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Big Thanks for Supporters of CKSD Levy

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The final ballots have been tallied and the voting public has spoken!

The Central Kitsap School District Capital Projects Levy has been approved!!!

We owe a tremendous debt of thanks to the members of the CK Kids Matter group for their tireless efforts, especially Jeannie Schulze, Wes Moore, and Bob Ramsey.

What a truly amazing ensemble of dedicated and concerned CK citizens who unselfishly pooled their talents/resources and focused them towards improving the quality of education for the students of the Central Kitsap School District!

I also wanted to express my great appreciation to our Superintendent, Greg Lynch, and Executive Director, David McVicker. The more I become better acquainted with these fine gentlemen, the more grateful I am for their gifted expertise, guidance, and leadership within the district.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of the residents of Central Kitsap County who voted in support of the capital projects levy. Our kids are indebted to you for your sacrifices in making the passage of this very critical levy possible.

Wrong Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the CKSD Levy

Writing a guest column in this morning’s issue of the Central Kitsap Reporter, Bremerton WA resident Tamara Gordy offers up her rationale for registering a ‘No’ vote on the current CKSD Capital Projects Levy.

(Ms. Gordy had previously submitted a similar Letter to the Editor for the Kitsap Sun).

For a number of reasons, I’ve been following this proposed levy very closely. I am a resident/homeowner in Central Kitsap; all of my kids have attended Central Kitsap schools (my youngest son Luke is a junior at CK High); and my wife is a teacher at Brownsville Elementary. So obviously, the health and vitality of our local school district is of major concern to me and my family.

And, as such, I am always interested and intrigued with the arguments that local residents offer in opposition to the proposed CKSD Capital Projects Levy. Times are tough, and I can greatly respect/appreciate the fact that people aren’t overly enthusiastic about having more of their hard-earned money taken away, even if it’s for a worthy expense, like public school facilities.

However, in her letter, Tamara Gordy states that, even though she has supported school levies in the past and believes that healthy schools are an investment in our community, the reason she is voting ‘No’ on this Capital Projects Levy is because the Kitsap County Elections Division decided not to mail a printed voter’s guide along with the ballot.

So, if I understand her correctly, the reason Ms. Gordy wants to deny our kids a safe and healthy classroom environment is because the County failed to provide a printed Voter’s Guide pamphlet along with her mailed ballot?

Excuse me? You want to disapprove badly needed repairs and improvements to our local classrooms because of something the County did or didn’t do? You want to jeopardize $31 million dollars of Federal matching funds because you didn’t get a Voter’s Guide? Really?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely vest much of my voting prerogative based on what I read in the Kitsap County Voter’s Guide. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate that the County puts it together for the general election. But the ballot issues are normally more complex and can’t be easily explained/presented in a short paragraph or two.

Fortunately, the school district has done an admirable job of providing very detailed information on the Capital Projects Levy and presents a very compelling and prudent case for supporting it’s approval.

Whether or not the County should have provided a printed Voter’s Guide along with the mailed ballots is up for debate. But to penalize the safety and welfare of our students and teachers as a result is nothing short of ridiculous.

CKSD Recognizes New National Board Certified Teachers

Fourteen educators (a record number for the district) were honored recently by the Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors for attaining the coveted National Board Certification.

Teachers who achieve this distinction must meet very high and rigorous standards through study, evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. The year-long process requires the creation of a very comprehensive portfolio that documents the impact of teaching practices on student achievement, as well as a series of tests designed to measure content knowledge.

The following CKSD staff members received National Board Certification:

Ken Allen, Woodlands Elem.
Brenda Costello, Esquire Hills Elem.
Amee Coulter, Esquire Hills Elem.
Donna Giese, Silver Ridge Elem.
Julie Gillies, Fairview Junior High
Cindy Jaquay, Green Mountain Elem.
Gina Kahler, Esquire Hills Elem.
David Keller, Central Kitsap JH
Steve Lee, Ridgetop Junior High
Catherine Pitcher, Curriculum Specialist
Barb Robillard, Silver Ridge Elem.
Jennifer Threadgold, Jackson Park Elem.
Deborah Vaughn, Silver Ridge Elem.
Bill Wilson, Central Kitsap JH

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) grants National Board Certification, which was recognized by the National Research Council as having a positive impact on student achievement, teacher retention, and professional development.

Since 1987, more than 91,000 teachers across the country have achieved National Board Certification. This year, 1,272 Washington teachers were certified, placing the state second nationally in new National Board Certified teachers. Washington’s 5,247 total National Board Certified teachers place the state fourth in the nation. Central Kitsap School District currently employs 43 National Board Certified teacher.

Normally, teachers who have successfully achieved their National Board Certification are granted a small annual stipend as an added bonus for their hard work and commitment to educational excellence. Unfortunately, our elected State Representatives (against voter approval) decided to suspend this stipend, and will most likely eliminate it completely in the future.

The Slow Death of Educational Excellence

Some recent committee decisions being handed down by our elected officials are sending a very troubling and disheartening message:

Olympia Doesn’t Care about Education
Olympia Doesn’t Care about Teachers
Olympia Doesn’t Care about Students

In a recent Kitsap Sun article, Rep. Kathy Haigh was reported to have introduced two bills into the State legislation that would further suspend two spending initiatives that had received overwhelming support by WA voters back in 2000.

Initiative 728 allocated money to reduce class sizes, provide training for teachers, and offer helpful resources for some pre-kindergarten children. I-732 provided annual cost-of-living raises for teachers.

Included in I-728 was funding for an annual stipend allocated to teachers who successfully passed the arduous National Board Certification process.

And now, thanks to our elected representatives, our class sizes will increase, making it more difficult for our kids to receive the personal attention they deserve. Greater demands will be placed on our teachers, but without compensating them for more work.

And already, it appears that this seemingly ‘temporary’ suspension will most likely become a permanent change in the years ahead:

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/jan/18/house-committee-doesnt-object-to-suspension-of/

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, and a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, recently made the following observations:

“Over the long term, the only way we’re going to raise wages, grow the economy, and improve American competitiveness, is by investing in our people — especially their educations.

Yet we’re falling behind. In a recent survey of 34 advanced nations by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, our kids came in 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading. The average 15-year-old American student can’t answer as many test questions correctly as the average 15-year-old student in Shanghai.

Considering the increases in our population of young people and their educational needs, and the challenges posed by the new global economy, more resources are surely needed.

State cuts in public education have been under the national radar, but viewed as a whole they seriously threaten the nation’s future. Already, 33 states have sliced education budgets for next year, on top of cuts last year. For example, Arizona has eliminated preschool for 4,328 children, and cut funding for books, computers and other classroom supplies. California has reduced K-12 aid to local school districts by billions of dollars and is cutting a variety of programs, including adult literacy instruction and help for high-needs students. Colorado and Georgia have reduced public-school spending nearly 5 percent from 2010, Illinois and Massachusetts by 3 percent. Virginia’s $700 million in cuts for the coming year includes funding for class-size reduction in kindergarten through third grade. Washington suspended a program to reduce class sizes and teacher training incentives.

Why have we allowed this to happen? Our young people — their capacities to think, understand, investigate and innovate — are America’s future. In the name of fiscal prudence we’re endangering that future.”

I urge our elected government representatives to reconsider the suspension of these two voter-approved initiatives, and make the necessary budget cuts in other areas that do not adversely affect our kid’s education.

Local CK Residents Support CKSD Capital Projects Levy

Local Central Kitsap County WA businessman and resident Bob Ramsay shares why he supports a ‘YES!’ vote on the upcoming CKSD Capital Projects Levy:

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Please show your support and appreciation for Central Kitsap Schools and Students by accessing the CK Kids Matter Facebook Page link below, and click the ‘Like’ button.

And don’t forget to vote ‘YES!’ on February 8th, 2011, to approve the CKSD Capital Projects Levy.

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Celebrate Central Kitsap School District!

Here’s a really great video that helps to hallmark many of the accomplishments made by the Central Kitsap School District over the past year…..

Remember to vote ‘YES!’ in support of the upcoming CKSD Capital Projects Levy in February 2011, and help to ensure quality education for the students of Central Kitsap County WA!

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CKSD Educator Robin Campbell Honored

This past week’s Silverdale Chamber of Commerce President’s Luncheon was yet another huge success. Even amidst the current economic challenges, local area businesses are finding great value in joining the Chamber and attending its various functions.

Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of the Chamber’s activities is recognizing and honored local educators within the Central Kitsap School District and bestowing their ‘Excellence in Education’ awards. Such was the case this past Wednesday.

Longtime Central Kitsap School District Educator, Robin Campbell, was the honored recipient this month.

With over 30 years of service to CKSD, Robin Campbell has functioned in a number of capacities, including: elementary teacher, learning specialist, district testing coordinator, high school math teacher, online teacher, athletic director and baseball coach.

Currently, Robin serves as coordinator of the Eastside Alternative High School Program, where he demonstrates tremendous energy and innovation in the classroom, infusing his students with tremendous motivation and instilling in them a desire for the joys of learning.

“Robin aids without reprimand, corrects without disparagement, and teaches by example,” said Richard Arena, alternative programs principal. “He is excellent in accessing student needs and implementing effective approaches to lessons. In fact, I have often suggested that teachers new to the profession, as well as tenured faculty members, observe his ability to connect students to learning. Overall, Robin is a leader, an inspiring teacher, a motivating colleague, and an extraordinary asset to our district.”

Robin received a heartfelt standing ovation by the Chamber members in attendance.

Central Kitsap School District is proud of its long-standing reputation for extraordinary staff and is pleased to congratulate Robin Campbell for this much-deserved award.

CKSD Needs Finance Committee Volunteer

If you follow my blog here on the Kitsap Sun, you know I’ve written several articles and commented on many others regarding the recent School Levy renewal in Central Kitsap and the difficult challenges facing our local school district administrators and education professionals.

Some of the other comments I’ve encountered were less than constructive and simply vented misplaced criticism.

Well, here is your opportunity to actively participate in the process and make a positive contribution!

The Central Kitsap School District is currently seeking a volunteer to serve as a community member on its Community Finance Committee.

This committee, appointed by the Board of Directors, is a vital link between the district and the community at large. Studying the financial affairs of the district and advising the school board is one of the best ways to learn firsthand about the challenges facing our school administrators and having a positive impact on the priorities of the school district.

“As we look ahead, our challenge is to focus our resources in the right places,” said David McVicker, executive director of business and operations. “The willingness of valued volunteers to participate and provide feedback is appreciated as we shape the future of our schools and advance our mission of All Students Learning Well.”

For anyone interested in this volunteer position, please contact the CKSD Business Office at (360) 662-1650 for application materials, which includes a copy of Board Policy 1240 that details a full understanding of the guiding principles, responsibilities, and operating procedures of the committee.

The first meeting of the 2010-11 Community Finance Committee will be held in September.

Rotary Silverdale Honors CK Students

I had the privilege of attending a luncheon today (courtesy of my good friend Jason Mayer) at Silverdale Beach Hotel for the Silverdale Rotary Club.

Before Jason invited me, I was absolutely clueless as to what the Rotary was all about. It all began in Chicago back in 1905. A local attorney started a service club that would ‘rotate’ their meetings from office to office, hence the name ‘Rotary.’ Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries, and pool their resources and talents to help serve communities in need. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto:  “Service Above Self.”

I was more concerned about being subjected to some kind of secret initiation rites involving black hooded robes and wooden paddles. Jason assured me it was safe.

What made this particular luncheon so enjoyable was that it was the Rotary’s monthly habit of honoring local high school students.  There were 8 students from Central Kitsap High and Klahowya Secondary School being recognized for school leadership,  academic excellence, and community involvement.

Greg Lynch, Superintendent of Central Kitsap School District, was on hand to offer words of praise and appreciation to both students and their parents in attendance.

We are fortunate to have local organizations like the Rotary who invest back into our community and make a global impact by partnering with organizations like Children of the Nations.

We are additionally blessed to live in a community that has one of the finest school districts in the State, and is comprised of such talented and committed educators!

Tough Times for Teachers

According to a Kitsap Sun article published yesterday, 17 education professionals in the Central Kitsap School District will receive their layoff notices today.

It’s a very sad and difficult time for our teachers, local school administrators, and school board officials, and especially for those individuals committed to the teaching profession who will soon find themselves unemployed.

As you pick up your kids from school today, give our teachers a word of thanks and encouragement. Write a note to Superintendent Greg Lynch and the members of our school board and let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work through the challenges of the past several years leading up to these tough decisions.

And lastly, send off a few emails to our elected representatives in Olympia imploring them to support badly needed reforms to the way in which our State funds public education.

Thanks!