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  • July 2022 Message

    Posted by Pete Peterson on 7/25/2022

    (As published by the West County Times)

    Kiona-Benton City patrons,

    I hope you all had a great 4th of July and are enjoying the warm weather that finally made its way to us. Didn’t leave us much time to get acclimated, going from 70 to 100 in a matter of days, but at least it’s not cool anymore!

    We are in the middle of some hiring for next school year, and if you are interested in a position at the district, I would encourage you to check our website for details. We were disappointed to lose our Athletic Director at the high school, Mr. Den Boer, who moved to Zillah HS, but we have hired Mr. Chad Smith as our new Athletic Director. Mr. Smith comes to us from Oregon, where he was an interim Athletic Director, and previously was a head football coach and PE teacher at Umatilla. He has a soft spot for small schools and will be working with Mr. Henry for a smooth and seamless transition. We also hired Ki-Be High School graduate, Lisa Upton, who will be Mrs. Hanson’s new assistant principal at the elementary. With a new team at the elementary that includes a new counselor, we will be ready for many positive changes this next year.

    We will finish up the last hiring for spots hopefully by the first week of August. We are compiling student supply lists and posting them on the website, so check back in around that same time for the most up-to-date lists. In the meantime, the board will be working on our final budget for next year, and our Facilities Committee will continue meeting, with our next two meetings on the 21st and the 28th of this month, with a board presentation coming in August if all goes as planned. Have a great rest of July and feel free to contact me at 588-2000 if I can be of assistance.

    - Pete Peterson, Superintendent

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  • June 2022 Message

    Posted by Pete Peterson on 6/28/2022

    (As published by the West County Times)

    Welcome to summer, and finally the weather that goes with it! It seems very funny to me as a lifelong resident of the area that yesterday was our first day of 90 degree weather! I hope this doesn't mean that September will make up for the lack of heat to this point. 
     
    Our maintenance and custodial staff is very busy this summer as they clean and prep the schools for fall return. Once school ends, it is full steam ahead to get ready for the next one. In addition, our summer school program is very well attended with over 150 students choosing to spend six weeks with us. With the time lost to COVID, I am very glad that they have chosen to continue learning.
     
    We have had two meetings to this point with our Facilities Review Team, and we will be presenting a report to the school board in late August or early September. The goal of this group is simply to report what the public perception of the condition of all of our schools are, and to make recommendations of what order building conditions are that need to be addressed.
     
    As most people should know by now, our Primary and Intermediate Schools have been re-combined into a TK-5 building as it was for most of our history. With Mr. Williams moving to a new position outside the district, the timing was perfect to bring the school back under one umbrella.  Mrs. Hansen, who was hired as the Primary principal will be the principal of the whole building now, and we are in the process of hiring an assistant principal. This will have the effect of the whole building having clear and consistent expectations all the way through the elementary experience. 
     
    Our next Community Council meeting is coming up on July 5th at 6:00 PM in the HS Library. It is open to any community member who would like to come and talk about what's on their minds or what's going on in your schools. It is vitally important that your voices are heard and we really want to hear from you!
     
    As always, feel free to email me or call my cell phone at 509-308-5052 if you have any questions I can assist you with. I plan on taking some time in July to go to the mountains, but the district office staff will be able to get a hold of me if I'm not around. Have a great summer everyone!

    - Pete Peterson

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  • May 16, 2022 Message

    Posted by Pete Peterson on 5/16/2022

    Good day Kiona-Benton City Community,

    May is the hardest month for educators and kids, because they see the end in sight, and then you have all of the end-of-year ceremonies, and Spring sports playoffs, and it all makes for a bunch of hectic schedules! I wish the weather would turn more Spring-like, because we are almost to Summer, and all I can celebrate are the rare days above 70!

    Below is a list of events that the school will be hosting between now and the end of school, not the least of which is a return to Camp Wooten for 6th grade! We are one of the few districts that still attend Camp Wooten, and this is another reason to thank the community for passing our last Levy. These are the types of indispensable activities that you support through your local levy dollars!

    We will be reconfiguring the elementary school for next year. Mr. Williams, who served as Intermediate Principal, is off to Kennewick School District, so we will go back to being a TK-5 elementary as it has been in Benton City for most of our history. Mrs. Hanson will assume the Principal position for the whole school and we will hire an Assistant Principal to help her. We are also hiring an Elementary Counselor, so we will have a new and improved team ready for the kids in the Fall. It really will look no different for kids and parents, but we will have one leader in charge and we will increase consistency among policies by doing this.

    So go ahead and check out the list of events below, and don’t forget that we will be offering Summer School at each level. If your student wants or needs some extra time with breakfast and lunch being served, see your building principal. Have a great rest of May, and don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance at 588-2000.

    Pete Peterson, Superintendent

    Important Dates:

    • 5/23 - Board Meeting at 6:30
    • 5/24 - HS Band/Choir Concert 6:30
    • 5/25 - Migrant PAC meeting, ESD123, 6-8
    • 5/27 - Middle School Community Service Day 
    • 5/27 - Early Release, 11:00
    • 5/30 - No School - Memorial Day
    • 6/3 - Graduate Walkthrough at ES/MS 9:00
    • 6/4 - HS Graduation 
    • 6/6-10 - Camp Wooten
    • 6/8 - Kindergarten Graduation 8:30 MS Gym
    • 6/9 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 6:00 MS Gym 
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