Kiona-Benton City Sch. Dist.
public forum March 2, 2015 - 02/25/15
Date: March 2, 2015
Location: Kiona-Benton City High School Gymnasium
Topic: Firearms Policy
Kiona-Benton School District Parents Notified Regarding Registered Sex Offender Assembly Speaker
On February 17, 2015, an individual who had been invited to speak at a student assembly at Kiona-Benton City High School brought a female associate with him to assist in the presentation. This associate had not been cleared to speak in advance by high school administrators.
After the fact, it was brought to the attention of District Administration by law enforcement that the associate was a registered sex offender.
The District accepts responsibility for this unfortunate situation and has acted to notify parents via our school reach system (a voice recorded message sent to all high school parents). The full details are contained in a letter to be sent out to the high school's parents tomorrow, informing them of events surrounding the assembly, and steps which the District will be taking in the future to prevent a recurrence. A copy of the letter is attached to this release and is incorporated herein.
Statement regarding levy results - 02/11/15
STATEMENT REGARDING LEVY RESULTS
Obviously, the Board of Directors is disappointed with the outcome of our recent capital levy vote. Our intent in putting forth the ballot proposition was to improve learning conditions for our students by providing the necessary space to house our growing community.
The voters have spoken, however, and we respect their decision. The Board and District administrative staff pledge their united and unceasing efforts toward overcoming the difficulties that the levy failure is certain to create in the near future. We are not a group which is prone to "crying over spilt milk," as it were. We intend to move forward in a positive manner.
Despite the outcome, we believe there is genuine support in the community for the direction that our District has been moving and the learning environment we have been creating for our kids. Low voter turnout was probably more important to the outcome of this election than the real attitude of our constituents. When this issue is next before the voters, we will redouble our efforts to get the word out regarding the value which the proposal will bring to the community.