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4-year termNo 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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    Richard (Dick) Lockwood (NP) Aerospace Engineer

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    Beth Worthington (NP) Senior System Engineer

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How should a Board hold the district accountable for ensuring all elements of the required semester of Civics is covered – local and state government as well as federal?

What percentage of your district’s eligible 8th grade students are signed up for the College Bound Scholarship Program?

What do you consider an acceptable level of participation for your district’s eligible 8th grade students?

What should be the Board’s role in addressing problems between the superintendent and the teachers/community?

Phone (360) 598-2318
Town where you live Poulsbo
Experience (300 characters max) I direct technical requirements for the US Navy. I was an engineering manager for Goodrich Aerospace. I’m a retired Air Force officer with an MS in Aerospace Engineering. I’ve been NKHS choir booster president. I’ve served three NKSD Committees: Finance, Strategic Planning, and Facility Planning.
The board must ensure the district conducts social studies curriculum updates. Board approval ensures a top civics education, including the semester of Civics or its alternative, AP US Government. The board should continue to hear reports from the superintendent’s Director of Curriculum on the standards and assessment at our high schools. Finally the board should consider how the high schools offer opportunities for students to get involved in their schools or communities outside of class.
According to the Washington Student Achievement Council, the reconciled sign-up rate for the NKSD class of 2020 was 65%. The state average rate is higher at 71%. Washington Student Achievement Council figures are available here:
We should beat the State averages in sign-up rates. Districts like Bellingham and Bellevue have twice our number of eligible students and they meet or exceed the state rates. We can do this. We know students who signed up for College Bound by the end of their 8th grade year in 2011 graduated from high school in 2015 at higher rates than those that didn’t sign up.
During a problem the board must keep open lines of communication between itself, the superintendent, educators, and the community. Later, record the problems in the superintendent’s evaluation. If determinable, include root cause and corrective actions. As preventive measures the board should strive to effectively respond to questions and concerns from citizens. The board should continue the board meeting agenda item focused on answering questions from the community.
Phone (360) 434-4809
Town where you live Suquamish
Experience (300 characters max) North Kitsap School District Director since 2014. Selected President, 2015, 2016 & 2017. 32 year-career National Defense Programs. Certified Project Manager. M.S. in Systems Management, University of Denver; B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
I believe that Civics education is very important and applaud what LWV did to get Civics incorporated in state law. Other than approving primary materials, a school board member has nothing to do with what happens in classrooms, that is left to teachers. I think a better question is how can the community (including LWV and the school board) support teachers to get better outcomes, which is engaged and informed citizens. I would like to partner with LWV to reach that aim.
The numbers are found on Washington Student Achievement Council at North Kitsap school district's rate for students graduating in 2020 is 84%, which is less than the entire state which is 88% and slightly less than districts in our educational service district which is at 85%.
Given that all students should keep their options open, I advocate for 100% enrollment of all eligible students.
The board’s role is governance and does not include a direct role in addressing problems between the superintendent and the teachers/community. The board establishes policies and agreements and the superintendent ensures they are followed. Problems are addressed according to agreements and policies. Ideally, all relationships are good and I will work toward and encourage good relationships. I look forward to working with our new Superintendent, Dr Laurynn Evans to establish strong relationships. logo


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