Superintendents discuss Kuna bond issue and district tournament accounting

KUNA — School administrators discussed streamlining accounting procedures and an upcoming Kuna bond issue during the Southern Idaho Conference Superintendents’ meeting Tuesday in Kuna. 

Attending were representatives from Bishop Kelly High School, and the school districts of Boise, West Ada, Caldwell, Emmett, Kuna, Middleton, Mountain Home, Nampa, and Vallivue.

Kuna's Wendy Johnson
Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

Kuna superintendent Wendy Johnson reviewed the district’s $111 million bond issue on the March 14 ballot, described as Phase One of a 10-year plan to ease overcrowding, add learning space and address maintenance issues. Phases Two and Three will each request an additional $111 million.

Student enrollment in Kuna is projected to increase by 67 percent during the 10-year period, according to Johnson. If voters approve all three phases, the district plans to add six elementary, two middle, and either one or two high schools.

Kuna is growing at an annual rate of 3.4 percent, according to the most recent census.

To learn more about the bond proposal, go here.

In other business, members considered a proposal to streamline accounting procedures used at their district sports tournaments. The change would affect how athletic funds are distributed to schools in the conference.

Under the current system, excess funds are distributed to individual schools after a district tournament’s profits or losses are determined. It’s cumbersome because it requires constant bookkeeping time.

The suggested change would place all funds into a Southern Idaho Conference account that would be reconciled and distributed to member schools one time at the end of the year.

  • Members also briefly discussed the concept of whether sporting events should generate revenue for schools or breakeven. The debate was framed as a philosophical difference between superintendents and principals. They didn’t reach a consensus.
  • They agreed to a pay rate increase for workers at their 4A – 5A district tournaments. Ticket prices for sporting events will not change.
Darren Svan

Darren Svan

Reporter Darren Svan has a background in both journalism and education. Prior to working for military schools at overseas installations, he was news editor at several publications in Wyoming and Colorado. You can send news tips to [email protected].

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