BSD Staff Updates
2021-22 Issue #10: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
2022 Juneteenth Celebration
Save the date for next year's event on June 17!!
BSD in the news!
Graduation 2022: Bremerton's Hurt in rare company as valedictorian
Pretty soon, before his journey across the country to begin his college career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bremerton High School senior Kendrean Hurt will offer a temporary farewell to his best friend: a black-and-white dog named Kita.
Jeff Graham: Appreciation time for our sports officials
Working at the Kitsap Sun for the past 15 years, it's not too often that I find myself saying "this is the first time I've seen anything like this" when describing an event that I cover. Those are pretty much the words I used when attending Saturday's "officials appreciation" barbecue at Bremerton High School.
New before- and after-school childcare offers 50% discount for BSD staff
Highlights from June 16th, 2022
SSB 5030 requires the development of Comprehensive School Counseling Program Plans and specifies that a transition plan be created and adopted by the school board, with implementation beginning during the 2022-23 school year. At this meeting, the Board approved the Transition Plan components provided by the leadership team.
Legislation passed in the 2019 session (HB 1599) established multiple graduation pathway options. President Rotter spoke about efforts by the State Board of Education to gather input from the public and to increase awareness of Graduation Pathway Options. Their survey continues until July 1st, and she encouraged the District to help get that information out to our community, as well to respond with input.
Dr. Garth Steedman provided his General Fund Budget Report for May 31, 2022. The District recently received an additional $2.2 million in Enrollment Stabilization Funds (federal funds) which had been unexpected until the most recent legislative session. These funds must be tracked and spent within the next year. To date, the District has expended 68.1% of its Annual Budget, compared to 69.3% last year.
Assistant Superintendent Steedman also presented a Facilities/Capital Projects Report reviewing those projects that were completed during the 2021/22 school year and planned for this summer. Recently, the District was looking to install artificial turf on one of the practice fields at Bremerton High at a preliminary estimate of $1 million. After looking at the size of the field and the requirements for a high school soccer field, it was determined that there would be additional work needed to increase the level area for a proper field, and the new estimated cost is $1.7 million. Due to cost and other projects, any work on the practice field has been postponed. There was also similar news for the Mountain View Middle School Sports Complex due to increased costs. When the Board looked at the estimate for the complex in November of 2021, it was $19.2 million, including lights, parking, restrooms and concessions. Working with the architect/ engineering team, the project manager recently reported an updated estimate of $22.3 million. The capital levy is expected to bring in $17 million for this project. Market fluctuations such as this will have impact on other project viability, and will have similar cash flow implications.
A new 2022-2023 working agreement was approved between the District and the Bremerton Coaches and Activities Association. The District signed a Memo of Understanding with the Bremerton Education Assn. (BEA), making changes to Section Q, Special Education Case Management.
The last action for the night was to approve the appointment of Assistant Superintendent Garth Steedman to serve as Acting Superintendent for the month of July. This fills the gap between Dr. Leavell’s departure date and the first day of work for incoming Interim Superintendent Donna Closkey.
As this was Dr. Leavell’s last meeting as our Superintendent, Directors took time to celebrate him and thank him for his years leading the District and caring for students, staff and the community. In turn, Dr. Leavell thanked them for their kind words and reminded them that students need them, as do the staff in the buildings, “where the hard work and magic happens.” We can take some solace that Aaron will be right around the corner at the OESD.
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A message from Daniel in the warehouse
Due to some changes in the district, there will be lots of moves this summer. In order to be as efficient as I can (one person to handle all the moves), there will be some things that I need from every person that is moving.
- Please use district provided boxes (see your custodian if you need them).
- Please tape all boxes top and bottom.
- Please label all boxes and furniture with a destination.
- Please have all items to be moved in one designated area.
- Please have someone submit a work order with an approximate number of items to be moved.
Collective Bargaining Leave Cash Out Requests
Per your collective bargaining agreement, you may be able to cash out personal or vacation days. Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing their own leave balances, how much leave they have used during the school year and how their balance is affected by their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and District policy.
Please review your CBA to determine the leave balances that can be rolled from one school year to the next. Excess balances will be forfeited on September 1st each year (July 1st each year for Administrators). Some groups may be able to cash out Personal and/or Vacation days. If, after consulting your CBA, you determine you are qualified to cash out part of your leave balance please click on the following link for your Union and follow the instructions to fill out the form. Your responses will be collected and used in our approval process for issuing cash out payments. Each group has their own deadlines outlined in their CBA and/or in the form with the first deadline of July 1st.
If needed, please consult the "EA+ Quick Start Guide" (link: https://www.bremertonschools.org/Page/8792 ) to learn how to view your leave balances.
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Kitsap County Resources: HEAL Coalition
Did you know the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition (one of the five networks of Kitsap Strong) created a webpage with an interactive map of resources for transportation, health care, food banks, clothing, free wifi, and other services? Check it out (and share!)