Site Council Purpose

KUA families are invited to attend Site Council meetings, held monthly excepting December. Dinner is provided by our Food Program, and each time they attend a meeting, families fulfill one volunteer hour of their required six KUA hours for the year.

A school can only call itself successful when leaders, families and stakeholders all sit at the same table. At KUA Site Council, parents can share their concerns, listen to what is happening behind the scenes and, with everyone’s input, help us all keep on the same page. Meetings do not address budgetary decisions. Rather, we build bridges of understanding and trust so when challenges arise, our students know we all worked together to come up with solutions. KUA was built on this trust between our community, our donors, our staff and our families.

At our Site Council meetings, we show respect, but we also aren’t afraid to show our hearts. Together we make great things happen!

Upcoming Meetings

KUA Medford:

April 11, 2024, 5 p.m.

May 9, 2024, 5:45 p.m.

June 13, 2024, 5 p.m.

KUA White City:

March 18, 2024, 7:45 a.m.

April 8, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

May 20, 2024, 7:45 a.m.

June 3, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Recent Meeting Notes

Site Council members attending:

TEACHERS/STAFF: Emmanuel Balan, Tyrone McDonald, David Thygeson, Erin Monteith, Monique Kruse, Sarah Lemon, Breahna Kerth

PARENTS: Fernanda Alvarez, Jaquelyn Clemmons, Rosalinda Diaz, Mayra Duran, Jasmine Garvey, Michelle Lozano, Tazmunai Nelson, Martha Regaldo, Alondra Serna

PRINCIPAL: Lindsay Ochs

March 14, 2024

Time: 5-5:45 p.m.

Location: Medford PreK building

Safety and behavior updates for Kids Unlimited Academy were administrators’ approach during March Site Council to “get ahead” of parent concerns.

The impetus was administrators’ attendance at February’s Medford School Board meeting, where parents commented unfavorably about safety in District 549C schools. KUA takes myriad steps daily and monthly to ensure the school’s security and students’ safety, said Principal Lindsay Ochs.

“We have cameras in all of our main areas but also all of our classrooms.”

New this school year, about 75 cameras monitor both student behavior and building security. Additionally, all exterior doors at KUA are locked, visitors must sign in and show their identification and staff must swipe their key cards to enter.

“We verify all the people coming into the school that way,” said Ochs.

A safety drill of some type takes place at least once per month at KUA, said Ochs. Drills paid off during a recent law enforcement response outside the school, when students and staff all responded according to protocol.

“It was so great that we had practiced this before,” said Ochs.

Color coding characterizes the behavior matrix that KUA implemented at the beginning of the school year. Assistant principal Emmanuel Balan explained the matrix’s categories — minor and major — and levels 1-5. Consequences can be varied and numerous before they rise to the level of exclusion from school, said Balan.

“We don’t want to suspend children at any point, and sometimes a kid just needs a reset at home.”

Balan and Ochs emphasized that not all teachers use the matrix in the same way, which will be a training item for next year.

Every grade will add cohorts for the 2024-25 school year, when staff project an enrollment of 570, including some students transferring from KUA’s White City campus. Administrators anticipate four classes each in grades K-3 and three classes each in grades 4-5, said Ochs.

KUA has a new first grade teacher, Dallon Williams, and PE teacher, Dustin Vail. Staff from KUA White City also are expected to join the Medford campus next year.

Former KUA Principal Jani Hale joined the KUA School Board upon her retirement. She attended Site Council to introduce parents to the role of the board, its position under the KU Board and plans to involve more Board members in school events and activities.

Overseeing the school budget and setting policies and procedures, the Board also recognizes outstanding performance. Hale said she planned at the March 19 meeting to commend the English language development teachers, who are seeing better results than almost anywhere else in the state.

“Our scores are going to start blowing people away,” she said.

KUA’s success will be cited in negotiations with Medford School District to retain more state funding per student. With a “huge” waiting list, KUA isn’t a school to “ignore,” said Hale. The decision to phase out middle school this year, said Hale, was “tearful, hard and sad.”

A fifth-grade parent asked if there would be a “warm hand-off” to KUA students’ assigned middle schools. Ochs replied yes, she is working on an event “to ensure that they are successful.” Another parent said her son never wants to leave KUA once the school day is over.

March Madness family night is planned for 5:15 p.m. March 21 with parent vs. student and staff vs. student games. Ochs praised the school’s spirit during its March 13 assembly to honor the South Medford High School Lady Panthers basketball team.