The Kuna Joint School District has approved school boundary changes for the 2018-19 year.

The district sought community feedback on several possible school boundary change options for elementary and middle schools. School boundaries had to be adjusted due to current and future growth, creating a second middle school and moving sixth-grade students into middle schools.

After gathering public input, a committee, formed to create and propose recommended school boundary changes, made recommendations to the board of trustees Tuesday, Jan. 9. The board approved those recommendations at the meeting.

The board approved elementary schools boundaries option two because, according to the committee, it was the preferred community choice, would be relevant to the district for about 10-15 years and it addressed current issues of transportation and school choice. The board approved the choice 3-1.

Trustee JD Grant voted against the recommendation after voicing concerns about possible community growth halting.

The board also approved, unanimously, middle schools boundaries option one. Based on survey results it too was the preferred choice for the community. It was also convenient, with the boundaries being “split” along Linder Road. The new boundaries would be relevant for more than five years.

One disadvantage or advantage, depending on point of view, is that some fifth-grade students would be split among the two middle schools — Kuna Middle School and Teed Middle School.

Public comment was gathered through a public meeting and a survey. About 844 people responded to the survey, according to committee members.

Trustee Joy Garrison voiced her approval of the two options approved saying if she had taken the survey she would have voted for those two options. Garrison said that she abstained from voting on the survey due to her board role being a conflict of interest.

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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