Because of the size of the district, a lot of the overall experience depends on which building the job is in. As a whole, KSD has a history of being a strong district with high standards. However, over the past few years, the district has struggled: the district's budget crisis has had a huge impact on its staff, ranging from departmental budget cuts of 20% in the 16-17 school year to the announcement of a proposed RIF of approximately 130 teaching positions in 2018. While the district didn't have to follow through with the announced RIF thanks to monies granted through the state legislature, KSD is still struggling to show transparency with its finances. In the summer of 2018, the district is showing a lack of ability to bargain in good faith with its teachers, despite the fact that many districts throughout the state are agreeing for cost of living adjustments that range anywhere from 11% to 26%. This means that the educators of KSD are continuing to be underpaid, especially compared to their colleagues in neighboring districts, which diminishes the district's competitiveness. Educators and staff were assured that the budget crisis would not be felt within classrooms by students, but decreases in resources, programs, and staff positions have had a clear and definitive impact.