November 2021 Message from Superintendent Peterson

Posted by Pete Peterson on 11/28/2021

(As published by the West County Times)

Good afternoon Ki-Be community members,

     We have finished our Fall activities and are excitedly moving into our Winter sports seasons, along with scheduling some holiday concerts at the middle school and high school. We have not had those for a couple years now, so it will be a blessing to be able to attend those this year. Please check the school calendars as well as our district calendars for dates and times. Please remember that all visitors and patrons during these events must be masked while indoors on school property regardless of your vaccination status.

      The district will be advertising for any interested individual who lives in voting district #5 who would like to apply to fill the vacant School Board position that went unfilled in the last election. If you have any interest, please feel free to contact me at the District Office, or send me an email and we can schedule a time to talk.

     It is only mid-November, but we have already seen our first bit of sleet the other day. With that in mind, parents, remember to listen for a phone call and check your emails in the mornings when inclement weather hits. We are out early to check road conditions, and we will always try to make a call on a delay or cancellation as early as possible. This also would be a good time to verify with your school that all of your contact information is up to date.

    While parents are getting their kids ready for school each morning and dropping them off, I would remind all of our community members that we have two main crossings across SR225 in front of the elementary/middle school, and we ask that you are extra vigilant and mindful of our crossing guards. Students and pedestrians at those crossings do have the right of way while in a crosswalk, and our crossing guards have to ensure that traffic is stopped, so please heed their flags when going through the school zone.

     In December, we will be organizing a committee to review the state of all district facilities and buildings. If you are a person with a background related to construction or facilities management, or you are simply an interested community member, you can go to our website after Thanksgiving and get more details. We will not ask for much time, no more than 90 minutes a month during which time we can take tours of the schools themselves and let community members see the current conditions of our buildings. The goal will be to have a committee make a recommendation to the school board about the communities priority for improving any facilities and recommending the timeframes for improvement.

     As always, please feel free to contact me via email at pete.peterson@kibesd.org or give me a call at 588-2000 or 308-5052 if I can be of assistance. I hope that all of our community has a great holiday season and best wishes in the new year!

Pete Peterson,

Superintendent of Schools