Bremerton School District News
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Important update for West Hills STEM Academy Families
Dear West Hills STEM Academy families,
We have an important update about changes happening at West Hills STEM Academy.
West Hills STEM Academy (WHSA) is transitioning from a K-8 school to a K-5 elementary school. This means all middle school students in the Bremerton School District will attend Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) starting in the 2022-23 school year.
Enrollment has increased at WHSA due to growth in the West Hills community, and we must address the overcrowding at WSHA. After careful review of our transportation capacity and our ability to transport all students to WHSA regardless of their service area, it was determined that we cannot provide equitable access for all students across our entire district to attend the STEM Academy. This equity concern deepened our decision to move the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to MVMS.
In addition to this change, last month we announced that Naval Avenue Early Learning Center is transitioning to a (K-5) elementary school next year. This means 4th graders at West Hills who live in the Naval Avenue attendance area will return to Naval Avenue for 5th grade for the 2022-23 school year rather than being bussed to WHSA.
With these changes at West Hills, we’ve also got some exciting staffing changes to share. We are pleased to announce that principal Melissa Rohr has accepted the position of District Career & College Readiness Administrator and District AVID Director. Assistant Principal Kelli Andrews is returning to Bremerton High School as an assistant principal. We are beginning the search for a new elementary school principal for West Hills STEM Academy and are looking forward to introducing you to that leader later this spring.
We know these changes can be disappointing or even frustrating for our families. We do not make these changes without careful consideration. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com or 360-473-1006 if you have questions or concerns.
We appreciate your continued support!
The Bremerton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Garth Steedman at 360.473.1031 or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh at 360.473.4400. Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.