North Kitsap Vikaneer
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or 360-396-3867.
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.