Kirkwood School District community members are invited to a listening and discussion session to weigh in on what they would like to see happen with the district’s facilities in the future.
The district will host its next master facility planning meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Nipher Middle School, 700 S. Kirkwood Road. Currently, teams within each building consisting of parents, staff and community members are meeting to study each school’s current use of space, potential use of space and options for expanding.
The meeting will focus on the Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, North Glendale Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Tillman Elementary School, Nipher Middle School and Kirkwood High School.
School officials are also seeking feedback from community members about the future use of roughly 13 acres of land the district owns on Lindemann Road. The green space is currently being used for outdoor education. The property is paid for, requires very little upkeep and no taxes are paid on it.
During the debates about Prop K, a 46-cent property tax increase that was passed in April 2017, there was much talk about whether the district should sell the land. District officials have consistently said holding onto the property is in its best financial interest in case it’s needed in the future.
“As our enrollment grows and the education needs of our students change, we need to discuss options for the Lindemann property with our community,” Kirkwood School District spokesperson Ginger Cayce said.
Administrative Services Center
The Kirkwood School District will soon be advertising three jobs that will be open due to a restructuring of positions within the Administrative Services Center.
The jobs are for assistant superintendent of data, intervention and supports; director of instruction and professional learning; and project and process manager within the technology department. No new administrators are being added, but job titles and responsibilities are shifting.
“Under the old organizational structure, the job duties were not evenly distributed,” Kirkwood School District Superintendent Michele Condon said at Monday’s school board meeting. “With the new structure, the duties are more evenly distributed and we send the message that the focus is on our students.”
The restructure stems from the fact that two administrators who retired over the past three years have not been replaced. That reduction, coupled with a cut in support staff at the Administrative Services Center when a property tax levy failed two years ago, caused the realignment of duties and responsibilities.
“This has been needed for a long time,” Kirkwood School Board Member Darnel Frost said. “We’ve gotten out of alignment because of the tax not passing, responsibilities having to shift and key administrators retiring who have not been replaced. We’ve been through a lot of changes in the past 10 years, and I’m really happy to see this (restructuring).”