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The City of Bainbridge Island sent out this press release this morning:

Earlier this morning the Bainbridge Island Police Department was notified of two suspicious incidents involving an adult approaching students on Wardwell Road in Bainbridge Island.

The first incident occurred yesterday afternoon, March 17 at approximately 3:20 p.m. while students were walking home from school on Wardwell Road between Sportsman Club Road and McRedmond Road. A white male driving a dirty white pickup truck stopped and offered the students some ice cream. When the students declined the male drove away.

The second incident occurred this morning, March 18 at approximately 8:20 a.m. , and also took place on Wardwell Road. A white male driving a dirty grey four door sedan stopped and asked a student where the student was going.  (more…)

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I received this letter yesterday, in response to my post “Fair housing or fair weather ideals?” The writer teaches English, film studies and composition at Bainbridge High School.

Hi Althea,

I just read your article on affordable housing and the Suzuki property and wanted to thank you for raising such an important issue

If you are interested, there is another side / consequence to the lack of affordable housing on Bainbridge–a significantly diminished ability to attract and retain teachers and administrators for Bainbridge schools.

The school board recently repealed the requirement that administrators have to live on the island. While that’s both a compromise and a recognition of our housing problem, it’s certainly not a solution.

Other organizations such as the Housing Resources Board and the Marguerite Foundation make laudable efforts to address this issue. Unfortunately their income and experience rules often wind up excluding more experienced teachers.

This is an issue that’s both immediate and near and dear to my heart. Last year, my wife and I divorced. I was lucky to find a one-bedroom apartment I could afford on Bainbridge so that I could stay near my three children. When my kids come over, they sleep on air mattresses in the crowded living room. It’s not ideal, but we’ve made it work for the past year. However, a couple of months ago, I found out that my landlord intends to sell the apartment at the end of my lease. As you are probably aware, while the housing market is tight on the island, the rental market is even tighter. After going through the loss of my rental myself and seeing it happen to two close friends, I decided it was time to stop renting and start shopping for a house.

Despite having lived and taught in this community for 11 years, despite being at the top of my pay scale with zero debt and a credit score in the 800s, I, as a single teacher, literally cannot afford to buy a house in the community I call home. I’ve done everything I can short of working a second job–and there are many teachers who do just that in order to make ends meet. I’ve pursued and received my National Boards endorsement, I advise an after school club. For years, I served as department head. Despite these pursuits, I simply don’t make enough to afford even a modest house on the island. Consequently I am moving to Poulsbo in two weeks. (more…)

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By Bob Seaby

testingA 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. (more…)

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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.

REALLY

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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.

Tech Open House music_optProposition 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. (more…)

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There’s lots to talk about on Bainbridge Island these days. Feel free to use this post (or any other) to kick around ideas, reactions, and concerns about our island. And while you’re at it, take the new Notebook Poll on the right-hand sidebar  (yes, I know none of the answers given will solve the whole problem. So definitely post a comment if you have more to say). 

Hot topics this week:

*  What do you think about the possibility that the City will cut funding to community organizations supporting Comprehesive Plan-mandated programs like the arts and social services? (Read the Review article about it here.) Should the City lay more staff off instead? How would City services be affected?

*  Will you vote for the $42 million capital bond for schools (scheduled for a May vote)? (more…)

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