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Kamiah School District #304 Mission Statement:
The Kamiah Joint School District 304 Partners with students, parents, and community members to ensure a safe, nurturing environment where students are expected to achieve academic excellence, personal responsibility, and success while engaged in life-long learning and at the same time demonstrating respect for community values and diversity.
To the Patrons of the Kamiah School District:
It is not only a privilege but an honor to be back serving the community and school that has provided so much support for me over the years. As a Kamiah graduate (82), I would have never guessed that I would be taking the helm as Superintendent but now find the challenge and task ahead to be one that I look forward to more and more.
Over the last 26 years, I have had the advantage of working with some of the best teachers and administrators in the state. Because of this, I have come to believe that schools must establish a rigor that will require all students to work hard to achieve success. This rigor will serve the student throughout their life no matter what their future holds. Students today are not the same as they were twenty or even ten years ago. Students of all ages are interested in knowing “why” rather than blindly follow instruction. Because of this, we must provide detail within our instruction. For our students to understand our purpose we need to make learning relevant to their lives, giving them a link to the essential elements. High standards or rigor with a relevant reason mean nothing without the establishment of solid relationships. Students and their parents need to know that they are more than just a number for the purpose for gathering data. We all can look back and remember the teachers that touched our lives as well as those that pushed us away. Kids at any age light up when they know that a teacher or coach appreciate who they are or acknowledge them for what they are doing, and in most cases will push themselves to achieve more because of it. By working to implement these three simple terms our schools will continue to show growth in all areas.
Our district has faced and continues to face many challenges, none being more difficult than the basic funding of the total school program. Declining enrollment and misrepresentation have also left its mark. What is amazing about small rural communities such as ours is that we seem to persevere. As your Superintendent I look forward to being a part of the team of people that will make important decisions that will allow our school and community to challenge the issues and not just persevere but flourish.