Building the future of public education - Celebrate School Board Recognition Month January 2019  

     Celebrate School Board Recognition Month January 2019

    Building the future of public education - By proclamation of Governor Inslee, January is School Board Recognition Month for the 23rd year in a row.   In November, our Board was recognized as a "2018 Board of Distinction" by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA).  We agree with Governor Inslee; our school directors are outstanding volunteers and are true champions for public education. 


    Our Board and Officers for 2019

    Alyson Rotter, President and State Legislative Representative
    Jonee Dubos, Vice-President and Auditor
    Carolynn Perkins, Federal Legislative Representative
    Naomi Evans
    Dave Rubie, WIAA Representative 
    Isabella Meyer, Student Representative to the Board (2018/19)

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




    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.



     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 ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org or call 360.473.1031.

  • 2018-2019 Board Goals

    The 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).
    Oversight of implementation of the strategic plan (Q52, Q54): The Board adopted a new strategic plan mission, vision and belief statements in December 2017. The Board directs the Superintendent to continue implementation of the strategic plan and provide benchmarks and a timeline of reporting to the Board.
    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.
    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.

    We Believe

    ♦ 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

Last Modified on January 4, 2019