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The North Kitsap School Board is holding a “study session” April 9 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss the proposed education program for the 2012-2013 school year.
The proposed program, which was originally on the list of action items during the April 12 board meeting, includes the recommended authority to cut 15 full-time equivalent certificated instructional staff. That staff includes teachers, specialists and support staff.
However, with a current “usable” attrition level of 11 FTE certificated staff for next school year due to retirement, resignation or leave of absence, the district needs to only cut four (4) FTE to meet the 15 FTE reduction.
It should be noted the educational program was proposed prior to the board holding off the decision to close a school for the 2012-13 school year. In the proposed program it states: “In order to achieve maximum potential savings in the event of the closure of an elementary school, the authorization to reduce certificated staff will include up to, but no more than, 4.00 FTE of Elementary Specialist staffing.”
The proposed cuts would increase class sizes by on student per classroom, per school, according to the document.
Cutting 15 FTE from certificated staff would bring the total number in the district from 370.98 to 355.78 (eliminating exactly 15.20).
The school district is looking at an estimated $1.3 million that needs to be cut from the 2012-13 budget. The shortfall estimate dramatically reduced from original estimates in February ($2.5 million).
The second of three superintendent finalists for the North Kitsap School District will hold a community meeting tonight at 7:45 p.m. in the board room at the district office, 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo.
Robert Kuehl will introduce himself and answer questions from the community. The meeting is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.
David Gray will be the last finalist to speak with the community, when he visits the school district Wednesday.
The North Kitsap School Board will hold three executive sessions March 5, 6 and 7 to interview finalist candidates for the superintendent position. Following each interview, a community forum will be held at 7:45 p.m. in the board room at the district office 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo.
This is a chance to meet each of the three finalists for the superintendent position, one of which could replace current superintendent Richard Jones. Finalists include David Gray, Bob Kuehl and Patrice Page.
The school board expects to make a decision on the next superintendent by March 19, following site visits of the current employers of the three finalists March 9-14. The new superintendent will begin July 1.
The majority of the agenda for Thursday’s North Kitsap School Board meeting is now available to view online. Included in the agenda is a budget status report that will be given by Chris Hatch, the district’s director of finance.
According to the status report, the ending fund balance including reserves was less than the budgeted estimate for December by $187,736. As of now, the projected revenues for the district is $59,138,648, where as the projected expenditures at $61,522,849. Including energy upgrade payments ($195,076) the district will exceed revenues by an estimated $2,579,277.
Other agenda items include a report from the Washington Schools Risk Management Pool (not available to view online), an update on the condition of facilities (not available to view online) and a discussion regarding the superintendent search.
The photo series that follows is of Adam Berger during the same snowboarding/sledding session that I photographed Wednesday.
Originally I did not plan to stay as long as I did. However, I felt like I should try and get a few shots from the top of the slope. I’m glad I did.
Here, Adam is seen performing a frontside 180. After sticking the landing, he was excited; to say the least.
Do you have your own urban snowboarding/skiing photos from the North Kitsap area? I want to see them. If I receive enough I will post a slideshow of reader photos online. Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight during the first school board meeting of the year Superintendent Richard Jones will recommend a committee is formed to “explore the cost-saving idea” of closing a school in the North Kitsap School District.
Enrollment has continued to decline in the district and is projected to do so again in the 2012-13 school year. State and federal funding is also expected to be reduced as well.
Of the 11 schools in the district, Kingston High School is the only school that exceeds school capacity, according to a document on the district’s website. Kingston’s capacity is 868, its current student enrollment as of November 2011 was 895.
The square-foot area per student allowed by the state is 90 for kindergarten through sixth grade; 117 for seventh and eighth; 130 for grades nine through 12. The square-foot area each student has in the district is 116.12 in K-5; 133.16 for grades sixth through eighth and 116.77 for high school.
The district reports if an elementary school is closed it would save an estimated $837,750. Individual savings include: utilities ($24,000), custodial support ($96,000), Maintenance and supplies (4,500), food services (35,000). As for staff saving: principal ($115,700), office staff (75,700), other support staff ($285,350), teachers (2) ($160,000), para-educators (2) ($41,500).
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The Kingston High School cheer program is currently seeking funding to send its seven cheerleaders down to Portland for the Portland Rose Festival.
A Junior Cheer Clinic is scheduled Jan.17-19 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in the Kingston Middle School Commons for children ages 6-13. The cost of the clinic is $60, which includes instruction, a T-shirt, pom-pons and a snack. Proceeds go toward sending the KHS cheerleaders to Portland.
Those who attend the clinic will also have the opportunity to perform with the KHS cheerleaders Jan. 20 at the KHS boys basketball game against North Mason High School.
“It’s kind of a big deal,” cheer coach Whitney Panzero said. “This will be the first time we will participate.”
Panzero hopes the cheerleaders are able to accompany the Kingston High School marching band, which will return to the Rose Festival this year. Panzero said the cost to send each girl down to Portland is $250 — $1,750 total. The cheerleaders will spend the first two days of June at the festival and return on June 3.
Parents of the cheerleaders will be required to make up for the difference if the fundraiser does not meet the monetary needs for the trip to Portland.
I attended the recent wrestling show at the Suquamish Educational Gymnasium (Dec. 10) for a story about Snohomish County resident Stevie Jonak. See this week’s sports pages in the North Kitsap Herald, out Friday, or online (www.northkitsapherald.com) for the story.
It was the first independent wrestling show I have seen. It was interesting.
There is one show per month at the Suquamish gym, which often is used as a fundraiser as well. During the Dec. 10 show, attendees could receive reduced tickets ($2) for bringing in cans of food. This food would later be donated to local food banks — I was told enough food was raised that night to fill a large, flatbed truck.
If I had to describe the wrestling show in one word, that word would be energetic. From the time the show started to the time it ended, not only were the wrestlers entertaining, but the audience itself was fun to watch. Wrestlers interacted with the audience, the audience interacted with the wrestlers. A moment that particularly stands out in my mind (and is among the images below) was when a particularly mean-looking wrestler with long hair and a beard tried to tear a chair away from a young girl. Seconds later, the wrestler gave up and the girl (who couldn’t have been older than 10) sat back down in her chair, victorious.
Independent wrestling may not be for everyone. But for a few dollars, it sure is entertaining.
The Kingston High School Buccaneer Band recently won $1,000 in the Schools of the Rock Battle of the Bands contest. The band performed “Everybody’s Everything,” by Santana. Contest winners were chosen via text message voting.
For those who missed Kingston’s entry, it can be found here.
To show the community its appreciation, the band and choir will hold a special performance Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Kingston High School Commons.
While perusing the Web Tuesday evening, I stumbled upon an interactive feature, which challenges visitors to balance Washington’s budget.
The calculator asks users to select from a range of cuts, subtracting those cuts from the state’s negative budget. In addition to removing the negative balance, new revenue will also be shown if cuts go deep enough.
Washington legislatures are faced with a $2 billion shortfall in the budget. Legislatures began a special section Nov. 28 to begin looking at potential cuts.
If you have time, run through the feature and then email me, Kipp Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know how you balanced the budget.