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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,

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.

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