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No changes in store for TEAM, Montessori programs

By TRACEY COOPER

Staff writer

Out-of-district TEAM and Montessori students are likely to remain in the program for the 2004-2005 school year, Central Kitsap School District officials announced March 24.

The change of heart by district officials was based on the number of applications submitted to both programs at Tracyton Elementary means they have enough students to keep current staffing levels, said Dirk Gleysteen, director of operations for the district.

While TEAM and Montessori program parents were pleased with the decision, they were also tentative.

“It’s something positive,” said Arina Caton. Caton, who serves as the Montessori Parents Association facilitator and lives outside the CK School District.

In January, district administrators met with parents when it looked as if both programs would lose a teacher because of lagging enrollment. They also heard concerns from parents about a policy revision that tightened the reigns on out-of-district enrollment. Under the revised policy, out-of-district students would be enrolled in the district on a space-available, year-to-year basis.

Both programs had enrolled students under the assumption that out-of-district students who are accepted stay in the program. Over the years siblings were accepted and out-of-district enrollment grew.

Emily Manson, president for the TEAM parents advisory committee criticized the way the district handled the situation.

“It put a lot of stress on everyone,” she said.

Parents should receive a letter by this Friday notifying them if their child is still in the TEAM or Montessori program.

In other business, the school board heard a presentation from Klahowya students and staff on the school’s improvement plan. The regular meeting was held at the secondary school.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. April 28 at Clear Creek Elementary School. A study session concerning the 2004-05 budget and I-728 begins at 5 p.m.

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