School board, superintendent committees to be evaluated

POULSBO — Committees appointed by the North Kitsap School Board and superintendent will have a few months off in the fall while they are evaluated.

The board and Superintendent Patty Page will consider each committee individually during a retreat that will be held early October at the latest, Page said.

Evaluating committees is not about eliminating community input or not being transparent, Page said. It will give Page and the board an opportunity to help focus committee work.

Right now, nothing is decided. Page did say some committees may merge, some may dissolved.

Randy Borek, who co-chairs the Community Pool Advisory Committee and Capital Facilities Advisory Committee, was contacted about the evaluation following the board retreat Aug. 11. The charges of the committees do need to be evaluated, Borek said.

Borek wants to see the committees brought back after the evaluation. If they are not, he said it would destroy trust with the community. In the past, prior to the appointed committees, the community was not as supportive of the school board, he said.

Page envisions having one budget committee, as opposed to two.

An example of a committee which may need to be refocused or dissolved is the Athletics and Activities Committee, which was originally charged with looking into the issue of athletic fees in 2005. Athletic fees are in place, but the committee continues to work.

Though Page doesn't discount the work committees such as Athletics continue to do, if a charge has been completed, there is reason to do evaluation.

"If it is something we need, keep it," Page said. If a committee is not doing work the board needs, Page added, then she and the board will figure out a way to keep those interested involved.

"It's just time to reassess," she said.

While some committees may dissolve, others may be created.

With the board's consideration of bringing more advertising into the district, Page said it may be fitting to have a group of people looking at that potential revenue source.

A continuing decline in enrollment, too, may be another issue to have "outside eyes" look at the cause. That committee, Page said, could look at reasons students are leaving the district and/or what the district can do to bring students to the district.

The school board will make the announcement publicly Thursday, 6 p.m., at the scheduled school board meeting.


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