August 2017-18 Superintendent's Message
The 2017-18 school year is just around the corner! This edition of the Notebook will provide you updates and information about projects and planning for this next school year and beyond.
First, I would like to thank the hundreds of staff, parents and community members who participated in the first step of our district-wide strategic planning process by actively participating in our Community Engagement Forums and through the online communication tool, Thoughtexchange. In total, we had nearly 1,000 parents, staff, students, and community members participate! In the coming months, you will be hearing more about our strategic plan and district goals as our School Board considers the information and approves a final version. Our strategic plan will serve as our road map and compass for accomplishing many great things with our students over the next several years!
Secondly, in late June, the legislators approved a state operating budget. Within the budget, there are huge shifts and implications for public school districts and how we receive funding. While most changes do not impact us for the 2017-18 school year, we are learning as much as we can now about all of the changes as we work closely with the state, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and neighboring school districts. We are committed to keeping you informed along the way and I encourage everyone to utilize our website as an excellent source of information for this topic and all things district-related!
We are beyond grateful for the community’s generous support and genuine excitement about our grounds and facilities improvements! Most of the projects that were funded during the 2012 Capital Projects Levy are now complete as we have made the transition to projects approved in the 2016 Capital Levy. With these new tax dollars, we are able to focus necessary resources to continue to improve our student learning environments, student and staff safety with updated security cameras, a new telephone system district-wide and playground structures at each elementary school to enhance physical activity. Our first synthetic turf field is currently being installed at Bremerton High School’s Memorial Stadium and will be ready for use the first day of school! We are proud of this community investment as it is a state of the art field with safe cork-fill material instead of crumb rubber. Additionally, Kitsap Lake Elementary School just received a new roof as promised. Other projects approved and near completion include fire system upgrades at most of our facilities, and minor roof repairs and replacement of older HVAC systems. More immediate plans include the demolition and removal of East High School and planning for specific renovations of the Performing Arts Center. Over the next two years, we will install synthetic turf on the infield of Knights Field and the practice field at Bremerton High School. This will allow our students and this community to utilize outdoor spaces that match those in our surrounding districts.
Although our enrollment needs remain a challenge, we will continue to address our space issues with both short and long-term planning to make the most of our available space.
Again, your financial support of the facilities, our students and families, is a testament to how great schools build great communities. We are looking forward to the 2017-18 school year!
Dr. Aaron Leavell, Superintendent
Last Modified on August 8, 2017