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North Kitsap School District No. 400 Director District 1

4-year term No Salary, some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board Members or “directors” – are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – focuses the work on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – provides prudent financial planning and oversight; diligent and innovative policymaking; Accountability – sets specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting and recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district Superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of the critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Rick Eckert (NP) Program Manager, Naval Hospital Bremerton

  • Daron Jagodzinske (NP)

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Biographical Information

Of three major issues facing your district, which one is the most urgent?

What is your position on Charter Schools as a part of your public school system?

What is your position on testing of your students?

What is your opinion on "start times" for elementary and secondary school?

How can the on-time graduation rate be improved?

How should bullying be addressed?

What would be your plan to see that your school district students earn their civics credit required by the new state law?

What is your opinion of student suspension for classroom disruption?

Email richardeckert1@gmail.com
Town where you live Poulsbo
Experience (300 characters max) Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, NKSD ALE/Core 24 Committee
Funding is most urgent. Sufficient, or insufficient, funding drives virtually every aspect of the district. Without sufficient funding, we can’t hire enough staff or retain the staff we have. Without sufficient funding, we can’t maintain our facilities properly. Without sufficient funding, we cannot expand capacity in our schools, key to maintaining a healthy, competitive district. We must avoid narrowing or specializing our capacity if we wish to properly support our entire student body. We must increase capacity due to the burdens placed with the Core 24 graduation requirements. These new requirements make it necessary that we offer a broader selection of courses for students to graduate on time and prepare for whatever future they plan to pursue. Funding is necessary to my third issue which is insufficient support for special education. We must make changes to accommodate these new requirements or Special Education students will not be able to graduate. We need more paraeducators!
The standard public school environment is not for every student. I do not look favorably on anything that takes funds away from our schools because I still believe that our schools’ funding in adequate. That said, I support offering alternate learning environments across the board both within and outside of our existing schools.
I believe that testing is one tool among many that districts can use to evaluate how the district is performing. I do not believe that it is the most important tool we have available. I also do not believe that testing should be done that takes away from learning. If the state and federal governments are going to mandate testing, testing days should be added on top of the minimum instructional hours and be funded accordingly.
I do not have a final opinion on this issue yet. The research for changing start times is compelling. Being the parent of a recently graduated teenager, I have seen anecdotal evidence first hand supporting later start times for the older students. I understand that there would be financial investment needed to support the switch and that is a serious consideration. I also understand how changing the school times for younger students could have serious implications for working parents. I think that we need to continue to study this issue and not make any rash decisions.
Increased capacity is key. Our current high schools offer 6 classes per day each semester. On-time graduation is currently relying on assuming that a student fails no class at any time in their high school career and every class that they need to graduate is available when they need to take it. And that leaves little time for additional course work for students seeking to go on to college, particularly in other states that have different graduation requirements. We must take steps to increase capacity in the day and/or year. I participated in the district’s ALE/Core 24 Committee where we investigated many options for increasing capacity. Block schedules, trimesters, increased school days and year-around school are all possible options. I personally lean towards changing to a 4 x 4 block schedule. This schedule would provide many benefits academically. It also provides time during the school day for students with other needs to receive that support who might otherwise not receive it.
Bullying must be addressed for multiple angles. Educate the students on what is bullying, school policy against bullying and what resources are available to students who fells that they are being bullied. We also need to involve the parents. Parents are crucial to establishing what our school community will and will not accept with regards to student behavior. Lastly we need to address it earlier. Behaviors are basically set by high school. Middle school students are the key, building on the groundwork started by the elementary schools.
We have a plan in place. We, as a board, need to ensure that the district has the resources to execute the plan. We need to continue to stress the importance of the entire civics curriculum to include local government. We can ensure that district policy supports students participating in their local governments. I also think that we should investigate ways to involve the community more. For example, bring in members of local government (city, county, tribal, port) to speak to students.
I believe that suspension should be used sparingly. I believe that there need to be clear benchmarks for what level of behavior constitutes disruption. Our district administrators need clear policy to work from so that suspensions are applied the same within each school and across the district. The school board must set that policy. We also need to consider that state law requires that suspended students still receive an education. We do not have an adequate plan in place to meet this requirement. We also do not have a process to help re-integrate those students back into the classroom after being suspended. Those issues must be addressed along with make clear policy to support our administrators.
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