Category Archives: South Kitsap Bond

Friday Afternoon Club: Cedar Cove to Pirate’s Den, Will the Real Port Orchard Please Stand Up?

Port Orchard, which recently portrayed the fictional town of Cedar Cove, will undergo another transformation Saturday and Sunday, with its Murder Mystery Weekend.
Landlubbers and pirates alike will follow clues throughout the weekend to discover who killed Capt. Zeke Black.
The B.O.O.M. (Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries) Pirates will invade the waterfront area in Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual event, filling the air with sea shanties, cannon fire and the sounds of other buccaneering business.
Here’s a look at last year’s event:

Besides the questioning of suspects and hunting for clues, highlights include a “Landlubber Dinghy Derby Race,” pirate ball, Fight-A-Pirate swordplay, costume contests and Pirate Ball.
Information: (360) 876-3505, http://www.portorchard.com.
Schedule:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Obtain clue packets (fees listed on chamber Web site).
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Marketfaire, Fight-a-Pirate Lessons, children’s activities.
11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Cannon Show.
12:30 p.m. Saturday: Landlubber Dinghy Derby Race
1 p.m. Saturday: Adult costume contest.
1:30 p.m. Saturday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Stunt Show.
2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: “Goonies” at Historic Orchard Theatre, 822 Bay St.; (360) 895-0564
4 p.m. Saturday: “The Coroner’s Report”
6 p.m. Saturday: Pirate’s Ball, Moondogs, Too, 714 Bay St.; (360) 895-2300.
9 to 11 a.m. Sunday: VFW pancake breakfast, waterfront gazebo.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday: B.O.O.M. Pirates Cannon Show
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday: Obtain clue packets.
Noon Sunday: Pirates Stunt Show.
12:30 p.m.: Kids and pets costume contest.
4 p.m. Sunday: The mystery is solved.

SKsd Board: No New Bond Through 2008

The board must address a half-million budget deficit.
The South Kitsap School District Board of Directors will not pursue a bond or capital projects levy in the upcoming school year, school board president Patty Henderson announced at a budget study session Wednesday.
“It’s not for lack of desire,” said school board member Kathryn Simpson.
Voters on March 13 turned down a $163.2 million bond proposal to build a second high school, replace South Colby Elementary and provide major technology and maintenance funding for all schools. Board members maintain the needs are still there, but their focus right now is just keeping the district afloat.
“Our concern is passing the levy in 2009. That’s what drives our district,” said Henderson.

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SK Board Taking a Bond “Breather”

The South Kitsap School District Board of Directors have agreed to give the public, and themselves, a break.
The board will not run a reconstituted version of the district’s failed $163.2 million capital facilities bond this spring. Instead, school board president Patty Henderson announced today, another bond election will wait until the general election in November.
Almost immediately after results of the election were posted March 13 — showing the measure had fallen about eight percentage points short of the required 60 percent super majority — some bond supporters pushed for running the measure again at the earliest possible opportunity in May. But after a work study meeting Wednesday, attended by about 40 community members, the board concluded that the voters they hope to reach would not be receptive to seeing the measure again so soon. In addition, board and community members who worked toward passing the bond over the past months said they are, in a word, pooped.
“We need to take a little breather,” said Henderson. “We don’t feel the momentum is there at this point. And the voters spoke pretty loudly.”
Read the compete story later today at the Kitsap Sun’s Web site.

The Voice of South Kitsap

I received a lengthy phone message from a caller who revealed “the real reason the South Kitsap levy (sic) didn’t pass.”

At the end of the message, he said, “I know your paper’s liberal, so you’re not going to print nothing, but now you know the rest of the story, like Paul Harvey. Thank you.”

Unfortunately, he didn’t leave his name. So, no, we can’t use his comments in articles on the Web or in print, because of the Kitsap Sun’s policy on anonymous sources. However, the rules of blogging being a tad more liberal (no play on the caller’s words intended), I’ll relay the gist of his message below, as I think he expresses a point of view we’re not going to hear from any organized (or at least semi-formal) opposition to the bond.

I present Mr. Voice of South Kitsap:

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Big Turnout for SK Bond Likely

If early ballot returns are any indication, voter turnout on South Kitsap School District’s $163.2 million bond proposal will be unusually high.
The bond issue will be decided Tuesday in the all-mail election, and ballots must be postmarked by that date to be counted.
As of Tuesday the auditor’s office had received nearly 36 percent of the 36,810 ballots mailed out in February. Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn estimates 50 to 55 percent of registered voters will weigh in on the proposal to build a second high school, replace South Colby Elementary and fund major upgrades and maintenance at all schools. That number is significant for a single issue ballot and indicates the high level of community interest in the measure, Flynn said.

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South Kitsap Bond Preview

South Kitsap voters will be asked to decide March 13 on a proposed $163.2 million school bond to build a second high school, replace the aging South Colby Elementary and pay for major repairs and upgrades to all existing schools. Ballots in the all-mail election must be postmarked by that date.
The amount requested in the bond is by far the largest ever asked of voters in the county and would be the largest school bond passed if approved.

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