Poulsbo & Beyond

An on-going conversation focused on the community of Poulsbo, fueled by local resident Rich Jacobson.
Subscribe to RSS
Back to Poulsbo & Beyond

Posts Tagged ‘central kitsap’

Vote ‘YES!’ for the CKSD Capital Projects Levy

Monday, January 24th, 2011

“Pay a little now, or pay a lot more later!”

That seems to be the prudent advice and sentiment being offered by many longtime residents of Central Kitsap County as the day (February 8th) quickly approaches for area voters to approve or disapprove the proposed Central Kitsap School District Capital Projects Levy.

Well-known local political activist Jack Hamilton expressed his opinions in a recent CK Reporter Op Ed, saying,  “Even though it may hurt a bit in these uncertain and tough economic times, failure to support this levy does have a clear and unmistakable negative impact on the ability of the district to provide the quality in education that we demand and that our kids deserve.”

Both the Kitsap Sun and Central Kitsap Reporter have voiced their support in passage of the levy.

CKSD Superintendent Greg Lynch and his capable staff have done a truly exceptional job of providing a very detailed and transparent analysis on their Capital Projects Levy Website, ensuring that the voting public can make intelligent, informed decisions.

As a local Central Kitsap resident/homeowner myself, I can certainly empathize with the fact that our current economic conditions makes such levy proposals difficult to swallow. Most of us are finding it increasingly challenging to make ends meet and desperately want to hold onto as much of our hard earned money as possible.

But the facts of this levy proposal should make our response overwhelming obvious. We simply cannot ignore the prudent investment of a small portion of our tax dollars now, or else face the consequences of paying out a much larger amount down the road.

Ballots for this levy proposition have already been mailed out and every vote matters!

Please join me in supporting our kids and the continuation of quality education in Central Kitsap by voting ‘YES!’ on the CKSD Capital Projects Levy on February 8th.

CKKidsMatter


CKSD Hosts Public Meetings for Critical Budget Issues

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Central Kitsap School District will be hosting four public meetings this month regarding development of its operating budget for next school year. Parents and community members are invited to attend to learn more about the budget process and to provide feedback.

The following meetings are scheduled:should-olympia-fully-fund-public-education?

Thursday, March 18th
5:00 pm-6:00 pm and 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Jenne-Wright Gymnasium
9210 Silverdale Way NW

Monday, March 22nd
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Klahowya Secondary School Auditorium
7607 NW Newberry Hill Road

Tuesday, March 23rd
6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Olympic High School Forum
7070 Stampede Blvd. NW

Based upon initial state budget proposals, CKSD could be required to reduce up to up to $4.3 million from its $115 million budget. However, the District will not know the full extent of its budget shortfall until the final state budget is released.

SCHOOL FUNDING FACTS
In an era of increasing expectations, high accountability and federal requirements, further state cuts to K-12 education will have a devastating effect on student achievement.

For more information, GO HERE.


“Everyday CK” – Creating Community Conversation in Central Kitsap County WA

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Welcome to the first inaugural post on the newest Kitsap Sun Reader Blog, Everyday CK

My name is Rich Jacobson, and I’ll be your tour guide, moderator, and occasional moving target, as we engage one another in meaningful dialog and constructive debate on issues relating to our beloved community known as Central Kitsap.Jeff-Brody

But first, before we begin, allow me to express a HUGE word of thanks to longtime local news legend, Jeff Brody, for his faithful posting on “Seeking Silverdale and Central Kitsap,” and for his incredible 21-year contribution of journalistic excellence to the communities of Kitsap County. We wish him the greatest success in his new role as Community Relations Director for Kitsap Regional Library.

And now, here’s the brief Reader’s Digest on Yours Truly:

My family has deep roots in Washington soil. My Mom was born out on the coast, along the edge of the Clearwater River, near Queets. Her parents later moved to Everett where her Dad was a tugboat captain. I remember spending several very memorable childhood summers in the Puget Sound area, including the World’s Fair in 1962.

Hood-Canal-WA-sunsetDuring my brief Navy career, my boat (USS George Washington SSBN598) pulled into the newly constructed Bangor Subase to on-load missiles. I can vividly recall standing watch topside along the shore of Hood Canal and being in awe of the majestic Olympic Mountains. Clear Creek Road was the main ‘north/south’ route back then, and Silverdale consisted of only a 4-way stop sign and Elsie’s. Since those days, in the back of my mind has always been the dream of one day returning to live in the scenic Pacific Northwest.

Just over 8 years ago, my family and I relocated to Silverdale from Lawrence, Kansas (Please, no Dorothy and Toto jokes!). I have had the good fortune of being a licensed real estate agent affiliated with Windermere here in Silverdale. My wife, Janice, is an elementary teacher in the Central Kitsap School District. 3 of our 4 kids have already graduated from Central Kitsap High School, and our ‘baby,’ Luke, just started 10th grade this past Fall.Crabbing-on-the-Hood-Canal-WA

I started blogging in 2005 through sites like MySpace and Blogger.com, but it wasn’t until I joined Activerain.com, a large social network/blogging platform for real estate professionals, that I really started to embrace social media. For just over a year, I served on staff at ActiveRain as a Community Manager. From there, I helped to create and co-author a local blog, SOUNDBITEBLOG, and later, a fun recreational pastime blog, CrabbingInTheHood.

It is my hope and intention for ‘Everyday CK‘ to become a place where local readers can find an engaging assortment of articles covering a wide range of issues/topics on the quality of life in Central Kitsap. From local business to school support levies, I will attempt to serve up consistently fresh content designed to inform and evoke your comments/opinions.


About This Blog

Everyday CK is an ongoing conversation focused on the community of Central Kitsap, fueled by local resident Rich Jacobson.