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CK Schools ready for new year and beyond

While students in the Central Kitsap School District are delving into their studies, teachers and administrators are focusing on a project of their own, the 2007-08 school year budget.

During a regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday night, CKSD Superintendent Greg Lynch introduced the committees under Task Force Resource (TFR) for the 2007-08 school year budget. Currently, committees under TFR include secondary configuration, budget development team, facilities, technology, music, career and technical education, co-curricular, custodial and the pool.

Beginning last June, work on the secondary configuration committee is in full swing. Since June 30, the steering committee has met four times with the entire committee meeting once. There are 37 members in this committee including staff, parents and community members. Meeting twice a month, the work of this committee is expected to be completed and forwarded to the secondary configuration committee by the end of January.

“This is our largest committee,” Lynch said. “We expect to have a decision no later than January ... for what is the optimum configuration for the Central Kitsap School District.”

The Budget Development Team (BDT), consisting of 15 members including staff, parents and community members, began its work on Sept. 15. Meeting two times each month, the BDT studies the process of developing the budget for the district which includes working on the integrative priority list which lists the costs of activities, programs and staffing.

Beginning work in the middle of October, the facilities committee also will meet two times a month. This group consists of 19 members which include staff, parents and community members. This committee evaluates the various facilities on district property, which includes renovations, maintenance and general facility upkeep.

Another committee introduced at the meeting, which is a returning committee from last year, is the technology committee. This 25-member group includes staff, parents and community members that meet once a month. Evaluating the life cycle of computers and monitors, software and student-to-computer ratios, Lynch said he hopes this will eventually be a long-standing committee.

Other committees that were formed around issues concerning the budget last year include music, co-curricular, pool, career and technical education and custodial. These groups will surround budget issues involving the music programs, activities, sports, the Olympic Aquatic Center and staffing.

With all committees combined, there are 180 people who will help review programs and undertake balancing the district’s budget for now and in the future.

“If we can’t get to the bottom line with 180 people, we’re not going to get to the bottom line,” Lynch said, adding that student learning is the first priority. “There are some really significant decisions we have to make that will impact student achievement.”

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