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Schools invite your opinion

"If you're one of those people who feel strongly your school district should spend money and make decisions, now's your chance to have a say-so. The North Kitsap School District is hosting a series of community forums at each school over the next few weeks (the forums for Vinland and Breidablik will both be held at Vinland). The forums are designed to get your reaction to a series of facilities recommendations developed by a task force of citizen volunteers. We'll also be running a series of articles in the Herald that highlight what some of the issues are with the school district's facilities. The school district's task force recommendations include, among other things, further community sharing of facilities, a switch to K-5 elementary schools and middle schools, a list of needed building renovations and a new secondary school to be built in Kingston. Members of the task force will present their ideas at the forums. So will administrators and educators from the district. So will school board members. They will be there to share their ideas. They will also be there to listen to yours. It's likely that a bond request will grow out of these recommendations. Your input can help influence which projects could be funded by a bond. The people who care enough to show up at these community meetings and contribute their ideas, will help shape the future of our school buildings and how we use them. Maybe you think the district needs a new elementary school. Or, you may believe that a new secondary school should be a priority. Maybe your child comes home every day complaining about a drip in the ceiling. These forums are a great place to make your opinion heard. In his first year as district superintendent, Gene Medina has proved to be an eager listener. When the school district submitted their own facility plans to the citizen task force, the task force rejected it, then told Dr. Medina why. And he listened. Now Medina, and others in the district and the school board, are ready to listen again. It's up to the community to have something to say. "

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