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Superintendent shares

Thank you for visiting the Kootenai School District website. Also, thank you for the kind welcome you have shown me thus far, and the support you have shown for Kootenai Schools.  This year, the enrollment is up a little at 141 students.  That breaks down to 65 elementary students in K-5, and 76 students in 6-12.  New teachers to the district include Matt Greer, high school science; Jennifer Hanselmann in art and special education; Jill Pilloud in 1st grade; and Allison Brown in 5th grade.  On the administrative side, Wade Pilloud is the new K-12 principal; Cody Karst is our part-time Special Education Director, and I am the new part-time Superintendent.  New special education aide staffing includes Danyel Barden, Lexie Reynolds, and Tara Atkin (who splits duties also serving in the after school grant). Karen Krier is out new IDLA para-professional.

I have had a chance to observe in nearly every classroom in the District thus far.  There are MANY quality teachers serving the needs of students in the District.  This is my 29th year in school administration in Idaho.  I would put the quality and work ethic of this staff up with any staff I have worked with.  Many teachers were coming in during July to prepare for this upcoming year, which is a testament to the work ethic within the staff. 

I have observed in classrooms some very nice young people, a testament to family support and upbringing.  We have quality, dedicated administrators serving in the principal and special education director roles, which is a testament to the reputation of Kootenai as a quality school to work for.

With that being said, we have areas of improvement for our District.  The Board of Trustees is targeting improvement in ISAT testing performance in both English Language Arts and Math.  The focus of improvement in Math is centered on the implementation of a new math curriculum in the K-8. This new curriculum is called “Go Math”.  The leading front for improvement in English Language Arts are the targeted intervention groups in grades K-5. 

We know that improvement, like much of life, is a work in progress.  There are going to be mistakes in life and disappointments.  But we have to pick ourselves up and work toward a better tomorrow.  This includes students, staff and administration.  Improvement is not an end point.  It is an attitude that we all can embrace.

Dennis Kachelmier, Superintendent

Policy Revisions

Click on the link below for the Winter 2018/2019 Policy Update Release:

 The following items are up for review.

Teacher Evaluations

Dear Parents:

In compliance with state requirements and district 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 education 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:


School Board Meetings 2020

Board of Trustees - Kootenai Joint School District #274

Notice of Regular Board Meetings 

Harrison Elementary School, Multi-purpose Room

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, Multi-purpose room said District, meetings dates as follows:

Recommended for Approval 01/13/2020


February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12


These regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Kootenai Joint School District #274 are called pursuant to IDAHO CODE 67-2343.

2019-2020 Calendar

2019-2020 School Calendar

District Report Card

District Report Card

Job Openings

Kootenai Jt. School District #274 is accepting applications for a long term substitute for Special Education. Special Education endorsement preferred. Contact the District Office at 208-689-3631 for an application and further information or view our website  Completed applications will be accepted in the District Office until position is filled. Hiring preference will be given to Kootenai School District #274 residents.