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The rundown: One World Series player and his attempt to steal third | Kipp’s Corner

August 17th, 2012 at 4:00 am by Kipp Robertson
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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.


Public hearing on NKSD 2012-13 budget tonight | Meeting reminder

July 31st, 2012 at 11:09 am by Kipp Robertson
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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. 

KHS band holding concert May 8, downtown march May 9

May 8th, 2012 at 12:44 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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.

School closure once again up for discussion | Meeting reminder

April 26th, 2012 at 2:57 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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.


Vikings soccer helping fight against cancer

April 23rd, 2012 at 9:34 am by Kipp Robertson
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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 to donate.

The team’s fundraising goal is $500. According to their website, the Vikings have raised $77 so far.

School board will study 2012-13 educational program Thursday | Meeting reminder

April 17th, 2012 at 2:42 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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).

Second superintendent finalist speaking tonight, 7:45 p.m. | Meeting reminder

March 6th, 2012 at 2:39 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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.

Last night, Patrice Page addressed the community after touring the school district. Page’s resume can be found here.

David Gray will be the last finalist to speak with the community, when he visits the school district Wednesday.

Community forums follow superintendent interviews this week | Meeting reminder

March 5th, 2012 at 10:10 am by Kipp Robertson
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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.

Thursday’s school board meeting will include budget status report

January 24th, 2012 at 9:57 am by Kipp Robertson
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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.

A little more urban snowboarding in Poulsbo

January 20th, 2012 at 9:58 am by Kipp Robertson
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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,

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