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CKSD wants input for I-728 funding

The Central Kitsap School District is expecting to receive an additional $400,000 in Initiative 728 funding from the state next year and wants community members to say how they would like to see it spent.

The I-728 student achievement funds can be used to reduce class size in grades kindergarten-fourth; reduce the size of specific classes; offer extended learning programs for students; offer early childhood programs; and offering professional development programs to faculty.

Parents, community members, staff and students can give their feedback through a Zoomerang survey posted on CKSD’s Web site at www.cksd. wednet.edu, through March 21.

In November 2000, 72 percent of Washington voters passed Initiative I-728 to advance student achievement in school. The district received $2.4 million in 2001-2002, $2.7 million in 2002-2003 and about $2.6 million this school year officials said. CKSD was slated to receive about $4.5 million this year, but due to state budget cuts, received $2 million less according to Janell Newman, executive director for curriculum and instruction for the district.

About 61 percent of the student achievement funds in 2002-03 were used for class size reduction (14.9 percent in grades K-4; 30 percent for grades 5-6; 15.8 percent for grades 7-12).

Newman said about 4 percent was used for extended learning, with 10 percent for professional development.

In past years the money has been used to reduce class size, to provide targeted assistance and extended learning opportunities for students, and to support researched-based professional development opportunities for educators to improve student learning and improvements to buildings that would reduce class size.

The question Newman said is whether the projected additional $400,000 will be used on one area or spread across several.

In the survey people are asked to rank the proposed recommendations for future I-728 funding. People can also make comments or other recommendations.

Copies of the survey are also available from the community relations office by calling (360) 662-1620 or by emailing stacief@ cksd.wednet.edu.

A public comment period is also scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, at the regular school board meeting 7 p.m. at the Clear Creek Elementary School library.

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