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The North Kitsap School Board will take a look at the first of three schools on the school closure list Feb. 7 during a study session.
The meeting, open to the public, will allow the board to discuss Gordon Elementary as an option for closure. The meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. in the board room in the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave. NE, Poulsbo.
Gordon received the second-highest number of votes (71) for closure during the School Closure Committee’s final meeting.
The other schools on the list are Breidablik (74 votes) and Wolfle (42 votes).
In the first 45 minutes of the meeting, the board will discuss the possibility of closing Gordon. Then, from 6-7 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing, where anyone may address the board.
No action will be taken during this meeting, according to the district’s website.
A study session on closing Breidablik will be Feb. 14. The last session, to discuss closing Wolfle, will be Feb. 20.
The board is expected to make its closure decision during its Feb. 28 meeting.
As a reminder, Poulsbo Elementary was taken off the list of closure options earlier in the school year. Although Pearson and Vinland received more votes for closure, there are ramifications to closing either school, including:
— Pearson borders Central Kitsap School District, which means there is a greater chance the district will lose more students if it closes Pearson as parents opt out of attending NKSD. The district already has decreasing enrollment, which is causing budget cuts.
— Vinland is next to the largest area of Poulsbo currently being residentially developed. Liberty Hill is expecting 71 homes on 16 acres. The development is on Urdahl Road, less than one mile from Vinland. Poulsbo Elementary, too, has a large number of new homes being developed nearby. Poulsbo Elementary could not absorb on its own the projected amount of students (145.35) that could live in these homes.
Of course, the above are just examples.
There may be more reasons not to close a school. This is why the board is allowing residents to show up and have their voices heard. Maybe someone out there in the community has an idea that could completely reverse the board’s thinking on school closure.
Judging by the community forums Superintendent Patty Page has held throughout the school year, and the number of people attending school board meetings recently, these public hearings will be packed.
Missed the first school closure forum? You’re in luck, there is another tonight.
North Kitsap School District Superintendent Patty Page will host the forum in the North Kitsap High School Commons at 6:30 p.m.
The forum will provide guests with updates on the school closure committee’s work and to answer questions.
Page said the school closure committee is currently working on narrowing down the closure options it pursues. The committee is expected to narrow those options by the third forum.
The last two forums are Dec. 12 at the Kingston Middle School Commons and Jan. 16 at the Poulsbo Middle School Gymnasium. Both forums begin at 6:30 p.m.
The first of four school closure forums is tonight in the Kingston High School Gymnasium. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
During the forum, which is open to the public, Superintendent Patty Page will share the work of the School Closure Committee done so far, review the closure process, seek community feedback and answer questions, according to the district website.
The other forums are Nov. 7 in the North Kitsap High School Commons; Dec. 12 in the Kingston Middle School Commons; and Jan. 16 in the Poulsbo Middle School Gymnasium. All forums begin at 6:30 p.m.
In case you, the North Kitsap community, hadn’t heard; the North Kitsap High School marching band and color guard took first place Sept. 29 at the Peninsula Classic Marching Band Competition in the AAA Division.
North Kitsap’s performance, “Masquerade,” scored 74.30 in the finals. The score was enough to take first over Peninsula and Black Hills high schools.
The AAA Division is for those in the “large band” category.
The band also won “Best Music Caption” for having the highest music scores overall, according to band director Susan Peters.
The show, with music from the “Phantom of the Opera,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at North Kitsap Stadium. The show is free and open to the public.
The band’s score in an improvement over 2011, when it placed third with a score of 63.28.
The performance Oct. 12 is the annual Community Performance Night, and will be a chance for the band and color guard to practice before heading to a competition Oct. 13 in Tumwater.
Those who attended the North Kitsap homecoming football game Oct. 5 had the opportunity to see the award-winning performance. Below are a few images prior to the game and during the performance itself, during halftime.
Hey football fans, the North Kitsap Athletic Boosters are offering the chance for community members to go to the Vikings first game Aug. 31 at Archbishop Murphy High School.
The boosters are looking to reserve a tour coach bus by Aug. 29. There must be a commitment of 60 people.
The cost is $25 per person for ferry and transportation fees.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Archbishop, 12911 39th Avenue Southeast, Everett.
There is a lot of excitement out at Gene Lobe Fields at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.
The 13-year-old Babe Ruth League World Series is well under way, with teams continuing pool play until Aug. 20.
During the Kitsap County All-Stars’ first game against Bryant, Ark., Aug. 15, after the opening ceremony, Bryant player Jake East put himself in quite the pickle. This was an exciting moment that got the whole crowd riled up and one of my favorite moments so far in the world series.
Jake was looking to steal third. The young player is quick, and he had a good lead off second. The pitch was thrown. Jake was off.
Unfortunately for Jake the ball made it to third quicker than he would have liked. What followed was a game of pickle between Jake and the majority of the All-Stars. Jake scrambled between second and third multiple times before making a final attempt at returning to second. The All-Stars were just too many as they covered the base, tagging Jake out.
Breathing heavily, Jake brushed himself off and returned to the dugout. Jake would be back though, scoring one of nine runs to defeat the All-Stars that night.
Coverage of the Babe Ruth World Series continues. The All-Stars play their third game against Westfield, Mass. at 7 p.m. tonight.
Below are a few images I captured during the rundown with Jake East.
The North Kitsap School Board is holding a special meeting/ public hearing on the 2012-13 budget at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
The meeting will take place in the board room in the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave, Poulsbo.
Anyone is welcome to attend and address the board.
A total of $1,075,681 in expenditure cuts is being considered by the board tonight, along with potential revenue sources, such as participation fees and advertising.
For staffing cuts, a total of 8.449 FTE in basic education are on the list of cuts in the budget summary. That includes 7.1 in certified positions and 1.349 in classifieds. However, staff is also being added to other areas and, according to the budget draft, there would be a total of 9.227 FTE teaching staff cut.
A full list of staffing cuts can be found on pages 12 and 13 of the budget draft.
The budget draft also includes cutting: bus drivers (-2.789 FTE), counselors (-1.194 FTE), learning resources (-1.327 FTE), student records/ campus security (-1.375 FTE)… among others.
If approved, the board will adopt a general fund of $62,895,921; associated student body fund of $1,345,040; debt service fund of $10,351,640; capital projects fund of $715,500; and transportation vehicle fund of $641,516.
The budget and all cuts are not final until the board adopts the budget.
The Kingston High School band is staying busy.
Tonight, May 8, the band will play a concert from 7-9 p.m. in the Kingston High School Commons. It is a dedication concert for a baby grand piano, which was donated earlier this year. The concert’s highlight will feature a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” with North Kitsap High School graduate Mark Stevens on the piano.
Tomorrow, May 9, the marching band will — surprise — march through Kingston prior to a McDonalds “McTakeover.” The band will begin the march from Gordon Elementary at 5:15 p.m., heading down West Kingston Road. The band will make a stop at the Village Green Park, before going up to the restaurant.
The march through Kingston is in preparation for this year’s performance at the Portland Starlight Parade June 2.
It looks like the possibility of a school closure for the 2012-13 school year is once again a topic of discussion.
Tonight the North Kitsap School Board will resume the discussion. The school board meeting begins at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The continued talk between board members was requested in order to give Board Director Scott Henden an opportunity to weigh in on the topic. Henden was absent during the last regular meeting, when the board decided to take more time to consider a closure.
Along with allowing Henden to discuss a possible closure, both the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and Capital Facilities Advisory Committee have requested the board reconsider a school closure for next year.
The memo from superintendent Richard Jones to the school board is here.
When the North Kitsap Vikings soccer team steps on their home field April 24, they will be involved in two fights.
The Vikings will play North Mason at 6:45 p.m. at the North Kitsap High School Stadium, while supporting LIVESTRONG and raising cancer awareness.
The Vikings will wear yellow in memory of those on the team who have lost family to cancer. Donations will be taken during halftime.
Alternatively, visit http://laf.livestrong.org/site/TR?team_id=2383&fr_id=1201&pg=team to donate.
The team’s fundraising goal is $500. According to their website, the Vikings have raised $77 so far.