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Gordon PTA asks sheriff to investigate Member reimbursed group $9,000; financial records are in disarray By KIPP ROBERTSON and RICHARD WALKER Herald staff

KINGSTON — Gordon Elementary PTA board members have given the Kitsap County Sheriff’s

Department financial records, text messages and other information related to a possible theft of PTA funds. An investigator will study the information to determine if the


Gordon PTA president resigns

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disarray in financial records show evidence of criminal intent or careless bookkeeping, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said.

Pacific Science Center City will visits Pearson School extend power to new building Dispute between neighbors

See POWER line, Page A7

Page: ‘It’s just time it becomes part of our practice’ By KIPP ROBERTSON

POULSBO — The North Kitsap School District will provide cultural sensitivity training to district employees and establish a diversity/equity committee, Superintendent Patty Page said Feb. 19.

for financial reports in January, because she wanted to see where the PTA was financially, according to the sheriff’s report. Black said the member told her “there may be a problem with the financial reports.” The member later resigned and reimbursed the PTA $9,000, Black said, according to the sheriff’s report. See PTA, Page A2

NKSD will revive cultural training


POULSBO — With the walls up, windows in place, and seemingly everything in order, Front Street’s newest addition is almost set to show off its new-building charm. Except for one last detail: The building has no electrical power and, in turn, no lights. The mostly completed building sits dark. The connection that previously provided power to the site was on a pole on a neighboring property owned by the Sluys family. But making a new connection there became contentious when the new structure was built. It’s an issue between Front Street neighbors that went all the way to City Hall. “This has been going on for a very, very long time,” Mayor Becky Erickson said at the City Council’s Feb. 5 meeting. “We have tried many different alternatives to figure out how to get power into this building — I’m

Gordon PTA board members went to the sheriff’s office in Silverdale on Feb. 13 after 10 a.m. to meet with a sheriff’s deputy. The reporting party was Ryan Black, Gordon PTA’s vice president. Also present were Marta Michalski, president; Tanya Guest, treasurer; and Lindsey Still, secretary. Black told the deputy she asked a then-member of the PTA board

Sensitivity training is something the district did on a regular basis, but it has been a while since it was last done, Page said. “It’s just time it becomes part of our practice,” she said. District employees need to approach sensitive topics thoughtfully, instead of reactively, Page said. District employees need to approach topics related to cultural sensitivity based on societal norms, she said. As educators, employees are held to a high See ALVES, Page A7

New kidney gives recipient new life, and new outlook By RICHARD WALKER

Pearson Elementary School students Madison Slocum, right, and Ingrid Burchill reach up in an attempt to complete a foam tower Feb. 18 during the Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels event at the school. The traveling program offers nearly two hours of interactive curriculum in math, science, engineering and space exploration. See photos on Kipp Robertson / Herald

POULSBO — John Rosebeary’s new kidney did more than add years to his life. It gave him a new way of looking at the world, an ability to separate life’s chaff from what’s really imporJohn Rosebeary tant. Before April 2011, when end-stage renal dis-

ease put him on dialysis three days per week, five hours a day, he was a workaholic, sometimes going into the office at 2 a.m. and clocking out at 7 p.m. He’d feel guilty if he took time off for himself. Too much time behind the desk … it’s easy to figure out where that led. He developed high blood pressure, and high blood pressure is the No. 2 cause of kidney disease. At 51, he was living because of a dialysis machine on Powder Hill. See TRANSPLANT, Page A9

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