Ahead of National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, here’s a piece I submitted to the City about Demi Allen, chair of the City’s Non-Motorized Committee.
Demi Allen is one of the fortunate few for whom there isn’t much difference between an occupation and a calling. A business lawyer by education and experience, Allen returned to school in 2011, looking to incorporate his passions—conservation, biking, and livable communities—into his work. Last year he earned an MBA in Sustainable Business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He sits on the board of a social entrepreneurship organization, advises nonprofits, and volunteers for social impact investment groups.
His volunteer service is local, regional and statewide. A long-time bicycle commuter, he became Chair of the City’s Non-Motorized Transportation Committee in January. He’s also secretary of the island’s bike advocacy group, Squeaky Wheels.
Community surveys show that islanders want better bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and he wants to get busy on those priorities. He says he plans to build on the years of work done by Squeaky Wheels and others, while looking for “new approaches to close the gap between where we are and where the community would like to be.” Continue Reading »
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By Bob Seaby
A recent e-mail sent via the “Bainbridge News Wire”, the repackaged Trippwire, came with the subject line “Don’t Blame It On The Kids”. Upon reading this latest missive by our Island’s resident education critic we learn of the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) test scores of 4th graders in our three elementary schools: Wilkes, Blakely and Ordway. The author sounds the alarm by stating that the statistics show that Blakely is “genuinely producing more ‘higher learners’(rankings of 80%+)” than either Wilkes or Ordway. In a subsequent e-mail the author poses the question, “What explains the difference in performance between the three schools?” We are to believe that Blakely must be doing something right and the other two schools are at fault for not having as many “higher learners”. The author suggests the other two schools may be doing something wrong. Thus, the warning that we should not blame the kids. However, I must ask is it really necessary to blame anyone?
For the record I am not a supporter of the current trend to use standardized tests to evaluate our school children. This is an unfortunate result of the need to justify funding, evaluate teachers, rank students and schools and, in my opinion, cave in to the corporate interference in our educational system. Although some believe this business model to be the ideal, many feel it is inappropriate in the school setting. In many schools valuable instructional time is lost in test preparation, test administration and post test analysis. When I was teaching my curriculum was definitely compromised to accommodate the time needed for standardized testing. Unfortunately this lost time was never regained.
After reviewing the scores of the three elementary schools I offer the following for consideration. While Blakely is indeed showing impressive achievement scores in the 80% and above brackets (64% of their 4th graders are in these brackets)–more than Wilkes and Ordway–it is Wilkes that shows a higher percentage (36% of their 4th graders) in the 90% and above brackets compared to Blakely’s 33% in this same bracket. Does this mean that the students in the lower four brackets of these two schools are receiving less attention so as to produce “higher learners”? I doubt it because when evaluating 4th grade students in mathematics other factors must be considered. Continue Reading »
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The Kitsap County Election Division results are in for the evening and the Bainbridge School District’s two levies are passing by enormous margins.
The Education Programs and Operations Levy is passing with a 75.4% yes vote and a 24.6% no vote. The yes votes number 5,583 and the no votes are 1,820.
The Technology Levy is passing with a 71.7% yes vote and a 28.3% no vote. Yes votes number 5,306 and no votes are 2,090.
Congratulations to the school district, its teachers, kids and parents. Well done, Bainbridge Island schools supporters!
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The Bainbridge Island Public School Supporters, the campaign organization for school ballot measures, tells me only 6742 ballots have been received by the Kitsap County Elections Division as of today. That’s just under 38% of eligible Bainbridge voters.
If you lost or didn’t receive your ballot, you can go online and vote here: https://wa.liveballot.com/kitsap.
Unless you’re living overseas or in the military, you’ll need to print out your ballot after you vote online, and either mail it, or deliver it to the ballot drop-off location at the Bainbridge Island Fire Department at 8895 Madison Ave. N.E.
Kitsap County expects a county-wide turnout of 45% and we’re seven percentage points down. Bainbridge, you only have tomorrow to show your support for democracy. Don’t make Ron Burgundy judge you.
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Ballots are here and it’s time to vote and send them off. There are only two boxes to fill in: “Yes” on Bainbridge Island School District Proposition No. 1 and “Yes” on Bainbridge Island School District Proposition No. 2.
Proposition 1 is a renewal of an expiring levy for education programs and operations (EP & O levy). The approximate levy rate per $1000 of assessed property value is $1.81.
Proposition 2 is a renewal of the expiring school technology levy. The approximate levy rate per $1000 of assessed property value is $.42 in 2015, and $.41 in 2016 and 2017.
My reasons for saying this is an “of course” vote are simple.
The state of Washington is not meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. In 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled that our legislature has failed to meet its obligation under the state constitution to fully fund education. The Court set a timeline for reform, but the legislature has not made adequate progress toward the goals set by the Court. Continue Reading »
Posted in Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge schools, Culture, Family | Tagged Bainbridge Island School District, Education, EP&O Levy, McCleary, Technology Levy | 4 Comments »
In front of a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall, the Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend denial of permits for the Visconsi development proposal on High School Road. The Commissions’s findings and recommendation now go to the Hearing Examiner for review.
The crowd listened quietly as Commissioner Maradel Gale read the Planning Commission’s findings and analysis. At the conclusion of her remarks, and again after the Commission took the vote, there was enthusiastic applause.
The Visconsi team, including architect Charlie Wenzlau, sat near the front of the room, but did not comment during the meeting.
The Commission based its decision in large part on the safety problems presented by the proposed development, particularly pedestrian hazards, problems with ingress and egress into the property, and traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood. Continue Reading »
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This article is from Estately, a real estate sales blog. A little taunting for those unfortunates who don’t live here yet.
13 Reasons You Should NEVER Move to Bainbridge Island
At first glance, Bainbridge Island appears to be a fantastic place to live. It has beautiful scenery, great schools, low crime, friendly people, and it’s only a short ferry ride from Seattle. It’s no wonder so many people want to move there. However, few people know of the horrors that come with Bainbridge Island living. If you, or someone you love, are considering moving to Bainbridge Island, you’d best read this and then get back on the ferry and return to the mainland.
SEA LIONS THAT BARK ALL NIGHT
Looking to move out of the city for some peace and quiet? Maybe to a little island where you can hear the waves gently lapping at the shore? Well, hope you like the sounds of flatulent sea lions barking all hours of the night from their offshore buoys. BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! It’s like living across the street from a sea lion frat house during rush week.
YOUR NOVEL WILL REMAIN UNPUBLISHED
Even if you corner him at the bakery, even if you beg and plead, local PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author David Guterson isn’t going to read your novel. In fact, the likelihood of him offering feedback on your vampire-themed thriller is equal to the likelihood of snow falling on cedars in Hell. Continue Reading »
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