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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,

Should the North Kitsap School District close a school to save money?

January 12th, 2012 at 3:35 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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).

What do you think? Take the poll attached to this post and email me,, with your thoughts. Or, write a letter to the editor.

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KHS cheer program seeking funding for Portland Rose Festival

January 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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.

Images from SCW/AIWF Fan Fest 5 | photo gallery

December 15th, 2011 at 3:12 pm by Kipp Robertson
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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 ( 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.


Kingston High School wins $1,000 in Battle of the Bands

December 5th, 2011 at 11:39 am by Kipp Robertson
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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.

How would you balance Washington’s budget?

November 29th, 2011 at 5:42 pm by Kipp Robertson
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While perusing the Web Tuesday evening, I stumbled upon an interactive feature, which challenges visitors to balance Washington’s budget.

The League of Education Voters “Budget Calculator” can be found here. 

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 ( and let me know how you balanced the budget.








Shiplet selected to manage Babe Ruth host team, baseball camps begin soon

November 22nd, 2011 at 4:37 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The host team for the 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series has a manager.

Russ Shiplet will manage the team for the baseball tournament in August. He was selected from a pool of 11 candidates after interviews with the Kitsap World Series Organizing Committee and approval from the Kitsap Babe Ruth Board of Directors.

Shiplet played amateur baseball through college at the University of New Mexico. He then began his coaching career as the baseball coach for Klahowya Secondary School. During his time as coach, he led his team to take the Olympic League title in 2000.

In 2001, Shiplet coached the first middle school baseball team at Kings West School and went on to work with the C squad, Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball teams. Later, in 2009 and 2010, he managed the American Legion summer teams, which consists of players throughout Kitsap County.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the manager for the World Series team,” Shiplet said. “I know I was competing against some well qualified applicants and I really appreciate the vote of confidence made by both the Committee and the [Babe Ruth] Board of Directors.”

A total of 10 teams will participate including: the North Kitsap host team, eight regional championship teams, Washington state champions. The host team will not be allowed to play in any postseason tournaments.

Mini-camps begin Dec. 10

With a host team selected, the search for players now begins.

Any 13 year old interested in playing on the team is encouraged to attend the baseball camps, which begin Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Zone Sportsplex. The camps will give Shiplet and advisors the opportunity to evaluate talent in the area.

Interested players can register by emailing or show up to the camp. The camp is free.

For more information regarding the 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series visit

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