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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.


Wrong Reasons for Saying ‘No’ to the CKSD Levy

Friday, February 4th, 2011

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.


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


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.

CKKidsMatter


Video Explains Upcoming CKSD Capital Projects Levy

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The following video was recently published and helps to explain in logical, transparent detail why a vote to Approve the upcoming Central Kitsap School District Levy is a wise and prudent decision.

The members of the CK Kids Matter Group want to thank you for your careful considerations and support!

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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!

Follow Us on Facebook and Click ‘Like’ to Show Your Support!

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