An article was posted earlier today by the Kitsap Sun Staff
concerning tomorrow’s Central Kitsap School Board meeting where
district officials and board members will discuss and act upon a
resolution to make serious and significant teacher staffing
The board will hold a study session on the matter beginning at 5
p.m., then act on a resolution to make the cuts during the regular
board meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The board meets at the
district administrative offices in the Jenny Wright Building, 9210
District officials have effectively avoided laying off teachers
in recent years by being financially prudent and proactive. But
despite this year’s especially big budget cuts, it’s clear that the
district won’t be able to delay the inevitable. The district has to
cut $3.4 million from its $115 million operating budget.
A number of people commented on the article, offering some of
the typical ‘blame-shifting’ broad brush stroke criticisms, but
offering little, if any, constructive ideas or actions for
improving the situation.
It caused me to stop in the midst of my day and ponder,
“What can I do to make a difference?”
We look at these huge bureaucratic problems like budget
shortfalls and think they’re just to big and massive for us to make
any positive contribution/change.
I think of all the teachers who will soon be without a job –
people who have dedicated themselves to one of the most
time-honored professions – no longer using their passion and
training to help educate our kids. Where will they go, what will
And I think of our kids, forced into larger classroom sizes.
Remaining teachers having to do more with less.
Maybe now would be a good time for those of us who are able, to
volunteer in a classroom. We don’t have to be a rocket scientist,
just a willing helper. Read a book, help a student with their
homework, grade some papers.
And for those who can’t volunteer, a few letters or emails to
our elected representatives with some choice words about Olympia’s
need to reform the way it currently funds public education wouldn’t
One person may not be able to solve our budget woes, but we just
might be able to make a positive impact in the life of a student or
make a teacher’s job easier to manage!