Kiona-Benton City School District


Superintendent’s Message

Welcome to the Kiona-Benton City School District. Our mission is to provide a "School District of Choice". What this means is that we will strive to create learning opportunities and options for students that make Ki-Be the district that our parents choose to send their students to. To make this a reality, our School Board has committed to ensuring that our programs and offerings are in line with the needs of our students. Also, the district and the Board have committed to improving student achievement as measured by the state assessments, to the top quartile of schools in the state. Our Board has coined the phrase, "let’s move the dot" which refers to the graph of schools that measures student progress. We are proud of the effort and success of our high school students and staff for the gains they have made in state assessment scores. This is the first year that one of our schools has exceeded the state average in all three areas of Math, Reading and Writing. Our middle school and elementary schools continue to focus on improving student achievement as well.

Our focus on the arts for our students has developed two very successful programs of choral music and drama. Our choirs regularly receive superior marks at contests and our drama program now produces two to three major productions a year. This year they will submit a production to compete for the coveted 5th Avenue Drama Awards. Our instrumental music program is growing as well. We now offer instrumental music at the elementary, middle and high schools. Our MS/HS Pep Band represents the school district and supports our athletes during fall and winter seasons and into the post season as well. Our instrumental music program continues to grow as we develop our goal of excellence in music.

In athletics, our teams and athletes regularly compete in post season competitions. Winning the district title for Wrestling is a testament to the community partnership between our community and the schools as the Hard Core Wrestling program supports the development of our high school athletes. This year we had 7 state qualifiers, 6 received medals and Sheridan McDonald won her fourth state championship, becoming the first female athlete in state history to do so.

We have strived to offer a well-rounded educational experience for our students. We hope that you agree we are on our way to doing that in all three areas identified in this letter. Our goal is to continue to provide the instruction, coaching and support that will allow our students to continue to achieve at high levels in each of the endeavors. With our community’s continued support, we will reach our goal of establishing a reputation for high quality educational opportunities for all students.