Enrollment, budget kick off board’s year

The Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors will ring in the new calendar year with a celebration for themselves. January is designated as School Board Appreciation Month.

Tonight at the Jenne-Wright Administration Building, board members will hear a report on the first month of 2006 enrollment statistics and an update on the district’s budget.

Another item on the agenda this evening are several new course recommendations.

“Every year staff bring forward course proposals,” said Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction Janell Newman.

The course proposals under review at this meeting include aligning math course descriptions and titles with the state’s Grade Level Expectations; a new AP Japanese course; and the introduction of several writing classes for juniors in high school. Newman said the latter set of courses is designed for students who are not reaching writing standards for the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test, which is now also a graduation requirement for this year’s 10th-graders.

When the school board approves an annual new course recommendation, those courses become available for

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