Daily Archives: February 18, 2014

District to purchase new buses

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Two new 70-passenger buses will arrive in time for the 2014-15 school year and another will arrive the following school year after the Bainbridge Island School District announced it received a $90,000 state grant to purchase the buses at Thursday’s school board meeting.

Cami Dombkowski, the district’s human resources director, told the board that she was initially expecting to receive a grant of about $40,000 from the state. Dombkowski said the state wanted to get all of the district’s buses that were from 1988 or older off the road, including a 1978 bus.

Dombkowski said the district will use the grant to help buy two $144,000 buses this year. Bainbridge Island School District has 30 buses total in its fleet. After the purchase of the new buses, the oldest bus that will remain in the fleet will be a 90-passenger bus built in 1985 that the district will continue to use for long trips.

Deadline Friday to apply for Bainbridge police’s Citizens’ Academy

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Friday is the last day for interested residents to submit applications to participate in the Bainbridge Island Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy, which starts Feb. 25 and runs through April 29.

The free 10-week academy will provide people with information about the functions of the department, ranging from traffic enforcement, criminal law and narcotics, as well as defensive tactics and investigations.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights with two optional Saturday sessions. The first class will be held at the police station, located at 625 Winslow Way E. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old, can make a 10-week commitment and willing to undergo a criminal background check.

Applications for the Citizens’ Academy are available on the Bainbridge Island city’s website or from the police department. Class size will be limited to the first 20 participants.

For more information, call the Bainbridge Police Department at (206) 842-5211.