Along with North Kitsap School Board Member Mike Desmond, North Kitsap Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Laurynn Evans spoke to Rotarians at their Jan 5 meeting.
     Dr. Evans' presentation centered on two upcoming continuing local levies, essentially renewals of levies passed by voters in 2018  One, Proposition 1, replacement of educational programs and operations, seeks to continue funding for day-to-day school operations and programs that support North Kitsap students. Evans explained this levy accounts for 15-percent of the operational budget, funding that is not provided by the state.  This helps with shortages in nurses, psychologists, janitors and playing field staff, tech support, and funding of district sports.
     Proposition 2, the second levy renewal, is a replacement facilities and technology capital projects levy.  It focuses resources on building maintenance and repairs, technology for schools, equitable learning spaces, and future focused planning, i.e. new buildings that will be necessary to accommodate projected student growth in the district. Evans indicated the District was $80m in arrears in deferred maintenance when she came on board in July 2017.  Since then the deferred obligation has been whittled to $40m.  She indicated the technology piece of the 2018 capital levy had been a lifesaver in delivering online learning during the pandemic.  
     Desmond, the school board member, urged Rotarians to help passage of the levies by understanding the need, and urging others to support the measures.  Notably, Desmond indicated his role on the board, given his military and civilian experience in project development, is forward thinking, looking ahead such that capital projects meet projected needs.  
     The District notes it "receives funding from state and federal sources, but like all school districts in Washington state, relies on local, voter-approved levies to ensure our students, schools and staff have the resources needed.  The levies help bridge the gap between what the state funds and what we need."  The election is Feb 8, 2022.