BSD Staff Updates

June 27, 2019

It is Important to Review Your Leave Balances - Will You Forfeit Any?

An important reminder from Payroll

Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing your own leave balances, how much you have used during the school year and how your balance is affected by your working agreement and District policy.

If you earn Vacation you should ensure your balance on August 31st (June 30th for Administrators) is no more than thirty (30) of your work days. Any days in excess of thirty (30) days will be forfeited on September 1st (July 1st for Administrators).

Additionally, each employee should review their working agreement regarding their rights associated with Personal leave. If you are allowed to accrue Personal leave, it is accounted for in the “Other Paid Leave” category in the Time Off Section of EA+. Any excess personal leave not used or cashed out (if eligible) by June 30th (August 31st for full year employees), will be forfeited on September 1st. For Personal Leave that qualifies for cash out (please read your specific Collective Bargaining Agreement, located on the District's website), complete a paper leave slip, mark “Other” and write “completed qualifications to receive _(insert number)_ days of Personal leave cash out”. Your request for cash out (leave slip) must be approved (signed) by your building administrator and must be submitted to Payroll by June 30, 2019. The Leave slip may be obtained in the Payroll Office or printed from the District’s website. Go to Staff, Employee Forms, Leave Slip – Exception Reporting Form.

Bus drivers needed! (Please share this info with friends, family, neighbors...)

The Bremerton School District is in serious need of school bus drivers for the next school year! Please encourage parents, friends, family members and neighbors to consider driving a school bus for the BSD. We provide paid training, good pay, flexible hours and summers off! Sick leave, Personal leave, Retirement Contribution, as well as medical, dental, and vision benefits are available for regular, permanent drivers.

Those interested should complete the online district application for substitute bus driver ASAP, and call Marco DiCicco at 360-473-0508 immediately to save their spot in the next training class that beings in July. Applications are still being accepted.

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Board Briefs: June 20, 2019

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

Policy News: The Board approved first reading of draft Policy 2418, Waiver of Graduation High School Requirements. The Board received public input from a staff member regarding this policy, and it will come back to the Board for adoption on July 11, 2019. Also, the Board retired Policy 2320, Comprehensive Student Assessment System, as this policy is no longer relevant, and was retired by WSSDA many years ago. New procedures were introduced for Policy 3224(P), Dress Code.

Board Vacancy: Naomi Evans resigned from the Board of Directors effective June 11, 2019. President Rotter announced that Director Position #1 is vacant, and the District office will immediately post and promote a process and timeline for applications so that an interim director may be appointed. As this Board position is on the ballot this year, the appointee will serve until the election process in November is complete.

Many contracts and agreements were approved on the Consent Agenda. 1) Academic & Behavioral Consultation Contract, 2) Curriculum Associates (i-Ready), 3) Peninsula Community Health Services (MVMS site), 4) AVID Agreement, and 5) National Center for Restorative Justice. Also included was the approval for students to attend the Football Camp in Oregon, July 15-18, and surplus of Chimes (BHS), CNS equipment, and three buses.

The Board held its end of year study session with elementary and secondary principals to follow up on the discussion in the fall around Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.

Many items from HR were approved, including: 1) Authorizations to Employ non-represented supervisory personnel/coordinators and supervisory and non-supervisory certificated employees; 2) 2019-20 Salary Schedules for exempt clerical, supervisors/coordinators, and non-represented classified staff; and 3) Superintendent’s Contract for 2019-22.

The Board and Dr. Leavell reported on graduations and other events they attended, including this year’s Countdown to Kindergarten kick-off event held at the administration building. Linda Sullivan-Dudzic shared that this year’s event featured “live” walking and dancing dinosaurs, and they were very popular. There were approximately 375 people in attendance, the largest attendance to date for this annual event. Director Rubie talked about all of the benefits to students who participate in the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair and reminded everyone that next year’s event will be held again at Bremerton High School, March 27-28

Upcoming Events:

  • Special Board Meeting/Study Session (Calendars), July 11
  • Regular Board Meetings, July 11, August 1 and August 15
  • Special Board Meeting/Study Session (goals, self-assessment), August 7
  • Annual Back to School Fair, August 13 (Mountain View Middle School)
  • Special Board Meeting/Study Session (before regular meeting), August 15

You can find these reports, other attachments, and more information on the agenda/BoardDocs site

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Back-to-School Fair: Community Resource Fair

Does your department, program or student club want to participate in the Community Resource Fair at the Back-to-School event? If so, the time to sign up is now!

Please note! If your club or organization would like to have a table at the Back-to-School Fair in August, you must submit an application on-line!


Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all district staff will receive 50% off fees related to YMCA Child Care*. This includes Before and After School Care programming and Child Care Day Camps.

Contact the Child Care Membership team for more information!

P: 360-813-1813

*Please note that this reduced fee ONLY applies to YMCA Child Care related fees. Other YMCA fees, such as membership to a facility branch, will remain the same.

Please share this information with kids and families!

Each year, our Bremerton High School Lady Knight returning varsity players, host a two-day soccer clinic for kids in late August. This has been a popular event over the years and we always look forward to giving back to our local community. We keep the clinic affordable to encourage active participation. Soccer is a lifetime sport and this youth soccer clinic is so much fun to be a part of, and we hope to see lots of our great Bremerton kids for this special event!

Lance McCoy

Bremerton High School

Lady Knights Varsity Soccer Head Coach

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Islandwood Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment & Community

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Patsy Collins Award, open to all K-12 teachers in Washington. Three teachers are selected annually for the award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize thanks to a partnership with the Seattle Foundation. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2019.

Learn more or nominate a teacher here.

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Training Opportunity: Teach Like Their Lives Depend On It

This engaging, effective, enjoyable experience takes place over 6-days with a cohort of 15 extraordinary educators.

For the summer of 2019 choices are: July 8-13 or August 5-10 in Bremerton, WA. Space is limited. Sign up now to take part in this amazing opportunity, and/or share with friends or colleagues.

60 Clock Hours from the State of WA available (other states’ continuing education credits are often attainable with the right documentation).

Early bird pricing available until June 1; special pricing for groups of 3-5 coming together from a school/district.

For more information or to register, click here.

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter Issue #13 distributed June 27, 2019.