On Monday evening, I will be answering questions from the community with the other three candidates for North Kitsap School Board. League of Women Voters is conducting a candidate forum on Monday, October 9th at 6:30 at the Poulsbo City Council Chambers. Two positions will be determined election and all North Kitsap voters can vote on one candidate for each position. We are lucky to have two candidates for each position, which gives a choice to voters and advances the understanding of what is important to our community.
League of Women Voters of Kitsap are hosting a candidate’s forum on June 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 at Poulsbo City Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe Street. All candidates on the primary ballot will be there answering questions posed from the audience. I look forward to hearing from the community and the candidates and to sharing my experiences and thoughts about our public education system. I look forward to seeing you all there.
After four years of being your school board director, I am even more committed to a quality public education for our North Kitsap community. I would be honored to serve for the next four years and continue building on the success of North Kitsap District. As the state continues to grapple with ample education funding, I will continue to advocate with the legislature and build our local capacity to promote success for each and every student. I invite you to share your experiences and your desires for our local school district with me, and together we can make it happen.
|Public schools will be facing a decrease in $480 million in 2018 due to the expiration of increased levy funding that was allowed when the state was dealing with the recession – this is called the Levy Cliff. By failing to act this session, the Legislature will let districts fall off the cliff this time next year as they start budgeting for 2017-18.
According to some Senators, we have seen this cliff coming for years, and since the legislature did not take action to transition earlier (today we could have been facing a “levy step” instead of a “levy cliff”) we need to bear the consequences instead of easing the burden. The consequences for North Kitsap will be a reduction in revenue of $3.87 million dollars in 2018 – and given that 85% of the budget is for staff falling off the cliff could mean staff reductions in 2017-18 school year.
Related comments were made regarding the will of the legislature to actually take action in a timely manner in 2017 (of which there is no evidence in past practice that this will actually happen). This sentiment echoed testimony on HB 2698 from Monday (2/22) in the Senate by Dan Grimm representing OSPI who stated in no uncertain terms that the only way real action will occur is if real pain (through crisis) is felt in local school districts. If you are interested in hearing some insight into some Senators’ viewpoints on this topic, check out the hearing on 2/22 (skip ahead to 41:18 – 1:18:21) and debate on the Senate Floor on 2/26 (skip ahead to 3:43:14 – 4:05:00). The sense is that districts need to have the problem resolved by April 2017, however this is much too late for many (most) districts. Click here to learn how districts will be impacted.
Join me and Scott Henden for coffee and conversation about NK schools at Kingston’s Majestic Mountain Coffee shop on main street. Our state lawmakers finished their session on Thursday. How does it impact North Kitsap?
I’ll be contemplating the priorites for NK School District and looking over items from next Thursday’s Board Meeting agenda and would like company to enrich the analysis. Join me at the Poulsbohemian. I’ll be there from 12:30 to 2:30 on Sunday, February 9th. Last Saturday, we discussed importance of all day kindergarten, state legislation on CTE equivalencies, and eliminating the culminating project as a graduation requirement. Several of us also stepped out afterwards and knocked on doors in Poulsbo to talk about the upcoming levy vote. Vote Yes for NK Kids!
This Saturday, Dec 14, I will be at the Poulsbohemian Coffee House contemplating NK schools and topics such as music policy, upcoming levy vote, district strategies and dashboard measures, swimming program…. Please join me any time between 8:30 and 10:30.
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