Join me for conversation about NK Schools over coffee at Mystic Mountain Coffee in downtown Kingston, Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 to 10:30. The high school students are pondering class choices for next year. Kindergarten registration is open, and tuition for full day is only $1500. The Community Finance Advisory Committee is looking over the survey and hearing from principals and staff about what is needed.
I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian coffee house in Poulsbo on Saturday, Feb 22 from 8;30 to 11;30. I’m interested in hearing about ways schools can best engage parents. The district is asking for board approval to request a waiver of no more than 5 days (from 180 days) for parent teacher conferences from the State Board of Education. The waiver requires articulating how the conferences contribute to student achievement. I’m wondering what parents and teachers think. Is 15-20 minutes one-on-one with your student’s teacher worth the loss of two days of instruction? How can the goal of parent engagement be better accomplished?
Voters have approved the M&O school levy by a simple check of the yes box on the ballot. Now use your feet to bring your voice to advocate for your values and help set budget priorities.
The district is hosting its second Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo.
The North Kitsap School District is requesting input from our community for the 2014-15 Operating Budget through an online survey. Public feedback is a vital part of the budget development process. The survey asks for input in the areas of Basic Education, Special Programs, Instructional Programs, and Enhancing/Restoring funding.
Explanation of survey areas:
•Basic Education on the survey are the areas of funding that are expected to come to schools from the state to amply fund education by 2108. They are Transportation, Class Size Reduction, All Day Kindergarten, and Materials, Supplies and Operating Costs.
•Special Programs include both State/Federally mandated programs (example: Special Education), and programs that may be set up within a school district or school. Examples include: Dual Language Program – all classes are taught within the program. Options – classes are taught within the program. Highly Capable (AGATE) Program – subjects are taught within the program.
•Instructional Programs are the courses taught. Examples include music classes, foreign language classes, advanced placement classes.
•Enhancing/Restoring Funding identifies areas – not programs or classes – where funding has be reduced or eliminated over the past several years.
Here is the link: http://www.nkschools.org/budgetsurvey2014
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be open through 6:00pm Friday, February 21, 2014.
If you do not have internet access and need a paper copy of the survey, please contact Community Relations at (360) 396-3004.
I will be at the Poulsbohemian and welcome anyone to talk about NK Schools. THANKS! to the taxpayers for renewing the levy. There is work ahead to set budget priorities and community input is being gathered. Hope to see you there.
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!
More coffee this Saturday, Feb 1st! Last week I had great company and discussed – highly capable, arts, and cultural sensitivity. Join me for more talk. I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian from 8:30 to 10:30. After, I will be knocking on doors in Poulsbo to talk to voters about the school levy renewal. Volunteers are welcome to help. Vote Yes for 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the five questions that will be discussed at the first Community Café.
- What is the most important function of the North Kitsap School District?
- What should the levy pay for?
- What are the best ways for the school district to communicate with the public?
- What information would you like the School District to share with you?
- 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.
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