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Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Greg Lynch (far left) and School Board President Carl Johnson honored seven Board Certified teachers in the district. It’s the most prestigious award a teacher can earn. - Courtesy photo
Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Greg Lynch (far left) and School Board President Carl Johnson honored seven Board Certified teachers in the district. It’s the most prestigious award a teacher can earn.
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By PAUL BALCERAK

Staff writer

Seven local teachers were honored at Wednesday night’s school board meeting for receiving Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Three of the teachers were just recently certified on Dec. 4, National Board Certification Day.

The teachers were presented with certificates by new Central Kitsap School Board President Carl Johnson.

“Not only is this an achievement for each of these teachers, but it’s a privilege for the school district (to employ them),” Johnson said at the meeting.

“We’re proud of you,” he told the teachers.

Ten teachers in Central Kitsap, are now Board Certified. They are: Cynthia Blinkinsop, career technical education and consumer science, Central Kitsap High School; Erika Cassel, language arts/early adolescence, Central Kitsap Junior High School; Molly Evans, generalist/early childhood for Special Services; Shana Foreman, reading and language arts at Emerald Heights Elementary School; Jeanne Kertes-Smith, generalist/middle childhood at Emerald Heights Elementary School; Debra Makar, generalist/middle childhood at Jackson Park Elementary School; Miki Paulson, generalist/middle childhood at Special Services; Tina Piper, generalist/middle childhood at Jackson Park Elementary School; Keri Williams, school counselor/early childhood at Olympic High School; and Jennifer Zapatka, curriculum specialist for social studies and history/early adolescence.

Blinkinsop, Piper and Williams were all certified this year.

Board Certification is an option offered through NBPTS. Certified teachers meet most states’ definitions of “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act and are generally regarded with a higher level of credibility.

“Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review,” NBPTS President and CEO Joseph A. Aguerrebere wrote in a letter to the school district.

Teachers applying for Board Certification have to submit four portfolio entries in the form of video recordings, student work and demonstrated work outside the classroom in one’s community. They’re also put through a series of six tests based on their subject focus area at one of NBPTS’s national testing centers.

“It’s the most prestigious award a teacher can earn,” Lynch said.

Other happenings at Wednesday’s meeting:

• Carl Johnson was unanimously elected the new president of the board and Bruce Richards and Lee Ann Powers were both retained for their respective positions of vice president and legislative representative. Johnson replaces Christy Cathcart who served as president for three years. Cathcart, Johnson and Board Member Chris Stokke also re-took the Oath of Office after running unopposed reelection bids in November.

• The board unanimously voted to forego their travel stipends for the duration of their terms. Past Central Kitsap school boards have traditionally done the same thing. The stipends can be worth up to $4,800 per board member, per year in travel expenses. Johnson said that while the board is technically entitled to the money, they all decided it could be better spent elsewhere.

• The Kitsap County Roads Department’s Central Shop was recognized by the board for its help in combating flood waters during last week’s storm. Johnson presented Central Road Shop Supervisor Bob Wilson with the board’s “crystal apple.”

• A resolution to waive school district policy 6220 was passed to help speed up repair work in damaged areas of the district from last week’s floods. Policy 6220 normally requires building improvement or repair work in excess of $20,000 to be presented to the public for a competitive bid. It can be waived, however, in emergency situations where a bidding process would delay repair work and lead to more damage and higher costs. Emergency work will now be conducted as needed until completion. District Facilities Manager Richard Best estimated total damages across the district to be about $1.6 million.

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