BOARD Notes North Kitsap School District Board of Directors Newsletter
Welcome to Board Notes The purpose of Board Notes is to provide our stakeholders with information regarding School Board business. In each issue, you will learn more about the role of the board, how school board meeting work and some background to the decisions they make. You will also see information on the successes the board celebrates each month. We hope you will join us at our meetings throughout the year.
What is the role of a School Board Director? Five community members make up the Board of Directors for North Kitsap School District. Registered voters in North Kitsap elect board members for terms of four years. The school board has governance responsibilities in four main areas: vision, accountability, structure and advocacy. The school board of directors are members of the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and follow their Code of Governance. It is the school board’s role to set policy, develop clear expectations for results, and to evaluate progress. The board empowers the district leadership team, lead by the superintendent, to carry out the daily operations of the district. The leadership team does this in alignment with set policies and goals. The leadership team also resolves issues that arise. This allows the board to maintain a system-wide focus and supports an appropriate distinction between policy and administration.
In This Issue
Welcome and Role of the School Board
Actions from September meetings
Consent Items vs. Action Items
September Board Discussion
How a School Board Meeting works
How to contact the School Board
Meet the School Board Cindy WebsterMartinson Director District 1 Vice-President and Legislative Representative Elected : 2013
Beth Worthington Director District 3 President Elected : 2013
Jim Almond Director District 2 Liaison to City of Poulsbo Elected : 2015
Glen Robbins Director District 4 Liaison to Port Gamble S’Klallam and Suquamish Tribes, Liaison to WIAA Elected : 2015
Bill Webb Director District 5 Liaison to Kingston Community Advisory Council Elected : 2011
More School Board Information The School Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of most months at 6:00pm at the North Kitsap School District Office Boardroom. Find Meeting Agendas and Minutes Here View School Board Videos Here
Consent Agenda and Action items —What’s the difference? NEAWEA Bargaining Team
Action items for September Action items are school district business items that must be approved or not approved by the school board . A summary of key items from September are listed below. A full list of action items can be viewed at www.nkschools.org/ our_district/board_of_directors under the “Agenda and Minutes” section.
September 8, 2016 Meeting 2016-17 Board Goals The board unanimously approved the 2016-17 Board Goals. The school board began the process for setting 2016-17 board goals at the August 4th Board Retreat. At the retreat, the board agreed that goals would be drafted with target areas focused on balanced budget, student learning targets, superintendent search, safety, transparency, communication and targeting policies around learning. A draft of the goals was discussed at the August 18th regular board meeting. Read the 2016-17 Board Goals on our website under “Our District” —> “Board of Directors” —> “Goals”. Superintendent Search Firm Request for Proposal (RFP) In order to hire a search firm to conduct the superintendent search for 2017, the board must create and approve a Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP designates the scope of work for the search firm, proposal requirements, and how the selection will be made. The RFP was sent to 11 search firms. Finalists will be chosen on October 13. Finalists will present and search firm selection will be made on October 20. The Request for Proposal is available on the website under “Our District” —> “Board of Directors” —> “Superintendent Search Process”. WSSDA Legislative Proposal Advocacy is an important part of the board’s role. Board members discussed , set and approved their top Standing Legislative Positions (SLP) priorities to be taken to the WSSDA Legislative Session on September 23rd & 24th. The board listed the following SLPs as priorities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 20, 27, 29, 30, 33, 36, 37, 38, 41, 42, 46, 49, 59. SLPs with descriptions are available on the September 8 Board Meeting Agenda.
September 22, 2016 Meeting North Kitsap Transportation Employees (NEA-WEA) Collective Bargaining Agreement The Board of Directors unanimously approved the NEAWEA Collective Bargaining agreement for 2016-2018. The bargaining team shared that they worked on this agreement for a year and were pleased with the final results. The agreement was approved unanimously by the NEA-WEA union before being presented to the board. The approved Collective Bargaining Agreement for NEA-WEA is available on the September 22 School Board Meeting Agenda.
Consent Agenda items are a series of actions that the board may approve all at once without discussing each item. These items tend to be more administrative in nature or have previously been agreed to. Board members may “pull” an item from the Consent Agenda to discuss and vote on separately during the Action Items part of the agenda. Action Items are items that are up for a vote by the board as individual items. These items usually also have a discussion period before a vote is called for. Most items require a simple majority of board members to pass.
Breidablik Reopening will be revisited in fall 2017 The board held a discussion about reopening Breidablik Elementary in the 2017-2018 school year. They agreed with the recommendation to keep Breidablik closed and revisit the recommendation in the fall of 2017. The discussion began last year after the district had seen growth in enrollment and class size reduction funding from the state. A committee including staff, parents and community members was formed to advise on what sort of school Breidablik should re-open as, if the district decided to re-open the school. The committee survey indicated that Breidablik should open as a neighborhood elementary school. The approved 2016 state budget did not include class size reduction funding, and enrollment for the district is lower than anticipated. District leaders provided a cost analysis for reopening the school. The cost analysis includes $1.238 million in repairs, equipment and upgrades, $650 thousand for roof replacement, and between $474 and $692 thousand in staffing costs. Currently, the district has existing space for students. The district will need to consider boundary adjustments and will be creating a new boundary readjustment committee to include staff from all schools and departments, parents and community. Recommendation and Cost Analysis is available on our website under “Our District” —> “Board of Directors” —> Meetings and Agendas” .
James Andrews and Kate Ebert recognized by the school board on September 8, 2016
North Kitsap Teachers selected as Washington State Art Educators of the Year Kingston High School Art teacher James Andrews and Poulsbo Middle School Art teacher Kate Ebert have been named the Secondary and Middle School Washington State Art Educators of the Year! These prestigious awards are given out by the Washington State Art Educators Association each year to the Art teachers in each category that set the example for how Visual Arts should be taught in school and are involved at the district level in curriculum development, art shows and contests, and program advocacy. James works with art teachers throughout North Kitsap each year to recognize art across K-12 in the district at the annual Festival of the Arts each April. Kingston High School principal Christy Cole said about James, "He is a tireless advocate of the arts, and advocated with the state legislature to get arts recognized as a core curriculum. I can't think of anyone more deserving." In addition to inspiring students in her classroom to find their artistic voice through Art, Kate is also involved with the LEO Club and Art club, both after school programs that enhance the lives of students in our community. Poulsbo Middle School Principal said of Kate, “Her abilities and talents with art are surpassed only by her devotion to the students in her care.” We are all so proud of James and Kate and their continued passion and advocacy for the Arts and students in North Kitsap.
How School Board Meetings Work School board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, with the exception of November, December, July and August. School board meetings are open to the public, with the exception of executive sessions dealing with certain sensitive issues such as real estate transactions, personnel issues or student and employee appeals. The agenda for board meetings is set by the board chair and vice-chair, who consider all requests made in writing received at least twelve days prior to the next meeting. The agenda and supporting documents are posted on the meetings and agenda section of the district website on the Monday prior to the Thursday board meeting, and may be subject to change. Hard copies of documents are available for review in the district office. Time is set aside near the beginning of each board meeting for community members to speak to the board for three minutes. We welcome and consider public comment. Visit www.nkschools.org/our_district/board_of_directors and click on the “Meetings” subpage for more information on public participation at school board meetings. Questions for the Board may be submitted in writing at a board meeting. The questions will be researched and answered at the next board meeting and posted online. In addition to providing a forum for community members to make comments and raise issues to the Board, our meetings are working sessions because they are the only time the five members of the board can legally talk about issues as a group. The discussion and debate among the five members is always free and open and sometimes untidy. That’s representative democracy. For detailed information from each board meeting, visit the “Agendas and Minutes” section of the website to view agendas, meeting minutes and video from each meeting. The North Kitsap School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age in its program or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The North Kitsap School District offers classes in many career and technical education program areas (American Sign Language, Athletic Medicine, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Digital Graphics/Photography, Environmental Science, FASCE, Health, Production Arts, Recording Arts) under its open admissions policy. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Kim Eimers (18360 Caldart Avenue NE; Poulsbo, WA 98370; 360-396-3040.) Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Chris Willits, Assistant Superintendent 18360 Caldart Avenue NE; Poulsbo, WA 98370 (360) 396-3003 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Kingery, Assistant Director of Special Education 18360 Caldart Ave NE, Poulsbo WA 98370. (360) 396-3072 email@example.com
Contact Us Letters and email are effective ways to make your views known. Email addresses of school board members are listed below. You may also email the entire Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters written to the Board should be addressed to the board chair who will see that all five board members receive a copy. Cindy Webster-Martinson email@example.com Jim Almond firstname.lastname@example.org Beth Worthington email@example.com Glen Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org Bill Webb email@example.com Mailing Address North Kitsap School District Attn. School Board Chair 18350 NE Caldart Avenue Poulsbo, WA 98370
Published on Sep 26, 2016
The purpose of Board Notes is to provide our stakeholders with information regarding School Board business. In each issue, you will learn mo...