Meeting opens lines of communication

Officials of the Central Kitsap School District and the Central Kitsap Education Association met recently to address issues involving the association’s recent vote of no confidence in district superintendent Greg Lynch.

The CKEA is the local teachers’ union.

The June 18 meeting included Association President Kirstin Nicholson and other members of the teachers’ union as well as Lynch, District Director of Business David McVicker and School Board President Chris Stokke and board member Mark Gaines.

According to Nicholson, the June 7 vote of no confidence expressed teachers’ concerns involving communications between educators and administrators in the district.

A similar point was made during the June 20 Central Kitsap School Board meeting, when some members on the school board said they had not been properly informed by Lynch about federal funding losses.

Members have also expressed concerns involving district finances.

Of the CKEA’s 689 members, 304 voted, of which 73 percent expressed “no confidence in Lynch.”

The vote of no confidence is largely a symbolic gesture. Nicholson said the June 7 vote had expressed dissatisfaction with Lynch and communications between union members and the administration.

After the meeting, participants on both sides expressed positive feelings about the meeting. Nicholson said the meeting was a solid starting point and said she looked forward to further meetings scheduled for later this summer.

“We talked about what the vote meant to the association and asked what the vote meant to the administration and how we could move forward,” Nicholson said.

Lynch said the meeting was a step in the right direction with more to follow.

“I am very, very pleased with the way the discussions went,” Lynch said. “We have a very good dialogue and we are going to move forward positively.”


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