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

     

     The application deadline for those interested in serving in Position #1 until after the November elections has ended.  

     

    At our upcoming August 1st meeting, the Board will interview Mr. John Hurley who applied to fill the position vacated by Naomi Evans in June.  Mr. Hurley is a candidate on the November ballot, running for Director Position #2.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting and submit questions if interested.  Since there was only one applicant, the Board is looking to revise the timeline originally published.  After the interview, and upon offer and acceptance of the position, Mr. Hurley will be sworn in on August 1, rather than August 15th as originally scheduled.

     

    TIMELINE

    June 21, 2019      Applications available - please contact Ioanna Cossack

                                        at ioanna.cossack@bremertonschools.org or 360.473-1031

    July 8, 2019         Completed applications must be received by 4:30 pm

    July 11, 2019        In executive session, the Board will review the qualifications of the

                                           applicants and, in open session, select the candidates to be interviewed.

    August 1, 2019     Interview of candidates in a regular Board meeting open to the public, followed

                                           by executive session to consider the qualifications of the candidates. The 

                                           Board anticipates taking final action on selection of a candidate in open session.

    August 15, 2019    First meeting and Oath of Office of selected candidate.

     

    Anyone interested, please contact the Board secretary (information above) or the Superintendent's Office. 

     

    6/29/19 Kitsap Daily News / Bremerton School Board seeking candidates to fill open position

     

    Attachment:  Application Packet/Information

     

    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.

     

    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)
    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.

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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.

     


     

     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.
     
    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.

    Mission
    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

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