Additional notes from April 23 NK Closure Committee meeting

Reporter Amy Phan writes:

The big news that came out of Monday night’s North Kitsap School District closure committee meeting was that school board members would revisit the idea of closing a school next year, even though they decided two weeks earlier to hold off on the idea until next year.
The bulk of Tuesday’s story was devoted to this announcement, and left a lot of the discussion among group members out.
But I wanted to summarize some of the interesting things the closure committee discussed that night as well.

They examined how much closing Breidablik Elementary would save if the district moved the school’s population of about 330 to four other schools: Poulsbo, Wolfle, Pearson and Vinland. District administrators said they picked the four schools because even with the added students from Breidablik, the four schools still had capacity for more students. The communities around Suquamish and Gordon elementary schools are expected to grow, administrators said, and adding more students to those schools next year would reach the buildings’ maximum capacity.
Two informal votes taken by the committee have indicated that Breidablik as the top choice to shutdown.
If Breidablik were to close, administrators ran a closure scenario that distributes Breidablik’s students to 52 to Wolfle, 140 to Vinland, 78 to Poulsbo and 63 to Pearson.
Under the distribution model, North Kitsap administrators said the district would save around $21,000 in transportation costs, from $140,811 to $119,800.
The transportation savings would be in addition to buildings savings, which administrators estimated to be between $700,000 to $800,000.
Dorothy Siskin, director of special services for the district, which includes special education programming, told closure group members Breidblik’s special education students would be split between the four schools as well. Seven would go to Wolfle, 23 to Vinland, 12 to Poulsbo and 10 to Pearson.
The district would likely need to require two 0.5 certified positions to handle the additional special needs population schools.
During Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Rick Jones said there would be two closure meetings left for this school year. It is expected that closure members will continue their work next fall.

Stay up-to-date with what the group is doing here: http://www.nkschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=2482&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=1332&PageID=1.

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