To Our Kirtland Schools Families,
With the adoption of the Strategic Plan, our focus is on providing an educational program that personalizes learning to empower our students for future success. Part of that effort includes the launch of the new Excite, Explore & Engage College and Career Pathways Program for grades 6-12. The program, which begins this school year, provides a focus on innovation, life skills, and career and college preparation.
At the elementary level, the district hired a new coding/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) teacher. The position was added at no net cost to the district through reductions in other budget areas. This will introduce elementary students to coding and computer science to increase their problem solving, persistence, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. This also will supplement students’ understanding of coding/computer science with broader STEAM-based activities, particularly the future expansion of the middle school Project Lead The Way (PLTW) initiative in grades 3-5.
All of this can be done thanks to passage of the renewal levy for Kirtland Local Schools. Voter support of the no-tax-increase levy means funding will be extended for five years, providing much needed dollars - $1.45 million annually, or about 10% of the school district’s budget – critical for maintaining current academic programming and services.
The district has worked hard to control and reduce expenses and will continue to do so into the future. The Board and administration are committed to maintaining fiscal responsibility with a goal of ensuring every dollar spent benefits students and the community. The Board and the district will remain transparent in financial discussions as they progress.