly joint meeting between the Kuna School District Board of Trustees and the Kuna City Council was held Tuesday, July 15 at the Kuna City Hall. The meetings, begun last year help both entities see where they can share resources, update each other on issues that may impact one another and develop a feeling of cooperation, especially in what has been named as the Kuna Year of the Kid.
On the agenda were updates from the city on economic development that could effect taxation revenue for the school district, discussions of group purchasing of gas and diesel for cost savings, energy savings in the form of developing a street-light standards that include new LED technology and current housing growth information from planning and zoning.
Devan DeLashmutt, Assistant Superintendent, discussed staffing changes that have happened at local schools and new programs including the Air Force ROTC program scheduled to start at the high school this fall. The program, the first of its kind in Idaho, will bring $30,000 worth of equipment in to the school and be funded by the Air Force. Also discussed was that this year, open enrollment was going to begin to be curtailed for certain elementary schools to protect and preserve room for the neighborhoods they were built for.
Following this meeting, the Kuna City Council entered its regular biweekly meeting at 7 p.m.
A citizen’s request for funds to assist the Kuna Youth Softball and Baseball Association (Little League) in sending the state championship 9U boys baseball team to regionals in Helena, Montana. The team, the first boys team from Kuna ever to win state, needed extra funds to represent Kuna at the northwest regional tournament. The council split in approving $3,000 with Councilmen Cardoza and Stear voting for and Jones and Buban-Vonder Haar against. Mayor Nelson broke the tie with a vote in favor of funding the team.
City Council also approved a resolution regarding pay grade and promotion schedules for the public works department and two ordinances annexing Crimson Villas and Crimson Villas 2 parcels into the Kuna Municipal Irrigation District.