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CK Schools Need Our Help – Vote ‘YES!’ on Supplemental Levy

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Local Central Kitsap residents received their ballots by mail this past week for casting their vote in support of Central Kitsap School District’s Supplemental Levy.

Now I know what you’re thinking, didn’t we just pass a levy last year? Yes, we did, a Capital Projects levy for badly needed improvements and repairs to our schools facilities and systems. Voters turned out in resounding support of that levy.

And now, because our State legislators have chosen to ignore their statutory mandate/responsibility to fully fund public education, our local school district is left holding the proverbial budget short-fall bag to the tune of some $6.3 million dollars. Adding to their dilemma/misery, Federal heavy impact aid matching dollars were also recently removed.

Read more: Vote ‘YES!’ on CK’s Supplemental Levy

As a father of four children who have all passed through the halls of Central Kitsap schools, I have become a huge fan and supporter of the CK School District, their amazing educators, administrators, and board.

We are most fortunate to have Mr. Greg Lynch at the helm, especially during such difficult and economically turbulent times as these. Both Greg and Director of Finance, David McVicker, have done an incredible job, just short of miraculous, by anticipating and planning contingencies for just such situations. In fact, CK officials have trimmed over $14.6 million dollars from their budget over the past 5 years! Unfortunately, even with all their hard work and faithful stewardship, the present short-fall is still very large and daunting.

As a result, area residents are being asked once again to rise up to the ocassion, and support our nationally award winning CK schools!

We are being asked to vote ‘YES!’ in support of a 2-year levy that will raise $3.8 million in each year. This translates t0 $0.62 per $1000 of property valuation. For a house valued at $250K, that’s about $155, or approximately $13 per month. So maybe we can go without our Starbuck’s latte once a week?

Listen, I know times are tough. The last thing we need is yet one more drain on our already over-taxed wallets. But this levy is going towards covering basic educational and operational expenses. We’re not talking about debatable fringe or elective programs. This is basic stuff, the core of what makes our schools such amazing places of learning for our kids.

So please, make a very worthwhile sacrifice and investment in our children, and ultimately in our community as a whole.

Thank you for your support!

Rich Jacobson


Two CKSD schools make List of America’s Best High Schools

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Central Kitsap School District is one of the best districts in the StateTwo CKSD schools were recently named to the list of America’s Best High Schools. Central Kitsap High School (CKHS) earned a spot on the annual list of the nation’s top-rated public high schools for the ninth time, and Klahowya Secondary School (KSS) was listed for the second time in the school’s history.

Only 7 percent of all the public schools in the country made this year’s list, which was published by The Washington Post. CKHS ranked at 362 nationally, up 78 spots from last year. With a challenge index of 2.81, CKHS is celebrating the highest index score in its history and ranks in the top 2 percent of all public high schools nationally.

Klahowya ranked at 1,406 nationally, also up from last year. The school’s challenge index, 1.396, rose from last year, too.

Statewide, only 40 high schools (of nearly 500) appeared on the list. CKHS ranks sixth in the state, while KSS ranks at 28.

The list of America’s Best High Schools is based the “Challenge Index.” The formula divides the number of college-level (e.g., Advance Placement) tests a school gives by the number of graduating seniors. According to The Washington Post, while the scores are not necessarily a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing average students for college.

“I am proud to congratulate Central Kitsap High School and Klahowya Secondary School for this very visible and well-deserved recognition,” said Superintendent Greg Lynch. “This achievement did not happen by chance. These schools have worked hard to create an academically rigorous culture, and our students are most certainly rising to the challenge.”


Big Thanks for Supporters of CKSD Levy

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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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.


Local CK Residents Support CKSD Capital Projects Levy

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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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Help Support Quality Education Through Facebook

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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The organization, CK Kids Matters, is comprised of local residents and business professionals who are committed to the cause of quality education for students of the Central Kitsap School District.

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!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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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