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North Kitsap School District No. 400 Director District 5

4-year term. No salary, but 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 – a focus on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – prudent financial planning and oversight, as well as diligent and innovative policy-making; Accountability – specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and making recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – championing 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 its 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 board sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. It also sets salaries for school district employees.

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    Kim Gerlach 

  • Cindy Webster-Martinson

Biographical Information

What unique qualities about yourself, your experiences, and your education separate you from the other seekers of this office?

What, in your opinion, are the three most pressing issues facing your school district at this time?

How would you address the one at the top of your list?

How would you balance educational opportunities between schools?

How would you assure the safety of all students in your schools?

What are the issues that need to be addressed to provide racial equality in the schools?

How should technical training be offered in the secondary schools?

How can the schools provide adequate education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children at all levels?

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Town where you live Kingston
Experience (300 characters max) Associate of Science Northern Montana College Electrical Apprenticeship JATC Seattle Commercial/industrial Electrician and Foreman Maintenance Lead North Kitsap School District Respite foster parent
I have lived in North Kitsap for 34 years and have two children who attend NK schools. I I have attended many school board meetings and have followed the workings closely. Children’s needs are very important to me. Being a respite foster parent is one small thing I can do to contribute. We as a community need to support those who are successful as well as those who struggle. Education is the first step. My career was as a commercial/industrial electrician then as the Maintenance Lead for North Kitsap School District. These jobs gave me the opportunities to work with people with a wide variety of knowledge. I know how to work with and listen to people who have different skill sets, ideas and opinions. I know the facilities extensively. I feel I can approach the issues with in the district from a new viewpoint.

The budget runs North Kitsap School District. I want to be involved with fiscal responsibility. The taxpaying public must know their money is being used efficiently and wisely.

Security and safety.

Class size and overcrowding
I am conservative in spending. In my own life I consider my needs versus wants. I will encourage NKSD to do the same. The superintendent is in charge of the spending and the budget. I will review the spending before I give fiscal approval at the board meetings. It will be my responsibility to know how and why the spending is being done. I will encourage cost cutting that will make improvements for the students and staff. One example of this is to make building improvements that reduce the payment to Puget Sound Energy. The bills paid in December and January in this last school year was $202,246.85. May and June was $187.178.12. It will be my responsibility to the communities to encourage wise and effective spending.
I will listen to parents and staff to understand what they consider the imbalances are and their opinion as to how to correct the problem. I agree with the decision to limit in district transfers. If there is a problem with a school that is causing parents to want their children in another school the problem must be addressed and corrected. Avoiding the problem is not the answer.
We must raise this generation of children with the ability to see through the lens of compassion and empathy. If we can understand the differences we all have and be inclusive, the frustrations and anger that cause security problems may be lessened. So far as physical implementations with security, the district has made improvements in this area the elementary schools. I am a firm believer in locking all doors during the school day. The middle schools and high schools need to have doors locked and campuses secured. We must have staff interacting with students at the front door when students arrive and leave.
This is another area where we must be teaching compassion and empathy. We all have equal value. I need to know the specifics of the racial inequity that the children in this district face. I will work as hard as possible to have all students know their value their importance in the schools, the communities and this country.
Our students deserve the opportunity to seek diverse careers whether in technology, trade work, military or college. It is the responsibility of NKSD to provide the education that supports this goal. I have researched the NKDS website and am not able to find details of the technical training currently offered. One of the first things I would like to see is a change with the CTE dual credit program. The NKSD website describes this as "an ideal opportunity, especially for students who are first generation, economically disadvantaged or who are bright but underperforming and/or unmotivated .” The draw to these classes should be for those who are interested in CTE. It needs to be for all students with no matter their generation or economic standing. The students who are interested in technology should not be labeled as “underperforming or unmotivated.” I would like to see the students surveyed to find out what their interests are in this area and design courses around this.
This is an area I will need the communities help with. We are fortunate to have the City of Poulsbo and organizations like Fishline and the Coffee Oasis in Poulsbo and soon in Kingston. Fishline helps with the basic needs then works to ensure stability. The Coffee Oasis is about creating opportunities for homeless youth. Through these organizations and the City of Poulsbo, NKDS can have the ability to identify specific needs and work toward solutions. Looking at the district website I can see there is a “English Development Program” that includes promoting “respect and appreciation for diverse Language and cultures.” As a Director I will be able to learn more about this program and be certain the program is successful.
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