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Breidablik closure is expected to save district nearly $300K in first year

January 21st, 2014 at 4:26 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The district is expecting to save just under $300,000 in the year after the closure of Breidablik Elementary.
Estimated annual savings from the closure are expected to be $360,830.66. However, the cost of the closure expenses and — more-so — the lawsuit over the closure, lower those savings.
The lawsuit, which I originally reported on April 4, 2013, cost the district $46,793.93, according to district documents. Though Kitsap County Superior Court upheld the North Kitsap School Board’s decision to close Breidablik, the district still had court fees. The district could have counter-sued, however, I was told the district agreed not to sue as long as the court’s decision was not appealed.
Expenses for the closure of Breidablik is $22,453.40, according to district documents.

Local knitter’s project increasing in popularity

December 23rd, 2013 at 12:03 pm by Kipp Robertson
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It looks like astronauts won’t have to worry about getting cold feet.

A project that began earlier this year is becoming popular with knitters in Canada.

Canadian Living published a Q&A with Canadian knitter Emily Mooney, who recently began recruiting others to help knit socks for astronauts. The socks are for astronauts headed for the International Space Station.

The project began after Poulsbo’s Penny Garner attended a NASA Tweetup (an event for people who interact with NASA via Twitter). Garner then contacted astronaut Reid Wiseman if he would be interested in homemade socks. Garner offered anyone interested the chance to make a few stitches into the socks for Wiseman — she also added the names of the people who stitched to a list that accompanied the socks.

The project “growing rapidly,” according to Mooney in the story by Canadian Living.

Superintendent hosting Coffee Chat at Coffee Oasis Dec. 18

December 18th, 2013 at 10:43 am by Kipp Robertson
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North Kitsap School District Superintendent Patty Page is hosting the December Community Coffee Chat at Coffee Oasis Dec. 18, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Coffee Oasis.

The community is invited to talk with Page about the district and schools within during the informal meeting.

Coffee Oasis is located at 780 NE Iverson St., Poulsbo.

NKSD hosting Legislative Roundtable after special meeting, Nov. 25

November 25th, 2013 at 1:59 pm by Kipp Robertson
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Back-to-back meetings are scheduled in the North Kitsap School District Office Boardroom Nov. 25.

The evening will begin with a special school board meeting scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m, followed by a Legislative Roundtable from 7-8:30 p.m.

The special meeting is being held for the purpose of discussing the tax levy. The agenda can be found here. A presentation on the levy is here.

On Nov. 14, the school board approved to place a four-year maintenance and operations levy on the February 2014 ballot. The current levy expires at the end of 2014.

After the special meeting, the board will host the roundtable with Senator Christine Rolfes, and Representatives Drew Hansen and Derek Kilmer. The three will discuss education issues and hold a Q&A period. The North Kitsap and Bainbridge school boards will attend. The public is welcome.

Rolling Reader program has job openings

November 21st, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Kipp Robertson
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Hey, all you students in secondary education, there’s a job for you.
The Rolling Reader and STAR College Grant Program has tutor job openings at Poulsbo, Suquamish, and Wolfle elementary schools.
Rolling Reader has opening for qualified students from Kingston and Poulsbo middle schools, and Kingston and North Kitsap high schools. Students hired can earn money toward college.
Applicants must be at least 14 years old, have a 2.5 GPA, be fluent in English, pass a standard background screening check, follow school dress codes, and provide their own transportation.
The program is a college grant program that pays students $10 per hour to read with students who are reading below grade level. “STAR” tutors can earn $100 to $2,000 during the year towards their college or technical college tuition.
Last year, the program deposited more than $17,500 in funding to accounts for 42 STAR tutors.
To obtain an application for a tutor position, or find out how to be a donor to the program, contact Rolling Reader Coordinator Terri Day at tday@nkschools.org, or 360-396-3867.

School district forming community advisory committee

August 20th, 2013 at 9:53 am by Kipp Robertson
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North Kitsap School District administration is seeking residents of the north end of Kitsap to apply to a new advisory committee.

The Community Financial Advisory Committee will focus its efforts on long-range financial items and strategies that will help lead to recommendations to the school board.

Committee task and requirements will include:

  • Serving in an advisory role regarding long-range district financial items
  • Provide community perspective to the district in planning long-range financial strategies
  • Collaborate with the director of finance, business and operations in developing fiscal recommendations
  • Act as liaison to the community and facilitate at public town meetings
  • Review levy and bond election scenarios and provide recommendations

Committee members must reside within the district, become educated in school finance, and maintain a broad focus for the commitment of identifying funding to meet the needs of students.

Applications can be found here. 

School district budget study session and public hearing is Thursday, Aug. 8

August 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The public is invited to attend a study session on the 2013-14 budget for the North Kitsap School District.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the administrative building, 18360 Caldart Ave. NE., Poulsbo.

The study session will be about one hour, where board members will discuss the proposed budget. There will be no public comment during the session.

Following their discussion, the board will listen to public comment. The comment period is expected to begin at 7 p.m.

If approved, the 2013-14 budget includes about $63.9 million in expenditures. The district expects to receive about $64.2 million in revenue. The district recently received nearly $2 million in added revenue from the state, which, among the bonuses, allowed staff that received pink slips to be rehired.

The 2013-14 budget will be adopted Aug. 22 during the regular board meeting.

The board will also hear comment on management items, which includes a policy on community involvement and a discussion on allowing students to register for more than six periods of classes (also known as zero period, or seventh period).

The board will recess into executive session for about one hour before adjourning the meeting.

Board will make school closure decision Feb. 28; meeting is in the NKHS Commons

February 26th, 2013 at 3:33 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School Board meeting will be in the North Kitsap High School Commons Feb. 28 to accomodate the large number of people expected to attend.

The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. with a board study session. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The board is expected to vote on the school that will close, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

There will be seating for about 300 people, according district staff.

There will be one last chance for public comment on the school closure Feb. 27. The special meeting will be in the Poulsbo Middle School Gymnasium, 2003 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo. The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m., when the school board will immediately recess into executive session. The public comment period begins at 6 p.m.  Signup sheets for anyone who wants to address the board will be available at 5:50 p.m.

After the comment period Feb. 27, the board will hold a discussion on school closure, and then recess back into executive session.

The public has its third opportunity to listen to discussion, and comment on, the coming school closure decision in the North Kitsap School District.

Wolfle Elementary will be the main topic of discussion Wednesday, Feb. 20, during the third and final public hearing. The North Kitsap School Board will hold a study session from 5:15-6 p.m. The public hearing begins immediately after, from 6-7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave, Poulsbo.

The school board’s decision deadline to close a school is just over a week away. The five-member board is expected to announce which school it will close Feb. 28, during the regular school board meeting.

Breidablik and Gordon elementary schools are the other two schools on the closure list.

The closure will take effect for the 2013-14 school year.

Annual inter-tribal council/ school board meeting is Feb. 21

The school board and Suquamish and S’Klallam tribes will hold their annual inter-tribal council/ school board meeting Feb. 21.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish. The meeting will recess for approximately 30 minutes after opening remarks and before formal presentations are made.

Included in the agenda after dinner will be presentations on public law and education program reports.

There will be time for public comment following the presentations.

Board, community weigh in on school closure during first of three hearings

February 8th, 2013 at 2:54 pm by rwalker
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POULSBO — The community heard the “key factors” that will help the North Kitsap School Board determine which elementary school to close this year.

Board President Dan Weedin had the five-member board list the factors that would guide the closure decision during the first of three public hearings Feb. 7. The main focus of the meeting was Gordon Elementary, one of three schools on the list of potential closures.

School capacity, transportation, and overall cost and savings were the top items for Weedin. How much a school costs versus how much closing a school saves was one of the top factors for the board.

The board is expected to make its decision at its Feb. 28 regular meeting.

Two more public hearings are scheduled: Feb. 14, to consider the merits of closing Breidablik Elementary; and Feb. 21, to consider the pros and cons of closing Wolfle Elementary. The meetings begin with a board study session from 5:15-6 p.m., followed by a public hearing from 6-7 p.m.

Before the meeting started, most if not all the seats had been filled. The comment list was long for those in support of keeping Gordon open. Though each person received only three minutes to speak — the normal allotted time for comment at a board meeting — more than 10 people didn’t get a chance to speak publicly.

Gordon third-grade teacher Bethany LaHaie said the message from the staff at Gordon is: support. Community outcry about a school’s possible closure, she said, indicates all schools are doing a good job.

However, while programs and staff members can be moved if Gordon is closed, there are some school features that can’t be moved. Physical education instructor Tony Bainbridge talked about the school’s learning pods with moveable walls, and a multipurpose room that’s separate from the gymnasium. Fifth-grade teacher Terry Cowen talked about the money raised by the PTA for a sidewalk from the school to Barber Cut Off Road ($11,000), and a reader board ($4,800). Another speaker talked about more than $30,000 of community investment in the Gordon gardens.

School location came up more than once: Gordon is located within walking distance of Kingston Middle and Kingston High schools. Bobbie Moore, chairwoman of the Village Green Metropolitan Park District, said having a “three-school campus” is not an accident — it’s the result of 20 years of planning.

The school board decided to close a school after several years of enrollment declines and budget reductions. The district’s budget was cut by about $2.4 million by 2012-13. Staffing was reduced by 14.7 full-time equivalent positions — from 369.95 to 355.25 FTEs.

Closing a school is estimated to save the district between $300,000 to $500,000 per year, but actual savings are expected to be on the lower side.

A School Closure Committee met nine times between Aug. 28 and Jan. 14, and voted on three schools for closure consideration. Breidablik received the most votes (74), followed by Gordon (71). Though Wolfle had fewer votes (42) than Vinland (48), Vinland was removed from the list, as was Suquamish (32).

In an unofficial poll on North Kitsap Vikaneer, 82 people voted on which of the three schools should close. Breidablik received 59 votes, Wolfle 13, and Gordon 10.

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