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Board Elections 2019Are You Interested in Serving as a Director on Bremerton School District's Board? Director positions 1, 2, and 3 will be on the November ballot this November.
If you are wondering if serving on our school board is the right fit for you, you can learn more about running for school board from the Washington State School Directors' Association, or take a look at Serving on Your Local School Board: A Guide for Candidates.
Candidates must file the week of May 13-17. Please visit the Kitsap County Candidate filing webpage forinformation!
Incumbents are Naomi Evans, David Rubie, and Jonee Dubos, respectively. 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.
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.
A person may become a candidate for a place on the Board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the county auditor during the May filing period as prescribed by law. In the event that there are more than two candidates for any position on the Board, a primary election shall be held on the third Tuesday of August in the manner prescribed by law. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will appear on the election ballot in November.
Each year, the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) features workshops for potential school directors. They will hold a series of workshops throughout Washington in June to encourage citizens to learn about and consider school board service. 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.
Our Board and Officers for 2019Alyson 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)Naomi Evans (Term expires 2019)Dave Rubie, WIAA Representative (Term expires 2019)Isabella Meyer, Student Representative to the Board (2018/19)
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.
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.
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.
2018-2019 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 email@example.com or call 360.473.1031.
2018-2019 Board GoalsThe Bremerton School Board adopts a board calendar to ensure inclusion of their vital responsibilities; evaluating the Superintendent, monitoring district progress to strategic goals (Q52), oversight of implementation of the strategic plan (Q54), engaging the community and staff around the strategic plan and publicly recognizing the success of our schools (Q55).Evaluating the Superintendent: The Board and Superintendent agree to schedule additional time within the Board monitoring calendar for discussing evidence and progress towards goal areas within the framework for the Washington Standards Based Superintendent Evaluation.There will be discussion regarding written goals for the Superintendent that focus on specific outcomes for student learning (Q 56) and communicating performance expectations for the Superintendent to our community (Q 57) during upcoming evaluation discussions.Monitoring District progress to strategic goals: In October/November, staff will provide and review with the Board disaggregated assessment/achievement data (Q61), Comprehensive School Improvement Plans (CSIPs), and other upcoming assessments (SEL, climate/culture etc.) for the Bremerton School District. Regarding school improvement conversations with administrators and staff members, a common set of clarifying questions/themes related to multi-tiered systems of support will be developed and shared with staff prior to the meetings.
Throughout the year require the effective use of data throughout the system to monitor student achievement and district performance. (Q59, Q61)
Throughout the year regularly review and understand the criteria, assessment tools, and methods that measure student achievement and district performance. (Q60)Regularly evaluate and adjust resources and strategies for closing achievement gaps to maximize their effectiveness (Q62).
Engaging the community and staff around the strategic plan: A communication plan for the Board will be developed as part of the District communication plan. Consistency and frequency of messaging is key.Publicly recognize the success of our schools (Q55): The Board commits to more visible presence within the District with Board Directors informally dividing up the schools within the District. With the assistance of the new District Communications/Community Relations Director the Board intends to be intentional with recognition of staff/programs within the District.Vision
As lifelong learners, our students will develop the confidence, skills, and perseverance to choose their future and become thriving, contributing members and leaders of society.
The Bremerton School District, together with families and community members, provides equitable education opportunities and supports for all students to provide them the foundation to live productive and rewarding lives.
♦ Highly effective teaching that responds to diverse learners is crucial to student success.
♦ Our students and community deserve facilities that are safe, efficient and multifunctional.
♦ Our students will be prepared for life, career, and lifelong learning.
♦ Comprehensive leadership includes a focus on equitable access, family and community partnerships, and attention to the whole student in all areas of development.
Adopted by the Bremerton School Board of Directors 12.14.17