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School district book sale canceled

August 18th, 2014 at 1:54 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School District’s surplus book sale is canceled.

The sale was scheduled for Aug. 19-20 at Breidablik Elementary.

District administration will meet with S’Klallam and Suquamish tribe leaders Aug. 7

August 5th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by Kipp Robertson
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LITTLE BOSTON — The North Kitsap School Board and S’Klallam and Suquamish tribe officials will meet Aug. 7 to review Indian education policies and procedures.

The meeting is scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. in the Port Gamble S’Klallam Longhouse.

The meeting begins with opening remarks, followed by about a 30-minute recess for dinner.

The meeting will reconvene with a discussion on Impact Aid, Native American Programs, and funding. There will be recommendations made by the tribes to the district, as well as discussion.

Public comment will follow the planned agenda.

Those present will include Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan, Suquamish Tribal Council member Wayne George (tentative), North Kitsap School District Superintendent Patty Page, and North Kitsap School Board President Dan Weedin.

School board retreats scheduled for end of July

July 23rd, 2014 at 3:35 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School Board will meet July 29-31 to discuss the budget, and a whole lot more.

The retreats will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the board room in the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo.

There are 16 specific items on the agenda for the retreats, with “other” as a 17th item.

An update on the budget is the first item on the list, followed by open public meeting act and public record act training, strategic plan, board goals and evaluations, and planning.

For the whole list, click here.

The retreats are the last time the board is currently scheduled to meet until Aug.21. During the Aug. 21 meeting the board is expected to approve the 2014-15 budget.

Superintendent Patty Page’s evaluation and contract will be the topic of discussion during a special executive session June 18.

The North Kitsap School Board will hold the special meeting 8-9:30 p.m. No action will be taken.

The board already extended Page’s contract to June 2017. The board extended it in February.

The executive session June 18 will be used to discuss the remainder of contract negotiations.

School district wants input to help plan for the future

June 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School District is asking the north end community to provide feedback for a strategic plan that will be used to help guide decisions and create goals and plans.

A survey is available on the district’s website, which can be accessed here.
The survey takes about five minutes and is multiple choice.

Once the survey is complete, a planning team will meet in late June to analyze the data from the survey and meetings, which were held in May. The team will create three to five “strategic directions” for the school district.

The survey is open through midnight of June 16.

School board will vote on contract to replace Gordon’s roof

June 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am by Kipp Robertson
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The North Kitsap School Board is being asked to approve a contract with Tremco Incorporated to replace the Gordon Elementary roof.

If approved, the roof replacement will cost the district $391,136.76, plus tax. The work will be done by Weatherproofing Technologies Inc., a branch of Tremco, which submitted the lowest bid for the project.

The board will vote on the contract during the regular board meeting on June 11 in the administration building at 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo.

Replacing Gordon’s roof was expected as the next big building project. As reported in March, Dave Dyess, the district’s director of facilities and maintenance, hoped to have work done on the roof before the 2014-15 school year.

If the contract is approved, it will be the second roof replacement project in less than two years. The district had extensive work done on Vinland Elementary’s roof the summer of 2013.

Below, a photo taken in March of a portion of Gordon’s roof — above the faculty lounge — which is covered in tarp to help prevent leaks.
The tarp can be seen from above using Google Maps (click here for the satellite image).

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Board will be asked to add JV football, cross country to middle schools

May 19th, 2014 at 3:13 pm by Kipp Robertson
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District administration is asking the North Kitsap School Board to add JV football and boys and girls cross country programs to Poulsbo and Kingston middle school, if the budget allows it.

The 2014-15 athletics and activities program offerings will be presented to the board during the May 22 meeting.

The additions would “enable the schools to have more participation” and would “help to grow our programs at the high school level for a relatively small amount of money.”

The recommendation comes from Patrick Olsen, the district’s athletic director and director of career and technical education.

According to the recommendation, each cross country team would have one coach. The football programs would have one head coach, and three assistant coaches.

The school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., May 22, at Kingston Middle School.

Report: KHS is in top 7 percent of high schools in nation

April 29th, 2014 at 2:37 pm by Kipp Robertson
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For the second year in a row Kingston High School has achieved a high ranking on the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools List.

Kingston is ranked 1,545 out of 19,411, nationally. In the state, Kingston is 39th out of 480 schools.

Schools are selected using a comprehensive methodology, which is based on the key principals that a high school must serve all of its students well, and be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body, according to information released by the North Kitsap School District.

Click here to find out more about the report, or view the entire list.

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.

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