Suquamish Tribe donates $100,000 to North Kitsap School District

SUQUAMISH– The Suquamish Tribe announced Friday it is donating $100,000 to the North Kitsap School District.

The grant comes as the North Kitsap School Board looks for ways to erase a $1.7 million budget shortfall for 2012-13. The district is considering eliminating 15 positions, 12 of them through attrition. A school could be closed before the 2013-14 school year.

The grant, drawn directly from tribal funds, will help expand the district’s new math curriculum, support the district’s growing technology needs, and allow it to lower power and maintenance costs in meeting its technology demands. 

"The Suquamish Tribe understands the value of education at every stage of learning, and that’s why we work hard to ensure that all members of the community – Tribal and non-Tribal alike – have access to the best school environments we can help provide,” Suquamish Chairman Leonard Forsman said in an announcement of the grant.

“This grant should help the district, especially in these tough budget times, to achieve some of its technology and efficiency goals, while increasing access to improved learning opportunities focused on math.”

The grant presentation will take place on April 23, 1:30 p.m., in the Suquamish Tribal Council Chambers at 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish.

Dr. Rick Jones, superintendent of the North Kitsap School District, said in the announcement, “The Suquamish Tribe has worked closely with the district to improve education and provide important learning tools for our students. The Tribe’s contribution means that we can spend more on teaching and less on technology, while also improving the math education that each of our students receives.”

North Kitsap School District covers a geographic area of 110 square miles, including the communities of Poulsbo, Kingston, Hansville, Indianola and Suquamish. The district educates about 6,500 students in 14 schools.

The Suquamish Tribe’s vision is to be a strong, self-governing, sovereign Nation that provides for the health, education and welfare of its families. This vision reflects traditional Suquamish values. 

Bolstering the local economy through job creation

The Suquamish Tribe is one of the largest employers in Kitsap County, with more than 1,100 people employed in its government operations and business ventures. The Tribe's economic development arm, Port Madison Enterprises, manages Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, White Horse Golf Club, Kiana Lodge, PME Retail, and property management. PME Construction Corporation is a subsidiary.

Revenue from its investments help support various public services, such as community development, education, health care, law enforcement, and natural resource management.

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