What do you want school levy funds to buy?

Tell NK School District what you think at their first Community Cafe on Monday, November 18, 7:00 to 8:30 at Kingston High School.  There is a public study session before the cafe from 5:30 to 7:00 that will present how NKSD spent the current levy that expires this year.  This is calculated by looking at actual expenditures and subtracting what the state funds.

If you can not make this meeting, please email your answers to me (BethWorthington728@gmail.com) and I will share them with the district.  You can also share them directly with the district to Jenn Markaryan, Coordinator Communications/Community Relations, 360-396-3004, jmarkaryan@nkschools.org.

School Board to Host First Community Café

North Kitsap School Board will host its first Community Café on Monday November 18, 2013, at the Kingston High School Commons from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  This is an opportunity for the public to discuss specific topics with the Board.  The Community Café will be set up so that each member of the Board is at a separate table with a question to discuss with community members.  Although regular School Board meetings are open to the public, the formality of a Board meeting precludes a true two-way conversation.  The board plans to host Community Cafés quarterly throughout North Kitsap in order to gather input on important topics.

Below are the five questions that will be discussed at the first Community Café.

  1. What is the most important function of the North Kitsap School District?
  2. What should the levy pay for?
  3. What are the best ways for the school district to communicate with the public?
  4. What information would you like the School District to share with you?
  5. How can the school district attract and retain students?

The School Board will hold a study session at the same location from 5:30pm-7:00pm on the Prototypical Funding Model.  No action will be taken at the study session and Community Café.

As newly elected NK School Director — THANKS!

Yesterday concluded my first experience on the campaigning side of elections.  It was rewarding working with supporters and talking to voters, and in the end it was successful with a winning outcome.  I made a goal to talk to as many of NK voters as I could, and I did spend most Saturday’s in September and October knocking on doors.  I appreciate your willingness to spend some time talking about NK schools, and thank you for your support.

I would also like to acknowledge, Doug Prichard, and his supporters.  It was Doug’s first experience campaigning too, and the process of the campaign and the opportunities to speak together at the League of Women Voter’s forums and with the NK Herald community committee were quite positive.  Rather than a fierce competition between two individual candidates, they were discussions centered around making NK School Districts better.  This was possible because of Doug’s character and concern for our community.

However, I realize that engaging the community is work that is never completed and I will continue to actively collect your input.   I want your input about what you need and what you want to see in our school district.  Your input will be used to develop community-driven strategies to build learning experiences for all of our students. 

This month the NK School Board will decide on how much funds to collect for maintenance and operations levy that expires at the end of 2013-14 school year.  The levy measure will be voted on in February.  The levy will likely have additional funds to meet the district’s needs for staff, technology and facilities.  Your input is needed to ensure that this funding is applied to where it is needed.

Community input is needed to transition the Highly Capable program in light of the rewritten Washington Administrative Code.  This is also true for Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program that is known as PAL in NK.

I look forward to hearing and learning more so I can have a serve the community and improve NKSD.

Thanks, Beth Worthington