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Emmett summer school programs underway; sessions serve students in grades K-12
July 1, 2021- Press Release
It may be summer break for many, but several Emmett School District educators are working and students are learning. Programs started in June and will end in late July or August with a break this week.
The District has a secondary program at Black Canyon School for middle and high school students who either want to get ahead in classes or who need to make up some credits.
This summer program is held annually and federally funded.
Stu Peterson, who typically teaches Spanish and coaches girls basketball during the regular school year, serves as the summer principal.
He said enrollment, which normally hovers at about 70 each summer, has about 100 this summer and is linked to the shift from trimester to semester scheduling, Peterson said. “Our students are having great success recovering credits this summer. We have a handful of students who have stayed and put in the extra effort to recover multiple credits.”
K-3 Acceleration Program
The K-3 Summer Acceleration Program is federally funded, and is serving just under 100 students. These students were recommended by their teachers to help them to continue to grow and make gains in their learning, Principal Jodie Farnsworth said.
The focus is geared toward STEM and literacy skills in a highly interactive environment for the students. Students get to participate in engaging and fun lessons each day, according to Farnsworth, who serves as instructional coach during the regular school year.
In addition to daily engaging learning activities, students receive free breakfast and lunch.
It’s been a rewarding experience for Farnsworth. The feedback has been positive. She shared one email that she received from a parent.
Cooking Camp at the Middle School
Cooking Camp at the Emmett Middle School is hosted by 21st Century Coordinator Shannon Anderson and Kelley Lankford. The first annual Cooking Camp was held for five days with 30 students split in morning and afternoon sessions.
The Cooking Camp is sponsored by the Emmett Middle School After School Program, which is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center five-year grant and managed by Anderson. Similar programs are held after school during the regular school year. Contact the Middle School for more information. For more information about the grant, read the press release.
The 21st Century will continue cooking and other life skills activities on a weekly basis as part of the EMS after school program, Anderson said.
This grant, which will be funded for four more years, is aimed at reducing achievement gaps by supporting students academically, socially and emotionally, Anderson added.
Jumpstart Kindergarten Camp
The Emmett School District and 21st Century Community Learning Center grants also offered an opportunity for a “Jumpstart Kindergarten Camp" during June. The camp was free of charge and offered to families with children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2021.
A second week of the camp will be held during the week of August 9-13 at Carberry Elementary School. Please contact the director, Shannon Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The camp is taught by members of the Kindergarten READY teams from Carberry Elementary and Shadow Butte Elementary schools. Enjoyable academic activities and enrichment activities are included on a daily basis, including arts and crafts, friendshipping, alphabet awareness, simple beginning math facts, freeplay, manners, music, and physical activity. There will also be a parent-child together activity offered during the week.
Migrant summer programs
Elsa Johnson, coordinator for the Migrant Education Program and Family Liaison, said the summer program operates in three layers for students who meet strict criteria, based on federal guidelines. The goal is to reduce the impact of academic disruptions and receive the same opportunities to meet academic standards. The three layers are:
- Outreach to qualified families to provide educational resources for families and students aged 0-21. Serve secondary students, who need to make up credits via the Idaho Connects School; an online program that meets Idaho State Department of Education standards. Students, who also may be working in agriculture or other related fields, can complete their classwork 24/7.
- Provide elementary students lessons and books to supplement classroom instruction before school resumes in the fall.
ESSER Funding - We want your suggestions
Updated June 30, 2021
Thank you to those who came to these two meetings. They were recorded on You Tube:
Superintendent Craig Woods is scheduled to review community discussions with the Board of Trustees during the regular monthly meeting, set for 6 pm Monday, July 12.
June 16, 2021
As you know, the Emmett School District has received federal funds to mitigate costs related to COVID. We’ve tried our best to use the funds appropriately and gained approval at the state level before spending any of those monies.
ESSER III funds for the Emmett School District amount to just over $4.5 million and can be spent over a three-year period. Like the other ESSER federal funds, it must be spent on COVID-related expenditures. A portion must be spent on learning loss programming. There are 18 buckets or categories where the money can be spent, but again, must be COVID related. We consider this one-time money and won’t consider it for ongoing annual expenses.
We will have two meetings on June 29th - 10 am and 6 pm - at Butte View Complex so we can gather community opinions that will help us determine spending priorities and you are invited.
If you are not able to attend one of the meetings, you are welcome to email your suggestions to email@example.com. These meetings will not be livestreamed and we won’t be taking comments from Facebook. You can review the draft here. https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=36030867&AID=19546&MID=704
A few folks have already asked if we can use the funds to complete some of the projects outlined in the May bond. Sadly, we can’t, unless we can justify the project as a way to mitigate future COVID outbreaks. We did find two ways to cover capital projects with earlier ESSER funds:
- By moving the District Office out of the Butte View Complex next week, we free up 5 classrooms and provide ample space to separate students into smaller groups if another virus outbreak occurs. It also restores the school library that is currently used for district personnel and provides a much larger space for students to visit the library. The District Office will move next week to the office building at 119 N. Wardwell Ave. That was purchased for $490,000 or $89 a square foot. The new office space also provides individual space for employees sharing space as they do now.
- Use $400,000 to cover some of the Ola School remodel expenses. The remodel remediates the building, removing dry rot and improving the ventilation system. Students should be able to return to the remodeled school this fall.
We could consider these two projects.
- One possible project - although very expensive and greatly reduces flexibility for the ESSER III funds - is to replace the HVAC system at the Middle School. The new system would improve the ventilation system for students.
- Bacterial resistant doors for an estimated cost is $120,000 and would cover doors in the following buildings: EHS, EMS, Butte View Elementary,and Sweet.
The categories include:
- Federal Title Requirements:
- IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- Adult Family Literacy
- Carl Perkins (Technical Education)
- Coordinate Partnerships
- ELL MV At Risk (English Language Learning and McKinney-Vento)
- Response Local Education Agencies
- Sanitation Training
- Purchasing Sanitation Supplies
- Planning for Long-term Closures
- Technology Purchasing
- Mental Health Services - Community School
- Planning & Implementing Summer Learning and Supplemental After School Programs
- Learning Loss: Students at Risk
- Repairs (Maintenance) ESSER Use of Funds FAQ
- Air Quality Management
- Other Activities
Emmett’s Suzi Morgan named Idaho School Nurse of the Year
Press Release - May 26, 2021
Emmett School District’s nurse Suzi Morgan has been named School Nurse of the Year for Idaho and will be honored next summer at a national conference in Atlanta.
Morgan primarily treats students at Emmett’s Carberry Elementary, but also serves at Emmett and Black Canyon high schools.
Morgan, nominated by peers, has been a school nurse in Emmett since 2008. Nominees were reviewed by the School Nurse Organization of Idaho and then the winner was selected by a committee.
“I didn't know I was nominated so it was a big surprise,” Morgan said. “I am humbled, believe me. It's been a tough year for all school nurses. There's no way I could do my job if I didn't have great office staff to work with and the amazing support from Carberry’s Principal Greg Alexander. School nursing is the best job I could ever hope to have and I absolutely love the challenges and successes as I help students deal with health maintenance and chronic health issues. Healthy students are ready to learn and I do what I can to make that happen.”
Principal Alexander is very proud of Morgan.
“Suzi is an amazing colleague, school nurse and member of our community. She spends most of her time at Carberry but also serves Emmett High School and Black Canyon Jr-Sr High as needed,” Alexander said. “I knew of Suzi before I came to Emmett because of her reputation of getting so many students immunization records up to date. She knows the value of a healthy school and keeping track of her reports is something that is acknowledged at the state level. Before Carberry was a Community School, Suzi was the person whom teachers and staff went to get basic needs met for students.”
But more than that, Morgan has built a reputation as the person to go to when there is a need.
“Whether a bloody knee or a sad heart, Suzi can be counted on to listen and support the person, whether student or staff. If something is going on, Suzi knows about it or is planning it,” Alexander said. “I think she created the term ‘FOMO, Fear of Missing Out.”
Morgan has a long list of accomplishments. She started as a LPN in 1982 and became an RN in 1992. She became a school nurse in 1994. Before nursing, she was a teacher and has a Master’s in Vocational Education.
She just completed a term, serving on the national board as the Idaho Director for National Association of School Nurses. As a Director, she helped write position papers on chronic absenteeism and service animals in schools, among others.
- Serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for NASN School Nurse magazine reviewing article submissions for publication.
- Is the Secretary for SNOI and has served as President for SNOI as well.
- In Emmett Schools, she is the CPR instructor for the district, serves on the Insurance and Wellness Committees, Leadership team for Carberry and Building Rep for GCEA.
- Is a Certified Family Home provider.
- Teaches driver’s education.
Emmett’s bus driver trainer wins state student transportation award
June 24, 2021 - Press Release
The Emmett School District Transportation Department works hard to make sure your children -- our students -- are safe day in and day out.
Bus Driver and Trainer Rachel Crawford started driving a school bus in 1998 when she realized she could quit her night-shift job and work the same schedule as her babies when they went to school.
She drove for a short time in the Meridian School District before moving to Utah, where she also drove, eventually moving to Emmett in 2009 to continue her transportation career.
Even though two of her three children have graduated from Emmett High School, Crawford calls all of the students who ride “my bus babies.”
That’s the kind of commitment the Emmett School District sees in its employees.
Crawford also trains the bus drivers. Crawford keeps up with the proper training so she can teach new drivers.
One of her co-workers suggested that she take on the training role. And later, Crawford urged fellow driver Laura Nitzel to also train drivers. Between the two of them, they train up to six a year.
Crawford’s hard work has paid off. She recently won the Driver Trainer of the Year award at a Student Transportation state meeting.
“We’ve been having a hard time getting new drivers,” Crawford said.
In her nomination, Student Transportation Supervisor Shauna Davis said: "Rachel has a very warm and welcome smile for everyone she meets. All drivers who train under her direction have nothing but complementary comments, saying she is very positive and easy to work with.”
To Crawford’s credit, all the drivers she has taught have passed their tests with “flying colors.”
Even better, Davis said, Crawford is always open to suggestions for improvement and is willing to come in nights and weekends to help new drivers get through the necessary training.
Davis, Crawford and Nitzel recently attended the three-day Idaho Association of Pupil Transportation and State Department of Education Summer Training Conference.
“The award doesn’t surprise me,” Superintendent Craig Woods said. “Shauna Davis does a superb job making sure student transportation operates smoothly and safely. We are proud of what she and the others do, and it’s especially nice to see, Rachel Crawford, has been recognized for her hard work.”
Want to be a bus driver?
District Offices closed this week to move to new location. Offices will be open Monday, June 28.
The Emmett School District staff, including Superintendent Woods and Clerk of the Board Angela Mattingly and nine others, will move to its new location, 119 N. Wardwell Avenue, Emmett.
The office at both locations will be closed Tuesday, June 22, through Friday, June 25, of this week.
If you have any questions that need immediate attention, please call the office at 208-365-6301 and leave a message or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The move provides classrooms for the second grade classes, expanding Butte View Elementary to serve kindergarten through second grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
It will also open up the space, currently occupied by five people including the superintendent, so the former library can be restored for the elementary students in the coming school year. Currently, the library is in the school’s attendance and nurse’s office area.
Board of Trustee meetings and special meetings will continue to occur at Butte View Elementary.
The Special Education office will remain at the Butte View Complex.
The new office building at 119 N. Wardwell Ave., is the former medical clinic owned by Dr. Barry Smith. The district purchased the office building for $490,000 or $89 a square foot and paid for it with unanticipated federal funds to provide additional classroom space for Butte View Elementary students and support staff.
David Lileks named 4A SIC Girls Golf Coach of the Year
June 1, 2020
In the first year that David Lileks had a girls golf team, he was named top coach in the 4A SIC league and he’s looking forward to more success with his athletes.
Lileks has been the Head Varsity Boys/Girls coach for three years, the same time that he has taught Political Science and Economics at Emmett High School, but this was the first year he actually had a girls golf team -- and one student, Annika Robins, qualified for state.
Lileks has coached a variety of sports in several districts during the past 20 years, but this year has been special.
“The players on the team are the ones who helped convey a message to the other coaches in the SIC, that Emmett High School has been able to put together a competitive girls golf team in a short amount of time,” Lileks said. “In the future, the Emmett Girls Varsity Golf Team could and should be a fun school to watch. I am very excited to see how they develop individually and as a team!”
Lileks wants others to enjoy the sport, too.
“A message also goes out to those who are interested,” Lileks said. “Come out and enjoy the competition and camaraderie as we will compete and (hopefully) beat some of the finest schools in Idaho! Girls and boys, come hone your skills with the Golf Team!”
It’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes Lileks an excellent coach, Athletic Director Gavin Watson said.
“David's top priority when hired as our golf coach three years ago was to establish a full girls golf team that would compete at a high level and give our female golfers an outlet to showcase their talents. This season saw that goal realized as our girls golf team consistently placed in the top half of the SIC.”
Molly Yates named 4A SIC Boys Track Coach of the Year
June 1, 2021
In her first year as head boys track coach, Molly Yates is being honored as the 4A SIC Boys Coach of the Year.
Yates, who has taught psychology and U.S. History for 15 years at Emmett High School, had been the assistant coach the three previous years.
Yates credits her assistant track coaches for the success.
“I am blessed to have worked with such talented assistant coaches and talented athletes this past season,” Yates said.
Before coming to Emmett, Yates coached track and cross country at Skyview High School in Nampa for six years.
Emmett School District receives $15,000 grant from local Albertsons Foundation to help feed school children during summer
Even though Emmett classes end June 3, the Emmett School District will continue to provide meals for all Gem County children, ages 1-18, on weekdays (no holidays) beginning Friday, June 4th and continuing through August 13.
Albertsons Nourishing Neighbors Foundation just awarded a $15,000 grant to the Emmett School District’s summer program.
“This $15,000 Albertsons grant comes at a perfect time as the Emmett Food Service program gears up for the summer program,” Emmett’s Child Nutrition Director Tyree White. “The grant enables the district to buy two reach-in coolers to help with cold storage of the meal bags that are prepared for curbside distribution this summer.”
The drive-up curbside summer food distribution begins at 11:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm at the Emmett Middle School and will include breakfast and lunch in a brown paper bag.
“The Emmett School District continues to help provide food assistance to those in need and is grateful that Albertsons Foundation Nourishing Neighbors is helping,” Assistant Superintendent Isa DeArmas said.
The grant is part of Albertsons Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.
“With school out for the summer, we want to ensure all students have access to proper nutrition. While the Emmett School District works hard to meet the needs of these children, we need help to accomplish this mission,” DeArmas said. “We’re grateful that Albertsons Foundation Nourishing Neighbors are partnering with us to keep kids fed this summer.”
This will be the 11th year for Emmett’s summer food program, White said.
Nourishing Neighbors summer meals grants help organizations that work to bridge the nutrition gap for students without access to school meal programs during the summer break.
“We’re honored to partner with the Emmett School District to help support their efforts in the fight against hunger,” said John Colgrove, Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division President. “We’re particularly grateful to be able to help fill the stomachs of children in our community so they can enjoy their summer break without the gnawing feeling of hunger. Community partners like the Emmett School District are key in helping us nourish our neighbors.”
‘Emmett High School is very proud to have Gavin Watson as athletic director’
May 21 - view the pdf
Emmett High School’s Gavin Watson has been named Southern Idaho Conference Athletic Director of the Year for the 4A League.
Watson, who has been the athletic director for three years at EHS, is humbled by the announcement.
“We have great coaches here at Emmett High School, and they deserve the bulk of the credit,” Watson said.
For those who know Watson, his reaction is no surprise, because he puts others before himself and always does what’s best for students.
Few people know that Watson also teaches physical education at the high school. But that changes for the upcoming school year when he shifts to being a full-time athletic director. Watson has been in education for eight years.
EHS Principal Wade Carter also credits Watson for his work during the height of the pandemic.
“Mr. Watson worked tirelessly to make sure our athletes had a chance to play during this pandemic,” Carter said. “He cares about the athletes and has taken on the task to make sure students stay on track to graduate. Emmett High Schools is very proud to have Gavin Watson as athletic director.”
“Truly, if it weren't for Gavin and his dedication and time, our students, school, and community would not have had athletics this year,” Assistant Principal Katie Watkins said. “I am so grateful to be on the same team as Coach Watson, and I couldn't be more proud to work alongside him.”
Shadow Butte's Dr. Nava will be recommended as new Principal to replace Todd Adams
Superintendent Craig Woods said today that he will recommend Dr. Christina Nava as the next principal for Shadow Butte Elementary. Nava, who has been an Instructional Coach at Shadow Butte since August 2019, has worked closely with outgoing principal Todd Adams. Adams will be the next principal at Star Elementary in West Ada School District.
“I am honored and blessed to be able to serve Shadow Butte Elementary as principal,”
Nava said. “I am committed to working with staff, families, and the Emmett community to ensure our students receive the best education possible.”
Outgoing principal Adams said this about Nava: “I couldn't be more excited for Shadow Butte students, staff and parents. Dr. Nava brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in how to create the best opportunities for student learning. Shadow Butte will excel and move to new heights under her leadership.”
“This is a great opportunity for Dr. Nava, and I think she is an excellent choice to follow in Mr. Adams’ footsteps,” Woods said. “As Instructional Coach, Dr. Nava has demonstrated the skills necessary to coach teachers and navigate local, state and federal guidelines to ensure that our students are getting the best education possible. We had excellent internal candidates for the vacancy, but in the end, the selection committee chose Nava.”
Woods will recommend Nava be promoted to the principalship at the next Board of Trustees meeting, likely a special board meeting before the end of May.
Before her hire as an Instructional Coach, Nava was the director of the EL/Migrant Program at the Idaho State Department of Education, where she worked for six years.
She held a similar position for the Nampa School District for more than two years. Prior to her leadership roles, she was a teacher for the Nyssa School District and Nampa School District.
Nava stated in her application that teachers must be reflective practitioners and life-long learners, ready to evolve with the advancements in society and technology.
“A principal must balance between being the instructional leader and operational manager of the school to be effective,” she said in her application. Among the characteristics of a good principal, Nava said a principal “sets the vision and goals while building a culture for learning for students and teachers.”
Shadow Butte Principal accepts principal position at Star Elementary
Superintendent Craig Woods said today that the Emmett School District will be hiring a new principal for Shadow Butte Elementary because Todd Adams will be the new principal at Star Elementary in West Ada School District.
“This is a bitter-sweet moment for the district and Shadow Butte,” Woods said. “We are very proud and excited for Mr. Adams. It’s been his goal to move to a larger school district where he could eventually seek other positions at the district level administration. But, as a community, school district and for Shadow Butte’s students, parents and staff, it’s a sad day because Mr. Adams has made significant contributions since he became principal 6 years ago.”
It will be hard to replace the outgoing principal, but it’s possible that someone within the district may be interested in a new challenge, Woods said.
“Mr. Adams has played an integral role in improving day-to-day instructional programming, inspiring teachers and making Shadow Butte the school it is today,” Woods said. “He’s sensitive to today’s environment and challenges and understands why it is important to work with fellow principals and instructional coaches to find best practices for our students.”
Adams taught in the West Ada School District for 17 years where he served as teacher and athletic director at Lake Hazel Middle School and later as assistant principal at Desert Sage Elementary before accepting his first job as principal at Shadow Butte.
The departing principal said he will miss the smaller community feel, but says Star Elementary reflects a similar environment, even though growth there is exploding.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with an incredible group of people -- from colleagues, Shadow Butte teachers and staff and the parents in Emmett. It has been incredible to watch the growth in Emmett. The teachers have the desire to do the best they can do so the students excel.”
Adams added: “I truly appreciate the support from the district administration, the staff and parents. I’ve gained so much, both as an instructional leader and a person.”
Superintendent Craig Woods addresses the upcoming bond election
“You have to do what is right for you. No one walks in your shoes.” Anonymous
I was hired in July of 2019 with four focused goals:
- Improve student achievement K-12
- Provide and improve district transparency
- Build trust and support within the Emmett community
- Stabilize the district fiscally
GOAL #1 IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Improving student achievement entails much more than test scores.
- It involves creating life-long learners who use critical thinking skills to solve problems.
- Creating a culture of safety for students and staff to challenge themselves and their peers to take risks and learn from failures.
Are we there yet? Unfortunately, no, yet we continue to move that direction and change the culture. The two focal points of this year can be boiled down into these two phrases.
“Focus on the Kids” and “Take care of one another.”
GOAL #2 PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY
This has been my mission since Day One.
- I have met with local service groups, small public gatherings and town hall meetings across the county. Our district continues to provide live video feeds of all our board meetings.
- There have been multiple opportunities for community involvement (i.e. Principal for Day with business leaders, Kiwanis and Lions Club monthly meetings).
- I have even met at local patron homes to talk about the direction and vision of the Emmett School District.
GOAL #3 BUILD TRUST
The actions of the school district, and specifically me as the leader of the district, is where I can affect Trust.
- The District completed every project that was promised in the 2018 levy.
- We have reduced our district dependency on Supplemental Levies by 25% during a fiscal period that also saw the Governor reduce our total general budget by 6% just over $750,000 in revenue from the prior year.
- We opened our schools and did the best to keep students and staff safe while most districts around the nation chose to keep their doors closed and teach remotely.
How about this? Trust is gained through open communication and timely actions. I have modeled both of these traits as the Emmett Superintendent.
GOAL #4 FINANCIALLY STABILIZE THE DISTRICT
This is a difficult thing to do during a Pandemic, yet the district reduced spending without affecting class size or asking our patrons for additional funds.
- We cut $750,000 from our prior year budget, and we were able to withstand the loss of students due to COVID from our classrooms.
- We did more with much less, we asked our teachers, paraeducators, support personnel, and administration to take on more work and more responsibilities.
On May 18th, the voters in Gem County have the opportunity to vote. I ask that you take the time to vote.
- There is never a good time to raise taxes.
- We need to prepare and plan for growth
I can assure parents and patrons, whether the bond election is successful or unsuccessful on May 18th, our students and our staff will be hard at work on May 19th, continuing to provide the best education possible for the students of Gem County. I ask that every resident in Gem County on May 19th to smile and treat their neighbors with respect and compassion. I know that I will continue to respect my neighbors no matter what the outcome of the election.
Respectfully, Superintendent Craig Woods
Superintendent Woods responds to comments regarding facts concerning the bond election
I want to take a moment to respond directly to some of the information presented in both the Farm Bureau letter that appeared in the Messenger Index this week and the brochure mailed out by the Concerned Citizens of Gem County.
- Maximum capacity of the school district
- Poor use of the Emmett Middle School
- Reasons for loss in student enrollment and “Critical Race Theory”
- Enormous amount of debt
MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF THE EMMETT SCHOOL DISTRICT
- 2020-2021 Emmett School District Current Classrooms 156 (Butte View current location of District Office limits classrooms)
- 156 classrooms at 22 per classroom equates to 3,432
- Opening up the Butte View wing will bring our classroom capacity to 165
- 165 classrooms at 22 per classroom equates to 3,630
For argument's sake let's take the 3,630 number and let me discuss some concerns.
District Enrollment Capacity is different from Building Capacity.
- Butte View Elementary, for example, houses our preschool program of approximately 20 students. This program currently uses three classrooms daily because of the unique needs of those students.
Maximum capacity in a district or building for that matter has to take into account the point of diminishing return. Not all students are treated the same and use the same amount of space. The kind of lesson also makes a difference in the size of the classroom.
The Trustees and I have been open and transparent that this is a comprehensive plan that addresses the current need to improve our existing buildings while providing a plan for the current and future growth in our community.
POOR USE OF THE EMMETT MIDDLE SCHOOL FACILITIES IN THIS CURRENT PLAN
- Bond plan moves our current Black Canyon Middle School and High School and AIMS programs to the middle school. That current population is closer to 120 students instead of the quoted number of 75.
- This planned move would take place after completion of the new high school in August of 2024.
- The Board is in discussion with the Gem County Rec Department regarding a possible partnership and leasing of a portion of the Emmett Middle School to better utilize this building.
- Emmett Middle School building allows for flexibility in terms of growth. The vision is that it can be made into an intermediate school with grades 5th and 6th as the district reaches capacity at either the the elementary level or secondary level.
- The plan allows for the district to remodel portions of the building while Black Canyon utilizes other portions of the building.
This big picture vision of what the Middle School may become has been discussed at Town Hall meetings and board meetings.
LOSS OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT
- Students have left and will continue to leave because of the increasing Federal mandates that force our Children to learn about “Critical Race Theory.”
- I can say without any reservation that not one person expressed to me that Critical Race Theory was their reasoning for leaving.
- Idaho Code 33-501 defines the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees. This code empowers the local Trustees with adopting the curriculum used within the District not the Federal government.
- This year the Emmett School District saw a reduction of student population of approximately 8% based on our February student count. This count is used to set funding for school districts.
- Every parent I spoke to this year, and this past summer, stated their primary reason for online or homeschool for their child was because of COVID concerns and concerns over the possibility of being forced to go back online due to COVID.
- To assume students will not return to school or choose to homeschool in the future, is just that an assumption. I cannot in good conscience rely on an assumption when planning and preparing for the upcoming school year. Many of the students who chose to homeschool this year have returned to the district and registered for the 2021-22 school year.
ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF DEBT
- You are correct $68,000,000 is a large amount of money.
- The bond in front of the Gem County voters is the largest ever attempted.
- It is a comprehensive bond that takes into account the prior bond attempts in 2005, 2008, and 2018 and addresses the needs that were included in those failed bond elections as well as the need to build a new high school
- The Trustees selected a 30-year bond resolution to lessen the tax increase on our patrons.
- Eric Herringer with Piper Sandler presented at the town hall meeting that if the bond is successful, and the board elected to continue to levy the $194 per $100,000 throughout the bond life -- with an estimated market assessed growth rate of 5% -- this bond could be paid off in less than 20 years.
- The resolution estimates are based on the 2020 Market value of Gem County. With continued growth the debt amount can be paid off in an efficient and timely manner. Without the initial cost to the taxpayer of $245 that would be required if the resolution would have been for a 20 year bond.
The final comment that I would like to make is in regard to the comments of irresponsible or rushed planning of this bond. This comprehensive plan has been discussed and reviewed over the past two years. It was refined after the initial presentation in May of 2019. Members of both the Farm Bureau and the Concerned Citizens of Gem County sat on the committee that I facilitated. They were given an opportunity and a voice during those meetings. Those meetings were public and can be watched on our Youtube channel.
The committee, as a whole, developed the plan. Some of the individual ideas may have been added while others were not. They were still given a seat and a voice at the table that helped develop the list of projects included in this bond.
Respectfully, Superintendent Craig Woods
Emmett High hires new Head Girls Basketball Coach
The Emmett Girls Varsity Basketball Team will have a new coach this next school year.
Athletic Director Gavin Watson said Amos Lee will coach the team, bringing with him several years experience coaching in the Treasure Valley since 1997. He is currently the athletic director, Dean of Students and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Cascade High School. Since 2008, Lee has also coached at Ridgevue High, Meridian High and Boise High.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amos to the Huskie Family as our new Head Girls Basketball Coach,” Watson said. “Coach Lee brings experience leading winning basketball programs that excel on the court and in the community. His professionalism, work ethic and genuine belief in positive leadership will continue to drive the success of our girls basketball program.”
Lee will also teach physical education.
Lee said he is “stoked” to become part of the Huskie coaching team.
“I am blessed to find an opportunity to come to Emmett,” Lee said. “I am ecstatic to be given an opportunity to continue the growth that Emmett has shown over the past few years.”
Emmett has some of the brightest advantages of both small towns and big schools alike, Lee said.
“Having coached in the smallest schools and the 4A/5A SIC, I can tell you that I have admired the scrappy, driven attitudes, and strong work ethic my teams have faced vs the Huskies. That alone is a great place to start from when taking over a team,” Lee said.
“It's rare to go somewhere where the programs and people all truly care about each other, but as John Wooden said, ‘It's amazing what gets accomplished when no one cares who gets credit!’ I feel like that is the picture I am stepping into, and I couldn't be more thrilled.”
Emmett High School hires new Head Girls Soccer Coach
Athletic Director Gavin Watson announced today that Emmett High School has hired a new Head Girls Soccer Coach.
Brandon Jenkins of Caldwell has been the head soccer coach for girls U12 and U16 Inferno soccer teams and he has been the JV girls soccer coach in the Vallivue School District since June of 2017. He also owns Born Again Fitness in Nampa.
“Coach Jenkins' addition as our next head Head Girls Soccer Coach is a huge addition to the growing culture of success within EHS athletics,” Watson said. “Coach Jenkins' passion for, and knowledge of the game of soccer are tremendous. Under his leadership, our girls soccer program will continue to grow, improve and compete at a high level.”
Jenkins said he is excited to join the coaching staff and take on this group of up-and-coming young ladies.
“Together, we will create a culture where we share a common goal, build each other up, hold one another accountable, and strive for excellence in all that we do,” the new soccer coach said.
“I am passionate about the youth in our community and want to provide a safe environment for them to learn the game of soccer while making them feel as if they are a part of something greater than themselves,” Jenkins said.