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Is your school district top-heavy? Statewide audit suggests fewer administrators BY DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEATTLE — Washington state school districts could do a better job getting more of the $12 billion spent each year on education into classrooms, where it will make the most difference, a new state audit said. The performance audit released last week included detailed comparisons among school districts of similar size, as well as suggestions about how some are spending more money in the classroom than others. Most North Olympic Peninsula
Most locally favor spending in classroom
school districts were found to have spent a higher percentage of their budgets on classroom instruction than the state or national averages. But statewide, the audit noted, moving just 1 percent of school spending from administrative offices to the classroom would be enough to pay for more than 1,000 teachers statewide. Among the cost-saving suggestions were: Buy fuel for school buses in bulk, use more USDA surplus food in the lunchroom and look at having some services provided by the private sector. It also suggests cutting staffing dollars by making such changes as hiring licensed practical nurses instead of registered nurses for school infirmaries, sharing costs with neighboring districts and contracting with the state or education service districts for some things. TURN
BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Six of nine North Olympic Peninsula school districts spent a higher percentage of their budgets on classroom instruction than the state or national averages during the 2008-09 school year, a state audit of school district spending said. Six districts also spent less on central administration than other districts of the same size during the study period, according to a State Auditor report released last week.
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Some of the smaller urns, such as this pet urn, have hollow lids with an opening to hold a memento.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Carol Bernthal examines an interactive display of research activities.
Ashes to artwork
PA marine center idea takes sail City antes funds toward ‘campus’ on waterfront
Port Townsend potter offers urn alternatives to the black ginger jar
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Megan Smith reaches to the top of a display shelf in her home office in PORT TOWNSEND — Where will you Port Townsend for one of her urns. The smaller urns on the shelf below spend eternity? are for pet ashes. Megan Smith has an option that might shake family skeletons — or what remains of them— out of the closet. “When I talk about what I make, people sheepishly admit that they still have ashes in the closet in a plastic bag,” Smith said. Smith is a potter who makes handcrafted clay funerary urns in her garageturned-studio on the outskirts of Port Townsend. She started marketing her urns online in March and is looking for ways to connect with customers who want an artistic alternative to the staid black ginger jar. “My designs are elaborate and celebratory,” Smith said. “I want to help celebrate someone’s life.”
Funerary art is a different direction for Smith, who thought it was a strange idea when a friend pointed out a use for the tall, scroll-handled vases that were emerging from her potter’s wheel. Then, a friend who had bought her earthenware pieces came up to her at the farmers market and asked if she could make an urn big enough to hold his and his wife’s ashes, and she began to see it in a new light. “It began to feel like wonderful thing to create for people,” Smith said. “It became something that can help and support someone through the grieving process.” It was about six years ago that Smith
started experimenting with shapes of vases, taking round containers and alternating them with cylindrical shapes, then embellishing the result with strips of clay. At the time, she had just been chosen to build her own house in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood through an affordable housing program, KCCHA, Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority. Starting in the fall of 2006, Smith and seven others chosen for the program were given the basics of house framing and use of power tools, then, under the guidance of a site supervisor, went to work, constructing two houses at a time. TURN
PORT ANGELES — The City Council wants to energize the downtown waterfront. The Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center at City Pier needs more room. And the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary office is running out of space. All three entities are contributing to a joint solution, putting their money where their needs are by beginning the process last week to create a combined marineresearch, public-outreach center on the waterfront, city, Marine Life Center and marine sanctuary officials said last week. The City Council took the first step in addressing those concerns by unanimously agreeing last Tuesday to request proposals for conducting a $40,000-$50,000 predesign study for “a multi-agency campus focused on marine-based research, education and outreach,” Nathan West, city community and economic development director, said in a memo to the seven council members. TURN
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McConaughey ties knot with longtime love MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY MARRIED his longtime love Camila Alves on Saturday. “The Magic Mike” actor and Alves — with whom he has 3-year-old son Levi and 2-yearMcConaughey old daughter Vida — tied the knot in a special evening ceremony at THE ASSOCIATED PRESS their home in Austin, Texas, surrounded by just a few dozen close friends and famRAND AND MOM AT MOVIES ily. Actor Russell Brand and mother According to RadarOnline, the estate was turned Barbara Brand arrive for the European into a makeshift camppremiere of “Rock of Ages” at a central ground scattered with London cinema on Sunday. tents for guests to sleep in. The couple got engaged on Christmas Day, but McConaughey, 42, has said head with a hit my head, and I think I previously he had felt mar- pole. may have a concussion but ried to Alves, 30, for a long don’t you worry I will finAccordtime. ish this show.” ing to fan Lady Gaga’s makeup website Gaga concussion artist later confirmed Gagamedia. through Twitter that the Lady Gaga received a net, Gaga singer was recovering: concussion in the middle of continued Lady Gaga “Gaga has a concussion her “Born This Way Ball” with the but she is going to be okay. show in Auckland, New performance for another 16 She wants u to know she Zealand, on Sunday. loves u. I’m taking care of During the song “Judas,” songs. “I want to apologize,” one of the dancers accidenher. cant believe she fintally hit the singer on the she told the crowd. “I did ished the show.”
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BOB WELCH, 65, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to write songs and record several hits during a solo career, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Mr. Welch’s wife found him with a chest wound at their south Mr. Welch Nashville, Tenn., home around 12:15 p.m. Mr. Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976 and had hits including “Sentimental Lady” in 1977 and “Ebony Eyes” in 1978. Aaron said Mr. Welch apparently had had health issues recently. He said a
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land design team, he worked on projects that included the Golden HorseSTAN JOLLEY, 86, shoe saloon in FrontierSetting it Straight one of the original art land, the Autopia ride in Corrections and clarifications directors who designed Dis- Tomorrowland and the Stoneyland and who later rybook Land Canal Boats The Peninsula Daily News strives at all times for accuracy and fairworked on Disney film and attraction and interiors of ness in articles, headlines and photographs. To correct an error or to TV projects, died last Mon- Sleeping Beauty Castle in clarify a news story, phone Executive Editor Rex Wilson at 360-4173530 or e-mail email@example.com. day at a hospice facility in Fantasyland. Rancho Mirage, Calif., said his family. He had gastric Peninsula Lookback cancer. His film From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS career included five years ago. protest a proposed labor 1937 (75 years ago) sharing an law — did not affect traffic The jury failed to agree William Woods, owner of Oscar nomion the MV Coho ferry from on a verdict. a shack on Port Angeles’ nation for Port Angeles. Hollywood Beach and a best art But ferry riders who 1962 (50 years ago) 4-acre lot near Clyde’s direction were planning to ride tour Dance Hall, told a jury in The new William Shore and set dec- Mr. Jolley buses in Victoria were left Clallam County Justice Memorial Pool in Port oration as on their feet. Court that he owned the Angeles has opened fullproduction The action was labor’s 100 gallons of home-brew time now that the pool is designer for the 1985 attempt to persuade Britbeer found in his shack. fully staffed, Manager Roy movie “Witness” and seven ish Columbia Premier Bill The discovery was made Frisk said. years as an art director at Vander Zalm’s Social April 27 by Federal Indian The pool has four lifethe Disney studio. Credit government to withOfficer Thomas Glaggett guards and instructors, a As part of the Disneydraw a proposed industrial and Sheriff’s Deputies Wal- cashier, two cloakroom relations reform bill, which ter Holenstein and Karl employees and a maintewould empower the labor Seen Around Kirk. They said Woods nance person. minister to end strikes or intended to sell the “intoxiPeninsula snapshots Under partial staffing, lockouts deemed contrary cating liquor.” the indoor pool opened for to the public interest. TWO PORT ANGE“I made the 100 gallons the first time during the LES businessmen feeding Laugh Lines so it would season for my weekend of June 2-3. The the same two crows that fly use when working on my opening was heavily Lottery in because the birds recogFIRST LADY ranch near Clyde’s Dance attended. nize them on an almostMICHELLE Obama said Hall this summer, finishing daily basis . . . LAST NIGHT’S LOTthat if she could trade a house and building a TERY results are available places with anyone in the garage there,” Woods testi- 1987 (25 years ago) WANTED! “Seen Around” on a timely basis by phonworld, it would be Beyoncé. items. A general strike in Vicfied. Send them to PDN News ing, toll-free, 800-545-7510 Of course, it got awktoria — part of a one-day He said he consumed Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles or on the Internet at www. ward when Barack was about 1 gallon a day, in work stoppage by at least WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or walottery.com/Winning like, “I’m game!” email news@peninsuladailynews. part because of an injury 250,000 union workers Jimmy Fallon com. while working in the woods across British Columbia to Numbers. suicide note was left.
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TODAY IS MONDAY, June 11, the 163rd day of 2012. There are 203 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: ■ On June 11, 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft. Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin were never found or heard from again. On this date: ■ In 1509, England’s King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. ■ In 1770, Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. ■ In 1776, the Continental Con-
gress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain. ■ In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner. ■ In 1922, the groundbreaking documentary feature “Nanook of the North,” produced by Robert J. Flaherty, premiered in New York. ■ In 1936, Kansas Gov. Alfred “Alf” Landon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Cleveland. ■ In 1937, eight members of the Soviet Red Army High Command accused of disloyalty were put on trial, convicted and immediately executed as part of Josef Stalin’s Great Purge. ■ In 1942, the United States
and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II. ■ In 1971, the year-and-a-halflong occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay by American Indian activists ended as federal officers evicted the remaining protesters. ■ In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. ■ In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament. ■ Ten years ago: Congressional investigators released a report which said Clinton administration workers had defaced equipment and left
behind prank messages as they vacated the White House in January 2001. But the investigators failed to uncover the widespread problems alleged by some Republicans. ■ Five years ago: Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in a restroom sex sting. Craig, who denied soliciting an undercover police officer, later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a fine. ■ One year ago: Rejecting calls by Democratic leaders for him to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner instead announced he was seeking professional treatment and asking for a leave of absence from Congress. Weiner ended up leaving office.
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A3 Briefly: Nation after that in the 1996 death of lawyer Jalil Andrabi. Singh, who owned a trucking company in Selma, called police around 6:15 a.m. Saturday and told them that he had just killed four people, Curtice said. AUBURN, Ala. — Authorities A sheriff’s SWAT team was say three people were fatally called in to assist because of shot during a party at an apartment complex near Auburn Uni- Singh’s military background and the India charges against versity, including two former him. football players at the school. Officials also said during a Dollar denies assault news conference Sunday that current football player Eric COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Mack had been wounded and Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar was being treated at a hospital. staunchly denied Sunday that The two slain former players he punched and choked his were identified as Edward 15-year-old daughter in an arguChristian and Ladarious Philment, telling his congregation lips. The other person killed was the allegations made in a police identified as Demario Pitts. report are nothing but “exaggerOfficials also said Xavier ation and sensationalism.” Moss and John Robertson were “I will say wounded. this emphatically: I should Man kills kin, self have never been arrested,” SELMA, Calif. — A former Dollar said in Indian army officer wanted in his first public the killing of a human-rights appearance lawyer in the disputed Kashmir two days after region shot and killed his own police charged wife and two of their children in Dollar him with mistheir California home before demeanor apparently committing suicide, counts of simple battery and authorities said. cruelty to children. A 17-year-old believed to be The pastor got an enthusiasthe man’s son also was “barely alive” after the attack Saturday tic ovation as he took the pulpit Sunday at the World Changers morning, Fresno County SherChurch International in metro iff’s Deputy Chris Curtice said. Atlanta. The ex-officer, Avtar Singh, “I want you all to hear perhad been arrested in this Central California city last year sonally from me that all is well after his wife said he choked in the Dollar household,” he her, and the Indian government said. sought his extradition days The Associated Press
3 fatally shot at party near Ala. university
Briefly: World Mubarak health reported poor in Cairo prison CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak is slipping in and out of consciousness eight days after the ousted Egyptian leader was sent to prison to begin serving a life sentence, a security official said Sunday. With rumors of the former president’s death spreading rapidly, authorities granted his wife, former first lady Mubarak Suzanne Mubarak, and the couple’s two daughters-inlaw special permission to visit him in Cairo’s Torah prison early that morning. Mubarak’s health is reported to have collapsed since his June 2 conviction for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that overthrew him in 2011. His life sentence saw him transferred immediately to a prison hospital, instead of the military hospital and other facilities where he had been held since his April 2011 arrest.
($125 billion) to save its banks, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday. A day after the country conceded it needed outside help following months of denying it would seek assistance, Rajoy said more Spaniards will lose their jobs in a country where one out of every four is already unemployed. “This year is going to be a bad one,” Rajoy said in his first comments about the rescue since it was announced the previous evening by his economy minister. The conservative Prime Minister added that the economy, stuck in its second recession in three years, will still contract the previously predicted 1.7 percent even with the help.
More bombing in Syria
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces pounded parts of central Homs province Sunday in a renewed push to regain control of rebel-held territories, and activists said at least 38 people were killed by shelling there over the past 24 hours. The main opposition group in exile, the Syrian National Council, elected a Kurdish dissident as its new leader in hopes of overcoming the disorganization and infighting that has hobbled the opposition since the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. Spain pessimistic The government assault MADRID — Spain’s grinding focused on the town of Qusair, near the border with Lebanon, economic misery will get worse where activists reported at least this year despite the country’s request for a European financial six people died Sunday. lifeline of up to 100 billion euros The Associated Press
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
One of 20 public service announcement billboards on display on highways across the Phoenix metropolitan area warns citizens about picking up discarded flashlights.
Authorities in dark over flashlight bombs Explosive set off as switch is flipped on
rorism because the targets have been random and there have been no messages or demands. The ATF said the bombs appear to have been made by the same person or people because their design was identical.
BY AMANDA LEE MYERS
Explosive inside light
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX — Flick the switch on these flashlights and they don’t light up. They blow up. Three of these bombs have exploded within the last month in the Phoenix area, causing minor injuries to five people and raising fears of more serious ones. Police still have no idea who is behind them and have taken the unusual step of putting up 22 billboards across the sprawling metro area to warn residents about discarded flashlights. “The nature of the bombings are so random,” said Tom Mangan, a special agent at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix. Mangan said the agency has ruled out any connection to ter-
An explosive was placed inside the flashlights with a smaller battery and rigged so that turning it on would send an electrical current that triggered the blast, Mangan said. He declined to identify the explosive material. The first bomb was spotted by a passer-by May 13 in a suburb just west of Phoenix. It was sitting behind a palm tree in a strip mall and blew up when it was clicked on. The next day, about 10 miles away, a landscaper found a flashlight in an irrigation ditch. It, too, exploded when he flicked the switch, authorities said. The third bomb exploded on May 24 at a Salvation Army dis-
tribution center near downtown Phoenix and about 11 miles from the first one. An employee detonated the device while sorting through donations, forcing 120 people in the store to evacuate. Jon Bierd, production manager at the facility, said the worker suffered a small abrasion to his forehead. The Salvation Army stopped accepting donations of flashlights. Since the explosion, employees have not seen any flashlights matching the yellow one seen on the billboards. “If we have a flashlight that’s heavy or is not empty, then I’d call the Phoenix Police Department. No matter where it is, we do not touch it,” said Bierd, who is setting aside any flashlight that is donated. In addition to the billboards, police are offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest or conviction. Police have received dozens of calls reporting possible flashlight bombs that either turned out to be false alarms or hoaxes, including one from a Goodwill store.
Fast-moving wildfires scorch parched forests; scores flee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAPORTE, Colo. — Crews Sunday were fighting wildfires that have spread quickly in parched forests of Colorado and New Mexico, forcing hundreds of people from their homes and the evacuation of wolves from a sanctuary. The Colorado fire, burning in a mountainous area about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, grew to 22 square miles within a day of being reported and has destroyed or damaged 18 structures. Strong winds, meanwhile, grounded aircraft fighting a 40-square-mile wildfire near the mountain community of Ruidoso
in southern New Mexico. Crews were working to build a fire line around the blaze, which started Friday and has damaged or destroyed 36 structures. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the structures lost were homes. In Colorado, the fire sent up heavy smoke, obscuring the sun and creating an eerie, orange dusk in the middle of the day. The smell of smoke drifted into the Denver area and smoke spread as far away as central Nebraska, western Kansas and Texas. The latest New Mexico fire is smaller than the WhitewaterBaldy fire — the largest in the
state’s history — but it’s more concerning to authorities because it started closer to homes, said Dan Ware, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Forestry Division. He said the number of Ruidoso evacuees was in the hundreds, but he didn’t have an exact figure. Elsewhere Sunday, firefighters were battling a wildfire that blackened 6 square miles in Wyoming’s Guernsey State Park and forced the evacuation of between 500 and 1,000 campers and visitors. Cooler weather was helping firefighters in a battle against two other wildfires in southern Utah.
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West: Crystal Cathedral in California given new name
Nation: Leaders want fast action on probes of leaks
Nation: ‘Madagascar 3’ leads pack at cinemas
World: Army colonel on trial over extramarital affair
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S LANDMARK Crystal Cathedral has been given a new name as the evangelical church transforms into a Catholic church. The iconic, glass-paned megachurch founded by “Hour of Power” televangelist Robert Schuller was sold to the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last year. On Saturday, Bishop Tod Brown renamed it Christ Cathedral during a priest ordination. The Garden Grove cathedral’s name came after more than 4,100 submissions from Catholics throughout the world.
THE HEADS OF the House and Senate intelligence committees said Sunday that the Justice Department must move quickly and ignore politics in investigating possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican Rep. Mike Rogers suggested on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that they’re willing to see how prosecutors investigate before considering whether independent counsel should take over. At issue are disclosures about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and drone strikes on suspected terrorists, and an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound flight.
THE CUDDLY CRITTERS of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” led the weekend’s cinema attractions with a $60.4 million debut domestically, followed by a big opening for director Ridley Scott’s alien saga “Prometheus” at No. 2 with $50 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Madagascar 3” outdid the $47.2 million debut of the 2005 original, though it came in behind the $63.1 million opening of the first sequel, 2008’s “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” “Europe’s Most Wanted” had the added benefit of today’s higher ticket prices and a bump from fans who caught 3-D shows.
THE FORMER COMMANDER of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade went on trial Sunday in Germany on suspicion of fraud, conduct unbefitting an officer, bigamy and other charges related to an alleged long-term extramarital affair he had with a woman he met in Iraq, while they were both living in Europe. He pleaded guilty to most of the charges. Col. James Johnson III, a West Point graduate, is being court-martialed before a panel of officers. He was relieved of his command of the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd in March 2011, and faces multiple years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.
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Peninsula: Classroom spending CONTINUED FROM A1 pared with about 10 other districts of similar size and Port Angeles, Port demographics, which are Townsend, Quillayute Val- called their â€œpeer districts.â€? The percentage of budley, Quilcene and Crescent school districts each spent a get spending on classrooms higher percentage of their in those districts, and their budgets in classroom comparison peer district instruction and less on averages are 78.9 percent in administration, the report Quillayute Valley, compared said. with 62.2 percent; 65.9 perSequim School District cent in Quilcene, compared spent a higher percentage with 60.9 percent; 64.9 in on classroom instruction, Crescent, compared with and Brinnon spent less on 59.1 percent; 63.4 percent central administration, in Port Angeles, compared than other districts of their with 61.8 percent; and 62.3 size, according to the report percent in Port Townsend, released Wednesday. â€œIt didnâ€™t happen just compared with 61.2 peryesterday,â€? said Gale Frick, cent. Sequim spent more in interim finance director for Port Angeles School Dis- classroom instruction than the national average, but trict. less than its peers â€” 61.4 percent in Sequim, comVotersâ€™ choices pared with 61.6 percent. The result of votersâ€™ Brinnon spent less than choices on levies over the the national and state averlast few years had made it age on classroom education clear that the votersâ€™ priorâ€” 48.7 percent â€” but more ity is in the classroom, so the district began making than peer districts, who efforts to shift as much spent an average of 48.5 funding as possible to the percent. Two districts spent less classroom, Frick said. That included not replac- than the state and national ing retiring employees at averages and their peers: the district office and clos- 56.5 percent in Chimacum, ing programs that werenâ€™t compared with 62.1 perworking, she said. cent; and 55.1 percent in Frick said that five or six Cape Flattery, compared fewer employees at the dis- with 60.8 percent. trict represent more teachers in classrooms. Administration spending She gave credit for the Six districts spent less shift in funding to a number of people. on central administrative â€œIt wasnâ€™t one person. It budgets than their peer diswas the board, the superin- tricts. tendent and many others,â€? Percentages of the budshe said. gets spent on administraFor the past decade, the tive costs, and their comState Office of Superinten- parison peer district averdent of Public Instruction ages were 2 percent in Port has made an effort to increase the proportion of Townsend, compared with money spent in the class- 2.1 percent; 1.3 percent in room, with less going to Port Angeles, compared administration and other with 1.6 percent; 1.4 in non-classroom costs, the Quillayute Valley, compared with 1.9 percent; 2.6 perreport said. cent in Chimacum, comState, national averages pared with 2.1 percent; 2.8 percent in Quilcene, comAs of 2008-09 school year, the state average for pared with 3.2 percent; 3.3 classroom spending was percent in Crescent, com60.2 percent of district pared with 3.6 percent; and annual budgets â€” less than 6.3 percent in Brinnon, 1 percent below the national compared with 6.9 percent. â€œOf course, weâ€™re average of 61 percent. said Anne Each district was com- pleased,â€?
Burkart, a member of the School Board for the Port Townsend District. â€œWe need to focus on the children,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s what weâ€™re all about.â€? â€œEducation is the most important thing schools do,â€? Burkart said. Three districts spent more than their peersâ€™ average; 2.1 percent in Sequim compared with 1.5 percent; 2.6 in Chimacum compared with 2.1 percent, and 3.5 percent in Cape Flattery compared with 3.3 percent.
Deceptive numbers Of all Peninsula schools, Quillayute Valley School District, in Forks, has the lowest cost for central administration and the highest percentage of its budget spent directly on instruction spending, but the districtâ€™s numbers are deceptive, according to the audit. The West End districtâ€™s high spending per student is affected by having 67 percent of students enrolled in â€œalternative learning experienceâ€? off-campus education options. That number represents the third highest rate of alternative learning experience students in the state. The districtâ€™s instructional budget is spread between fewer students in the classrooms, making the school look more efficient, the audit said. Quillayute Valley district representatives were not available for comment Friday. Similarly, the Quilcene School District is sixth in the state for percentage of alternative learning students, with 56.4 percent of enrolled students in such programs. The state audit considers 10 percent to be enough to skew the districtâ€™s spending statistics.
The district spends 6.3 percent of its budget on administration and only 48.7 percent on classroom instruction, numbers that are similar to its peer districts. â€œWe are different, what can we say?â€? said Betty Johnson, business manager for Brinnon. The tiny district has only four classrooms but must still have an administrator, business manager and a secretary and maintain the building and a fleet of school buses, which skew the districtâ€™s numbers. In a larger district, the cost of a single school secretary could spread the cost to hundreds of students, reducing the percentage of the budget spent on administrative costs, Johnson said. Quilcene and Brinnon share a superintendent to reduce costs, and many others who toil at the school work part-time or are volunteers, she said. Superintendent Wally Lis works two days a week at Brinnon and three at Quilcene, working as a separately employed part-time superintendent at each district.
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The remainder of the districtsâ€™ budgets is divided between building administration (administrators and support employees who work directly with students), instructional support, student support, operations and maintenance, transportation and food services. The state audit recommended changes in spending in these areas by increasing efforts to hire employees who have multiple qualifications, weatherize school buildings, update heating systems to increase efficiency, to make bulk purchases of fuel for buses, and to charge more for school Unusual case meals or find a way to Brinnon School District decrease the cost of meals. ________ is an unusual case, with a total enrollment of 35 eleReporter Arwyn Rice can be mentary school students reached at 360-452-2345, ext. who live in a widely spread- 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com. out area.
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Clallam Bay High School graduate Cody Politte proudly shares the graduation procession Saturday with his son, Cyrus.
PORT ANGELES â€” Youths ages 12-18 will have the chance again this summer to join the Port Angeles Libraryâ€™s Summer Reading Volunteer Corps. Information sessions to learn about teen volunteer opportunities at the Port Angeles Library will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18. Teens only need to attend one of the two sessions.
Applications Interested teens should complete an application form. Forms are available at the library, 2210 S. Peabody St., or at www.nols.org by selecting â€œYoung Adultsâ€? under the â€œYouthâ€? pulldown menu. Youths can earn service credit, meet new people, get a behind-the-scenes look at library work, begin to build
resume experience and eat snacks. All volunteer activities will be supervised, and teens will be taught skills on working with the public, providing good customer service and teamwork. Those interested in assisting at special library events can volunteer as a member of the Special Event Corps. Youths interested in working with kids can be a member of the Storytime Corps. Limited space is available in each program. Each teen will be asked to commit to working six volunteer hours. For more information about teen volunteering, the summer reading program and other activities for young adults at the library, visit www.nols.org or contact the Port Angeles Library at 360-417-8502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statewide: Education spending is high priority CONTINUED FROM A1 state budget is spent on K-12 education. Auditor Brian Sonntag Although many of the cost differences among dis- wanted the report to be tricts involve choices, some practical for school districts are out of their control, such and informative for lawas how many special-educa- makers, while not trying to offer a one-size-fits-all tion students they serve. The state auditor approach, Chambers said. The audit dings state decided to do this performance review because tak- school officials for overstating a closer look at educa- ing how much money is tion spending repeatedly spent on classroom instruchas been identified by citi- tion by adding in a second zens and lawmakers as a number called teaching high priority, said depart- support. ment spokeswoman Mindy The approach implies Chambers. Washington spends 70 perAbout 43 percent of the cent of school dollars in the
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Maintain database The audit also urged the office to maintain the database the Auditorâ€™s Office created for the purpose of the study, saying it would help districts save more money if they could continue to see their operations compared with their peersâ€™. Dorn said he would discuss the idea with his
departmentâ€™s data management committee members and see if they think it would be worthwhile to find the money to keep track of this information in the future. School reform advocate Liv Finne commended the auditorâ€™s report for its wealth of information and practical advice for school districts. Digging a little deeper and reading between the pages can reveal a lot about the choices individual school districts are making, said Finne, director of the Center for Education at the Washington Policy Center.
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Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn responded to that section of the audit by saying the office already was doing this on some reports and would look into the possibility of changing others.
Washington and 11 other states spent about 60 percent of school dollars in classrooms, according to a 2009 comparison by the National Center for Education Statistics. Another 18 states spent more, and 20 spent less. Washingtonâ€™s numbers have improved slightly since then, but no more
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recent national comparisons are available. The rest of the money goes to transportation, food, nursing, counseling, outside help for special-education students, administration and a variety of central district office functions. The audit recommends the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction improve its transparency by taking the federal approach and use just the dollars that pay for teaching when it reports expenditures for classroom instruction.
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