Ealey, Susan
Treasurer / Clerk
Ferguson, Lynette
Superintendent/Elem. Principal
Shannon, Cindy
District Secretary



Kootenai School District Mission

The Kootenai School District provides a free, safe, appropriate, dynamic learning environment.  The School Community assists in establishing learning opportunities to ensure success for all students.

Kootenai School District Vision

Students will graduate with the ability to compete globally in their post-secondary endeavors.

July Board Notes

The following business was conducted at the regular Board meeting held July 14, 2014.

Trustee Resignation The Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Jessica Ausman.  Jessica has been a valued asset working on committees and board policy, and will be missed.

Trustee Vacancy:  The Board declared a vacancy in Zone 1 Harrison.  This vacancy will be filled by appointment by the remaining Trustees.  If interested in serving, and you reside in Zone 1, please submit a letter of interest to Kootenai School District 274, Superintendent, 13030 E. O’Gara Rd, Harrison, ID 83833.  The Board will review in open session all applications from qualified persons.  The appointee will serve for the balance of the unexpired term of office.

Annual Reorganization of the Board of Trustees:  Jon Verkist was elected as Board Chairman, Mitch Donohoe as Vice Chairman, and Susan Ealey as Clerk/Treasurer.

Establish Regular Meetings of the Board - Posting Locations:  Regular board meetings will be held at 7:00 pm the second Monday of every month unless events are in conflict.  Posting locations will remain the same: Harrison Post Office, School District Office, and Valley Mart.

Big Sky Pay Request:  The board approved a pay request from Big Sky.  Welch Comer gave an update on the lagoon.

Bus Driver Position:  Curtis Stein has been hired for the bus driver position.  He has done an outstanding job as a substitute driver.

Cleaning Bids:   The board approved Tracie Rasmusson's bid for the high school cleaning contract, and approved changes in Simon Blackmore's Jr. High cleaning contract to include breakfast and lunch setup/cleanup.

Approval of Substitutes:  The board approved the list of current substitutes for 2015, and approved Dawn Hayes as a substitute teacher.

Bus Radios/Antenna:  Carl gave an update on the bus radios and the antenna.

Strategic Plan:  A committee will be formed and will need to meet to complete a strategic plan outlining the direction of schools for the next five years.

Kootenai Jr. Sr. High Accreditation Report:  KHS has received a new 5 year term of accreditation.

Maintenance Update:  The door by the shop is in poor shape and in need of replacement.  We are getting bids for the door and installation.

Kootenai High School Accreditation Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Kootenai High School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1978948  Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

K.I.T.E. CLUB Kootenai Interactive Tutoring and Enrichment Club

The Kootenai School District was awarded with funding through a 21stCentury Community Learning Centers grant.  Grant funds allow for the establishment and administration of a quality community learning center program, which incorporates academic, social, and family enrichment opportunities. 

Students K-8 are offered a before and after school program Monday through Thursday that began in September 2012, and is scheduled to run through May 2017.  Program participants have a substantial, nutritious snack daily.  They receive homework help, tutoring as needed, or utilize technology based academic programs.  Students participate in programming designed to give them the tools they need to make good choices when faced with peer pressure.  Goal setting, character development, and bullying prevention are a focus.  Daily physical activities are enjoyed by all ages.  Regular program participants have the opportunity to attend quarterly field trips.  This is based on high KITE attendance and positive KITE behavior.  Families are able to participate in family nights, which is a time to highlight their students’ success, and provide a chance for positive interaction between school and home.  Students are encouraged to be active in school sports while still enjoying the benefits of the program.  The activity bus is available on all program days. 

We feel very privileged to be able to offer students this opportunity for personal growth.  As the 2012-2013 school year wraps up we reflect on the program thus far.  We are thrilled with the gains made this year, and plan on exciting things for next year. 

All KITE funding for student activities, family nights, staff professional development, activity buses on program days, KITE field trips, and KITE staffing is not supported from the Kootenai School District general fund, but is made possible through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Federal Grant.  The program is scheduled to run through the 2017 school year.  If you are interested in volunteering, joining the KITE Advisory Team, or have questions please contact Nicole Goodson (Program Director) at 689-3511 or email ngoodsen@sd274.com

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.   http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cclc

District Calendar

Today: 9/23/14



Teacher Evaluations

Dear Parents:

In compliance with new state requirements and distric policy, Kootenai School District is requesting parental feedback for inclusion in certified instructional staff evaluations.  The enclosed form is being randomly mailed to parents.  We ask that you respond to the questions and return the form to the school or district office.

Your input allows for ongoing parent/guardian input,  which is important in improving the quality of eduacation for all our students. You may obtain additional forms from any school office, the school district's administrative office or by clicking on the following link.

Teacher Evaluation

If you have any questions, please call the school office:

Elementary: 689-3511     Jr. Sr. High: 689-3311      District Office:  689-3631

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Partners in Education:

Lynette Ferguson

Board Meetings

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of Kootenai Joint School District #274 will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Elementary School, Room 3 in said District, meeting dates as follows:

THESE REGULAR MEETINGS of the Board of Trustees of the Kootenai Joint School District #274 are called pursuant to IDAHO CODE 67-2343.

August 11, 2014          February 9, 2015

September 8, 2014      March 9,  2015

October 13, 2014         April 13, 2015

November 10, 2014     May 11, 2105

December 8, 2014       June 18, 2015

January 12, 2015        July 13, 2015


DATED this 14th day of July 2014.

SUSAN EALEY, Clerk of the Board

Kootenai Joint School District #274

Harrison, Kootenai County, Idaho