School is out for the summer and the Sun’s education blog is taking a little summer hiatus too. Have a great July everyone. See you in August.
School is out for the summer and the Sun’s education blog is taking a little summer hiatus too. Have a great July everyone. See you in August.
The North Kitsap School Board will consider a newly configured
administration at its board meeting Thursday.
The proposal will be up for discussion but the board will not take action. The meeting will held at NK’s central office, 18360 Caldart Ave, beginning at 7 pm.
Two positions in the administration that are currently executive director-level, human resources and teaching and learning, will be elevated to assistant superintendent. The human resources position is held by Chris Willits. The teaching and learning is held by Shawn Woodward. If the change occurs, Willits’ salary will increase from $105,000 to $120,000; Woodward’s from $112,000 to $120,000.
Two more new administrative positions, director of secondary education and director of elementary education, will also be discussed. Bremerton High School Principal Aaron Leavell has been hired for secondary leadership while Pearson Elementary Principal Patricia Moore has been hired for the elementary position. Both will be paid $115,000.
The district has also eliminated two executive directors’ positions, for finance and student support services, as well as a director of assessment and an assistant director of learning services.
District spokeswoman Chris Case said Superintendent Rick Jones wants to re-arrange the administrative structure based on the recent work of a management consultant.
BREMERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
It is agreed by and between the Board of Directors of the
Bremerton School District, located in Kitsap County in the State of
Washington, (hereinafter referred to as the Board) and Lester
“Flip” Herndon that the Board, in accordance with its action at its
regular meeting on the day of April, 2009, does hereby employ
Lester “Flip” Herndon (hereinafter referred to as the
Superintendent) as Superintendent of the Bremerton School District.
This employment is for a three year period, commencing July 1, 2009
and ending June 30, 2012.
1. The Superintendent agrees to faithfully perform the duties of the Superintendent of Bremerton School District as prescribed by the laws of the State of Washington and by the policies, rules and regulations made there under by the Board. The annual salary of $141,500 shall be paid in equal monthly installments in accordance with the normal payroll procedures of the District. The salary increase for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 will be consistent with the state-funded COLA as allocated by the legislature.
2. The Superintendent agrees to devote the Superintendent’s
time, skill, labor and attention to the duties of the
Superintendent of the Bremerton School District. During the term of
the agreement, the Superintendent will be subject to discharge for
3. The Superintendent will be expected to maintain a primary or secondary residence within the Bremerton community, This will allow him to spend the majority of days and nights in Bremerton. It is expected that the Superintendent will be an active community member.
4. The Superintendent may, with prior Board approval, engage in consulting, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, or other business activities during non-contractual time (vacation, holidays, authorized leaves, and non-duty evenings or weekends) provided that such activities are not detrimental to or in conflict with the Superintendent’s performance of duties under this Agreement, and provided that the Superintendent shall not use District staff, equipment, or supplies in furtherance of such other activities.
5. The Superintendent, with Board approval, may attend appropriate professional meetings at the local, state, and national level. Reasonable expenses incurred shall be paid by the District. The District shall pay dues and association fees for the Superintendent’s membership in the Washington Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Administrators, and other professional and community groups or associations specifically approved by the Board.
6. The Superintendent shall organize the administrative and
supervisory staff in a manner which, in the Superintendent’s
judgment, best serves students in the Bremerton School District.
The responsibility for selection, placement, and transfer of
personnel shall be vested in the Superintendent.
7. The Superintendent shall join with the Board of Directors of the District in establishing specific goals, objectives, and timelines, against which the performance of the Superintendent shall be measured and evaluated. The Superintendent shall work with the Board to develop these goals, objectives, and timelines, in writing, subsequent to June 30th of each year. The Board may make additions, deletions or modifications, and shall, on or before September 1st of each year, adopt a final written list of the goals, objectives, and timelines containing such specificity as they deem is reasonably necessary to measure and evaluate the performance of the Superintendent and to meet the needs of the public. The Board and the Superintendent may, by written agreement, amend any goals, objectives, and timelines, in whole or in part, during each contract year. The Superintendent shall submit to the Board a recommended format and procedure for the evaluation. The Board shall give the Superintendent advance notice of the final approved format and procedure before beginning the evaluation of the Superintendent. It is mutually agreed that the Superintendent’s job performance will be evaluated twice yearly by the Board with the results of this evaluation to be made known to the Superintendent, provided that the Superintendent shall remind the Board of this duty by February 1 and June 1.
8. It is further agreed that the contract of the Superintendent will be reviewed by the Board annually, or before its anniversary date, to consider:
A. Whether a contract extension should be awarded, or whether the ongoing contract, for expressed reasons, should continue toward its maturity; and
B. An adjustment in the contracted salary, provided that the annual salary shall not be reduced below the salary in effect at the time of review.
Any upward adjustment in salary made during the life of this contract shall be in the form of an amendment and shall become a part of this contract, but it shall not be considered that the Board had entered into a new contract with the Superintendent or that the termination date of the existing contract has been extended.
9. Except as may be inconsistent with other terms and conditions provided herein, the District shall make available to the Superintendent those leave allowances, holidays, and insurance benefits ,including medical, dental and vision insurance, as the District provides to its other certificated employees by contract or policy.
10. The Superintendent shall have thirty (30) days of paid vacation per year, to be used upon prior notification to the Board. Up to ten (10) unused vacation days earned during any one year may be carried over from year to year to a maximum of thirty (30) carryover days. The Superintendent may elect to cash out up to ten (10) unused vacation days at the rate of 1/218th of the Superintendent’s salary prior to June 30 of each year. Upon termination of employment, unused vacation will be compensable at the rate of 1/218th of the Superintendent’s salary, to a maximum of thirty (30) days or such fewer days as may be necessary so that the District avoids any attendant financial penalty or additional cost for such buyout. Vacation accounting will be on a first-in, first-out basis.
11. The Superintendent shall have a comprehensive medical examination by a physician of the Superintendent’s choice every two years. Following such examination, the Superintendent shall arrange to have the physician send to the Board President a confidential report generally describing the state of the Superintendent’s health. The cost of the medical report and the examination shall be borne by the District if not covered by the Superintendent’s medical insurance.
12. The Board shall reimburse the Superintendent for all reasonable and prudent expenses for all business travel, outside of Kitsap County, at the rate of the most cost-effective method of travel for the particular trip, in accordance with Board policy as now or hereafter amended. In lieu of other expense reimbursement for travel within Kitsap County, the Superintendent shall receive $400 per month to defray the costs incurred in using the Superintendent’s automobile for official travel. (Pursuant to RCW 42.24.090, it is the determination of the Board that this means of reimbursement is less costly than providing a District automobile to the Superintendent.)
13. In addition to all other compensation provided in this
contract, the Superintendent shall be entitled to twelve (12) days
of supplemental pay, to be paid on a per diem basis, in recognition
of time spent in service to the District beyond that which would be
part of a normal work day/ week/ year. The per diem rate shall be
1/218th of the annual salary applicable at the time. The
supplemental payment shall be calculated and paid to the
Superintendent no later than June 30 of each contract year.
14. The Board agrees to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s spouse, from any demands, claims, suits, actions, and legal proceedings brought against the Superintendent, arising out of the performance, or failure of performance in good faith of duties for, or employment with the District, except for criminal matters, or when payment for such costs or judgment is determined to not be allowed by RCW 28A.320.100 as now or hereafter amended.
15. If, during the term of this contract, it is found that a specific clause of the contract is illegal under federal or state law, the remainder of the contract not affected by such a ruling shall remain in force.
16. This contract represents the total agreement between the parties regarding the employment of the Superintendent by the Board, and there are no verbal agreements which modify its terms.
17. This agreement shall be subject to all statutes governing the public schools of the State of Washington, to all policies, rules, and regulations of the State of Washington, to all policies, rules and regulations of, and agreements with, the District’s Board of Directors existing at the effective date of this agreement, and, except where inconsistent with the express terms hereof, any future policies, rules, and regulations of said Board.
Accepted this day of April, 2009
Cynthia Galloway, President Date
Bremerton School District Board of Directors
Under a three-year contract, new Bremerton School District Superintendent Flip Herndon will be paid $141,500 annually, receive a $400 a month transportation allowance and 30 days paid vacation each year. The contract was approved by the Bremerton School Board Thursday night.
In comparison, former Bremerton Superintendent Bette Hyde earned about $130,000 in the 2007-08 school year. Also, new Port Angeles superintendent Jane Pryne, who district is slightly smaller than Bremerton, will earn almost $139,000.
Herndon’s salary is less than I anticipated. Several months ago when Bremerton School Board members were interviewing potential search consultants, one consultant estimated that the district would have to pay the new superintendent upwards of $160,000.
Herndon’s contract also specifies he must maintain a primary or secondary residence in the community. “This will allow him to spend the majority of days and nights in Bremerton. It is expected that the Superintendent will be an active community member,” the contract states.
Herndon is also required to have a thorough medical exam every
two years and to forward a report about the exam to the board.
Further, the contract states: “The Superintendent may, with prior Board approval, engage in consulting, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, or other business activities during non-contractual time (vacation, holidays, authorized leaves, and non-duty evenings or weekends) provided that such activities are not detrimental to or in conflict with the Superintendent’s performance of duties under this Agreement, and provided that the Superintendent shall not use District staff, equipment, or supplies in furtherance of such other activities.”
Community members will recall that former Superintendent Bette Hyde used district staff time to prepare for a conference in Hawaii where she gave a presentation. After an investigation, Hyde later had to reimburse the district for staff time. Read more about that controversy here. Looks like this clause will help the district avoid another situation like that.
I hope to have more on the contract later today.
Bainbridge school supporters are trying to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars by the end of June to save the jobs of some teachers who were laid off. For background read this story and this story.
I talked with Vicky Marsing, executive director of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, about the appearance of the fundraising. Does it seem inequitable when a community like Bainbridge raises private money to restore teachers when other, less-affluent communities probably can’t do it?
Marsing pointed out that at $9,055 (2007-08 numbers) Bainbridge’s per-pupil funding is among the lowest locally (Bremerton gets about $9,600, for example)and lower than much of the state. You can see per-pupil amounts on OSPI’s website here.
“In many ways we already have an inequity going on here,” said Marsing. “We get significantly less dollars from the state than our neighbors do.”
Marsing added that Washington needs to solve its education funding problem ” at a legislative level and we need to demand equality across the board from everybody’s perspective.”
Candidates who want to file to run for Melanie Mohler’s seat on
the North Kitsap School Board can do so this week.
After lone filer Sharon Ferguson withdrew her candidacy last week, the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office opened up another filing period that begins Tuesday at 8 am and ends Thursday at 5 pm.
The auditor’s office is compelled to open the special filing period by Washington state law.
Mohler, who is not running for re-election, serves in Director Position 3. The four -year term would begin in December. Any registered voter residing within the district is eligible to file for this office. Check here for a map showing the boundaries of the district. For additional information, please contact the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office – Elections Division at 360 337-7128.
Local mom Patty Bauer celebrated two graduations on Saturday. Her daughter, Amanda, graduated from the University of Washington. Her son, Mackensy, graduated from Klahowya. But as Bauer told a Sun reporter on Saturday, she celebrated so much more.
Amanda, 22, skipped her UW graduation ceeremony to attend
“She knows how special it is to graduate high school and she wanted to be there for her brother,” Bauer said.
The siblings plan to get an apartment in Seattle next year, Bauer said, so that Mackensy can go to technical college and Amanda can study for her master’s degree.
I heard Tuesday that Sharon Ferguson, who filed to run for the North Kitsap School Board seat currently held by Melanie Mohler, would withdraw her name from the ballot. Ferguson confirmed this morning that she will withdraw. A retired NK teacher, Ferguson said she had second thoughts about the time commitment and the four-year term required of board members.
“It’s important work,” said Ferguson, “it’s very important work, maybe just not my important work.”
Ferguson taught in North Kitsap schools for almost 35 years, directing 67 drama productions over the years, before semi-retiring in 2003. She still teaches some AP courses and has assisted with drama productions at the junior-high level.
Officially, Ferguson has until Thursday at 5 pm to rescind her candidacy. When official paperwork is received, the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office will determine when another filing period will be opened, probably in the next week.
Ferguson filed for the position on June 5, the final day of filing for candidates. “I had a lot of community support and people calling me,” she said. “It was a hard decision to make.”
Over the weekend, though, she had second thoughts. Now, she’s working on finding a replacement candidate. If no candidate emerges, the seat will be removed from the November ballot and, in accordance with state law, Mohler would be asked to serve until the next general election in two years. If she declines, the remaining members of the school board would appoint someone to serve in the seat.
The boundaries of District 3 run along Port Madison Bay and Agate Pass from Sandy Hook Road in the south to Gunderson in the north. Mohler has represented District 3 since 2005. She is not running for a second term.
Newsweek released its annual list of the top high schools in the country. Area schools on the list are Central Kitsap High School at #323 and Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor at #1451.
At #323 CKHS stayed in the same general area it’s been since 2003, when it debuted on the list at #436. At #1451 Peninsula has fallen a bit since it first appeared on the list in 2006.
The rankings are compiled by Washington Post education reporter Jay Matthews and a lot of the “formula” hinges on the number of AP classes students take and pass. Numbers of free and reduced lunch students are also taken into account.
I’m working on a story this week about graduating high school seniors and asking whether their future plans have changed based on the economic downturn. Maybe your college fund has taken a financial hit and you’re delaying further education for awhile? Or maybe your parents have had their work hours scaled back and can’t help you out with tuition as promised? Or maybe you’ve decided on a different major that will make you more employable in four years?
Leave a comment on this blog entry or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how we can get in touch. I’ve talked to some seniors but would love to chat with a few more. Thanks so much.
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