Daily Archives: June 30, 2009

Seven Bainbridge teaching jobs saved by grassroots campaign

Seven Bainbridge teachers can trade in their pink slips for paychecks this fall.

In just over a month, Bainbridge school supporters raised over $200,000 to retain teachers laidoff during recent budget cuts. The donations – which came from yard sales, car washes and a few students’ piggy banks – will be combined with $50,000 the Bainbridge Schools Foundation raised last year and $250,000 it expects to raise during the next school year. The combined $500,000 will return seven teachers to their classrooms.

“The community has been unbelievably generous and helpful and inspiring,” foundation Executive Director Vicky Marsing said. “And it all happened in a very short time.”

Tuesday capped the five-week-long “Save Our Teachers” campaign, which was launched shortly after the Bainbridge Island School district announced it would layoff 17 teachers to help offset a $2.2 million budget shortfall.

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Rotary auction action

Check out the action at Saturday’s Rotary Club Auction and Rummage Sale in the above video and in a story here.

Over 20,000 people rummaged through 10-acres worth of cast-asides, hand-me-downs and whatchamacallits at Woodward Middle School’s campus.

Rotary estimated the event raised about $300,000. Last year’s event brought in about $350,000. The recession likely put a damper on spending this year, Rotary volunteers said.

Rotary devotes two-thirds of each year’s proceeds to community grants, scholarships for Bainbridge High School students and various local programs and projects. The remaining third helps fund Huney Grants, which are given to major nonprofit agencies. Last year’s recipients included the West Sound Wildlife Shelter and Hospice of Kitsap County.

Porn, sex items found stashed in elementary school’s ceiling

A cache of pornographic and sex-related items were found inside the ceiling of a portable classroom at Blakely Elementary School on Thursday, according to Bainbridge police.

The items were found by workers as they demolished the Blakely Avenue portable. The collection included six pornographic magazines, several pornographic VHS tapes, unused condoms, a dozen women’s panties and a 2001 hunting guide.

Dates on the items indicated that the cache had been left in the ceiling about eight years ago, police said.

The classroom had been used for music lessons and speech pathology work over the last eight years.

No teachers or current school staff are suspected of stowing the items. None of the pornographic items included depictions of children, police said.

Police are no longer investigating the incident. School officials intend to destroy the items.