Kitsap education news, Jan. 2 – 8

And now a roundup of this week’s education news in Kitsap and beyond.

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Chief Kitsap Academy basketball gaining steam
The Chief Kitsap Academy Bears are coming into their own. The basketball team, the first sports team at the tribal compact school, is now in its second year. The Bears’ two coaches George Hill III, 22 and We-laka Chiquiti, 19, are possibly the youngest high school coaching staff in the state.Bears

Paying for public schools remains a problem in 2016
As the short session start, legislators in Olympia are under the gun to agree on a complete overhaul of public education funding. Kitsap teachers who held one-day walkouts in the spring over pay, class sizes and testing held back on longer strikes in the fall but will be watching for signs of major progress.

Lawmakers from both parties and both houses announced Friday they may have a plan to fix the way the state pays for education. Getting legislators outside this bipartisan working group on board will be a challenge, said Christine Rolfes, D- B.I., a member of the group.

Bainbridge Montessori school eyes expansion
The Montessori Country School turns families away each year. Administrators at the private school on Arrow Point Drive hope to change that with an expansion that would combine its two campuses, add classrooms and increase enrollment from 115 to 145.

Seaquist formalizes run for state K-12 superintendent.
Former 26th District Rep. Larry Seaquist announced Thursday that he will run in November for state superintendent of public instruction, hoping to fix a system that is “slipping into crisis.” Seaquist says the law that replaces No Child Left Behind offers Washington State the chance to tailor public education to its own needs. Among the adjustments, Seaquist mentioned a “radical change” in testing.Seaquist

Speak Out Tuesday on South Kitsap Bond
There’s a public hearing set Tuesday on South Kitsap School District’s Feb. 9 bond ballot measure. The Port Orchard City Council wants to hear from the public before considering endorsement of the $127 million bond to build a second high school and make $2 million in technology upgrades at the existing South Kitsap High School
The hearing will be part of the council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 216 Prospect St.

Coming up next week: What local high school choir will be singing in Carnegie Hall this spring?

One thought on “Kitsap education news, Jan. 2 – 8

  1. Regarding educational news: It was news to me this week that the Kitsap Historical Museum is not allowed to contact history teachers. With all the schools in the county you might expect classes would be regularly touring the museum. The ESD requires all contact to go through them. It doesn’t appear that folks there appreciate this local gem.

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