• Notice of Special Meeting:  While the Superintendent Leavell and our directors attend the WA State School Directors Assn. (WSSDA) this week in Bellevue, WA, they have set aside some time for a study session for self-reflection, per Policy 1810.  This meeting will be held in the Executive Boardroom at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.  Details can be found on the posted agenda. The Bremerton School Board of Directors is made up of five citizens who are elected from within the school district's boundaries. They serve four-year terms and are responsible for approving policies, curriculum, and the district's budget. The Board holds meetings on most first and third Thursdays at 5:00 pm in our district Administration Building Board Room, located at 134 Marion Avenue North. Exceptions are November, December, January, April and July. Visit our Library area for a schedule of this year's regular Board meetings. If you have any questions, please call 360.473.1031.

      

     You can check out the latest news from our Board meetings.  View brief highlights from each Board meeting under "Board Meeting Highlights" on the left.   

     

     

    Agendas, Minutes, and Other Information
    For agendas, minutes, and other information, please visit our BoardDocs website.  It is an easy site to navigate around.  Here are a few tips:

    • For information on individual Board members, visit the Welcome page, select Board Members on the left side. 
    • For current meeting information, select the "Information" tab, which displays current meeting agendas and materials.
    • For past meeting information, select the "Meetings" tab to scroll down through past meeting agendas and materials.
    • To view minutes, click on "View the Minutes" button on the right (available only after approval by the Board).
    • To view upcoming meeting schedules and planned study sessions, click on the "Library" tab, then General, then click on Schedules.


    If you have any questions or comments about BoardDocs, please contact Ioanna Cossack at ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org or call 360.473.1031.

     

    Board Elections 2019

     
    Director positions 1, 2, and 3 will be on the November ballot this November. Director Dubos is running unopposed for her Position #3.  We have two new candidates for the other positions.  Please be sure to get out there and vote.  

     

    There is information out there for anyone interested in serving on a school board; you can learn more about running for a Director position from the Washington State School Directors' Association, or take a look at Serving on Your Local School Board: A Guide for Candidates.  

     

    Ms. Evans did announce at the Board meeting on April 11th that she will not be running for office this November.  She currently fills Position #1.   Director Rubie, Position #2, announced Thursday, May 16th, that he also will not be seeking re-election.

     

     Each year, the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) features workshops for potential school directors. "Candidate workshops are held Tuesday through Thursday, June 11 to 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in various locations around the state."  Please visit the WSSDA website here and RSVP to them if you plan to attend.  Agendas include how to run for office and roles and responsibilities of school board directors. Pre-registration is recommended. For more information, visit their site at www.wssda.org.

     

    The Washington State School Directors' Association has, or will soon mail an informational flyer to each school board candidate with details about these workshops and a glimpse at some of the responsibilities of a school board.  

     

    Our Board and Officers for 2019

    Alyson Rotter, President and State Legislative Representative  (Term expires 2021)
    Jonee Dubos, Vice-President and Auditor  (Term expires 2019)
    Carolynn Perkins, Federal Legislative Representative  (Term expires 2021)
    John Hurley, appointed 8-8-19  (Term expires 2019)
    Dave Rubie, WIAA Representative  (Term expires 2019)
    Gabriel O'Rourke-Dela Cruz, Student Representative to the Board (2019/20)
     

    2019 is an election year for three of our Board positions. Interested candidates for office must file the week of May 13-17, 2019, at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office, Elections Division, at 619 Division St., Port Orchard.  Please visit their website for more information.

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     From the Center for Public Education (an NSBA Initiative): An excerpt from School Boards and the Power of the Public

    Community engagement matters to schools and engagement in the schools matters to communities, so say Michael A. Resnick and Anne L. Bryant in an essay called “School Boards and the Power of the Public.” The essay is part of a new book, Education and the Making of a Democratic People, available from Paradigm Publishers. It places special emphasis on how school boards can engage the public, how they serve as an example of democracy in action, and why it’s the schools’ responsibility to teach students about democracy in ways that are tangible and meaningful. Resnick and Bryant also make the case for elected school boards and the representative role they play. Highlights of the essay include:  Schools and civic engagement

    • Schools are the most significant public institution: They provide a social environment where kids spend six hours per day 180 days per year.
    • Schools provide adults with their first major opportunity to be involved.
    • Schools serve community life and participatory democracy.
    • Schools and communities working together can create the schools they want, to match the life envisioned for their children.

     

    Animated Video - Role of a School Board  

    The role of the school board is frequently misunderstood by citizens.  And students often do not fully understand the impact that the Board may have on their future.  This animated video, which won an award in NSPRA's (National School Public Relations Association) 2016 Electronic Media competition, takes a crack at explaining the role of the Board to an elementary student.  Thanks to the Texas Assn. of School Boards for providing the leadership to explain the role of today's school board. 

     



    Be Involved
    One of the best ways to stay informed of what's happening in public education in your community and to have a voice in it, is to attend a meeting of your local school board.  Our Board welcomes you at its meetings. If you would like to bring something to the attention of the directors, there is a public comment period at the beginning of each regular meeting where visitors may make presentations lasting up to three minutes. Provided near the entrance, you will find forms, “Request to Address The Board of Directors;” please complete this form and give to Ms. Cossack before the Board meeting if you wish to provide comments. You may also comment prior to Board action on any specific action agenda item, by simply raising your hand during Board discussion.  Comments on agenda items are also limited to three minutes. You may also write, email, or telephone your school board directors to make your opinions known. 

     

    Please note that discussions regarding individual staff or students are not appropriate for a public meeting. Please contact the Superintendent regarding these complaint procedures.

     


     

     2019-2020 Board Meeting Schedule

    The Board meets most first and third Thursday at 5:00 pm in the Board Room, District Administration Building, 134 Marion Ave. N.    Complete School Board Meeting Schedule

     



    Agendas, Minutes, and Other Information
    For agendas, minutes, and other information, please visit our BoardDocs website.  It is an easy site to navigate around.  Here are a few tips:

    • For information on individual Board members, visit the Welcome page, select Board Members on the left side. 
    • For current meeting informaton, select the "Information" tab, which displays current meeting agendas and materials.
    • For past meeting information, select the "Meetings" tab to scroll down through past meeting agendas and materials.
    • To view minutes, click on "View the Minutes" button on the right (available only after approval by the Board).
    • To view upcoming meeting schedules and planned study sessions, click on the "Library" tab, then General, then click on Schedules.


    If you have any questions or comments about BoardDocs, please contact Ioanna Cossack at ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org or call 360.473.1031.

  • 2019-2020 Board Goals

    Overarching themes/focus for 19/20 are communication, equity, and accountability

     

    Standard 1- Provide responsible school district governance.

    Benchmark of Success B: Ensuring the Board is accountable and open to the public including seeking divergent perspectives in its decision making process.

    Focus area(s):

    • Follow a defined process for gathering input prior to making critical decisions (Q7).

    Benchmark of Success F: Working as an effective and collaborative team.

    Focus area(s):

    • Together with the Superintendent, share responsibility for the orientation of new Board members and forming a new inclusive team (Q22).

     

    Standard 3- Create conditions district-wide for student and staff success.

    Benchmark of Success B: Employing and supporting quality teachers, administrators and other staff and providing for their professional development.

    Focus area(s):

    • Have policies that ensure hiring and retention of highly qualified staff (Q35).
    • Have policies for evaluating staff based on student success (Q36).

    Benchmark of Success D: Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for an efficient and effective learning environment.

    Focus area(s):

    • Communicate an expectation that all classrooms will implement effective instructional practices (Q45).
    • Provide for evaluation of district operations to ensure there is an efficient and effective learning environment (Q46).

     

     Standard 4- Hold school district accountable for meeting student learning expectations.

    Benchmark of Success A: Committing to continuous improvement in student achievement at each school and throughout the district.

    Focus area(s):

    • Ensure a high degree of coherence between the district plan and school improvement plans (Q53).
    • Publicly recognize the efforts of schools in improving student learning (Q55).

    Benchmark of Success C: Measuring student academic progress and needs based on valid and reliable assessments.

    Focus area(s):

    • Regularly evaluate and adjust resources and strategies for closing achievement gaps to maximize their effectiveness (Q62).

     

    Standard 5- Engage local community and represent the values and expectations they hold for their schools.

    Benchmark of Success A: Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

    Focus area(s):

    • Follow an effective process for responding to questions, concerns, comments or feedback from citizens (Q66).

    Benchmark of Success C: Ensuring district information and decisions are communicated community-wide.

    Focus area(s):

    • Communicate district performance to the public in clear and understandable ways (Q70).

     

    Adopted September 19, 2019

Last Modified on November 21, 2019