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CKSD adopts budget for upcoming school year, OKs contracts

The Central Kitsap School District Board of Education adopted its 2013-2014 school year budget last Wednesday.

David McVicker, assistant superintendent for business and operations, said it is the same presentation board members saw at their last meeting.

“We can have a big hurrah because it is a black number at the end of the day,” McVicker said.

The balance is just above $68,000, McVicker said.

Two board members were absent during the final adoption meeting, Bruce Richards and Chris Stokke.

The state provided additional dollars for specific areas school board members discussed last year as priorities.

More than a dozen priorities were on the list, but the ones that made the cut included increasing focus on early intervention by increasing all-day kindergarten, securing a reading curriculum, increasing interventions for students not meeting standards, focusing on elementary interventions in learning, and getting rid of furlough days.

Furlough and retirement costs are not covered entirely, costing the district about $1 million.

e left with a little more than $6.7 million in a leftover budget by the end of the school year, McVicker said.

In the 2014-2015, the district expects to received some additional funding from the McCleary decision. Enrollments and sequestration will be on the district’s radar to watch, he said.

Heavy impact aid news has still not been released to the district.

In other CKSD Board news:

• The CK Facilities Department briefed the board on the capital projects status report. Several projects are planned, including roofing repairs, miscellaneous improvements, and DoD STEM flight simulator classrooms, in addition to others. Critical projects include a district-wide telephone system replacement, demolition of Tracyton Elementary, KSS upper athletic field drainage, repairing existing storm water collection system and Olympic High School repairs for existing hollow metal jambs, doors and hardware. Most work will take place in summer 2014, McVicker said.

• The district’s technology department gave an overview of the department’s goals in strategic planning for upgrades to the district’s technology system.

Mark Summers, director of information services, noted some of the problems with the system include too many servers to maintain and the expenses involved in full upgrades to keep up with technology.

By the end of the calendar year, Summers hopes to have wireless installed in three schools and in every school library. The district will also acquire laptops and labs, tablets and readers to test on the system.

The servers will also be upgraded in virtualization and email programs will be upgraded this year.

“This is the vision we have for technology in the district,” Summers said.

By 2014, the entire district will have access to the wireless network, which will still be protected by firewalls, he said.

By 2016, there are hopes to have digital textbooks, dashboard and management apps for students and faculty to work with in keeping up with technology.

• In a special session last Thursday that lasted mere minutes, the board voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Central Kitsap Education Association.

Board members Bruce Richards, Eric Greene and Jeanie Schulze voted to approve the agreement.

Board President Mark Gaines recused himself from the vote because his wife is a substitute teacher with the district’s Off Campus Program and is a member of the education association.

Board member Chris Stokke was out of town and did not attend the special meeting.

Central Kitsap Education Association President Kirstin Nicholson spoke favorably about the ability of the district and the union to work collaboratively and newly installed superintendent Hazel Bauman also praised her staff’s hard work in reaching an agreement.

Members of the union’s bargaining team included Nicholson, Cheryl Brown, David Clough, Nate Andrews, Peter Horton, Ron Garberg, Roxann Stewart and Suzanne Rich.

The school district’s bargaining team included Jeanne Beckon, Susan Zetty, Joe Vlach, Franklyn MacKenzie, Peggy Ellis, Kathryn Coleman and David McVicker.

 

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