Kingston High School may need more funds

POULSBO — Kingston High School may need more money. That was the buzz trickling throughout the North Kitsap School Board meeting April 26.

When voters approved a $60.1 million capital bond for the district in 2001, $1.2 million was estimated for furniture and equipment at the new Kingston High School. When construction began on the campus in 2005, that portion of budget was updated and increased to a total of $2 million.

Now, it appears it may not be enough.

“It appears the need for furniture and equipment will exceed that amount ($2 million),” NKSD capital programs director Robin Shoemaker told the board. “We are projecting that the costs may exceed the project budget line item for furniture and equipment by between $500,000 and $1 million.”

Shoemaker said the current project budget is being reviewed to determine whether or not balances remaining in other line items might be transferrable into line item categories such as furniture and equipment.

“Coming out of this exercise, we will know how much of the projected furniture and equipment need can be absorbed by the project budget and how much added funding might be needed from the overall capital program budget,” she said.

Shoemaker hopes to have an answer for the board later this month.

“We are projecting that we will present this information at the May 24 school board meeting,” Shoemaker said. “And, if necessary, seek additional funding for the project from the overall capital program budget where funding is available at that time.”

• In other business, with the opening of KHS this fall, changes in enrollments are dictating changes in administration departments at various local north end schools. The board approved adjustments in school administrative services and high school instructional program offerings. The changes are most profound at the elementary school level.

Poulsbo Elementary’s population is projected to decrease by 150 students, Gordon Elementary is expected to dip from 578 students to 450. Both of these schools will be without the services of assistant principals when the 2007-08 school year begins. In addition, Spectrum School will have an assistant principal who will also be working at Kingston High School as well, instead of having a principal of their own as they have in the prior years.

• The school board passed a resolution authorizing the district to obtain competitive bids for the roof replacement at David Wolfle Elementary School.

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