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Friday, September 13, 2013 | Vol. 112, No. 37 | | 50¢

In the Herald

More NKSD students than budgeted In some classes, enrollment exceeds maximum size By KIPP ROBERTSON

POULSBO — Red flags

have gone up in at least a few classrooms in the North Kitsap School District. As of Wednesday, class sizes in at least three schools exceed the maximum limit allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the district and North Kitsap Education Association.

“Class sizes are quite large in many places,” said Chris Fraser, the president of the North Kitsap Education Association. In May, anticipating another year of declining enrollment and a $3 million deficit for 2013-14, the district initially cut 27.3 teaching jobs

business and operations. The full-time enrollment as of Sept. 9 was 5,787.19; the projected enrollment was 5,712. The district’s total enrollment, which includes students enrolled in half-day

for 2013-14. Many were later rehired. Still, 75 more full-time students enrolled in the North Kitsap School District than what was budgeted and staffed for, according to an enrollment report compiled by Monica Hunsaker, the district’s director of finance,

sports A first look at NKHS, KHS fall teams

See NKSD, Page A2

Indianola Dock reopens, with some limits

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Kith & Kin Suquamish Tribe’s first same-sex marriage — Page A18

Indianola residents applaud the decision of the Port Commission to reopen the Indianola dock, Tuesday. The dock was reopened with some restrictions. Kipp Robertson / Herald

INDIANOLA — Indianola Port Commissioners Jeff Henderson and Eric Cookson voted Tuesday to reopen the Indianola dock, effective immediately. The commission is still concerned about too many people using the dock at one time — a concern first expressed by the port district’s engineers in June, which led

to the dock being closed. Commissioners said large organized gatherings are still not permitted on the dock. Signage will be posted, but how many people constitute a large gathering wasn’t determined Tuesday. Approximately 30 residents attended the meeting. Michael Hooley has one word regarding the reopening of the dock: “Overdue.” See DOCK, Page A7

Profiles: Candidates for Indianola Port Commission, District 2 By Richard Walker

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INDIANOLA — The way County Commissioner Rob Gelder sees it, Eric Cookson’s appointment to the Indianola Port Commission doesn’t give him an advantage in the

Nov. 5 election. “He could make or break it,” Gelder said. “If he doesn’t do a good job, Indianola is a small enough community that voters could make a different choice.” The County Commission

voted Sept. 4 to appoint Cookson to the Indianola

Port Commission’s District 2 position, after two resignations left the port with one commissioner. The position is also on the Nov. 5 ballot. The candidates: Cookson and write-in candidate Matthew Smith.

Advantage or no, Cookson got right to work. He and Commissioner Jeff Henderson reopened the dock with restrictions, opened an application period for the District 3 vacancy and See PORT, Page A10

timeline: Indianola Dock FROM 1916 to PRESENT 1916: Indianola dock is built. 1919: Daily steamer service begins. 1933: Residents vote to create

the Indianola Port District. 1934-35: Dock is widened and reinforced for auto access. Auto ferry service begins in 1936.

1951: Agate Pass Bridge is completed; ferry service to and from Indianola dock is discontinued. 1971: Dock is rebuilt. Rotting

pilings, timbers, decking and guard rails are replaced. The rebuilt dock is narrower. 1982, 2004, 2008: Storms necessitate further reconstruc-

tion or repairs. June 27, 2013: The Port Commission closes the dock after See TIMELINE, Page A7

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