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South Kitsap students rally to save their teachers

PORT ORCHARD — Some South Kitsap high school students are doing all they can to try and save more than 60 teaching positions in their district.

studentsThe students are  planning to rally and march to the district’s school board meeting Wednesday afternoon, Gabrielle Wager, the Associated Student Body President at Kitsap High School said.

The Kitsap Sun reported that that Kitsap School Board has announced that 68 jobs must go, including 61 teaching positions. Kitsap School District Superintendent Bev Cheney recommended the cuts to close a $3 million funding gap, the paper reported.  That figure could go down if the legislature approves a budget to increase K-12 education funding by more than $1 billion in the current special session.

Wagner said that students will rally outside of the Fred Meyer on SE Sedgwick Road around 4 p.m. and then march to the school board meeting at Hidden Creek Elementary School in Port Orchard.

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3 comments

  • Morgan Mghee

    Thank you, Hana Kim, for being the first to report this local news. At risk is the SKHS Agricultural Science program, a big concern for the future of Washington State:
    A 2011 WSU report finds:
    Agricultural Production
    • $9.5+ billion in production value
    • 82,000 jobs
    • $1.5 billion in wages
    • $2.2 billion in proprietor income
    • $219 million in tax revenues
    • $16 billion in total economic impact
    Food Processing & Manufacturing
    • $1.5 billion in value added
    • 18,000 jobs
    • $1.4 billion in wages
    • $17 billion in total economic impact
    Agriculture & Forestry Support Industries
    • 31,000 jobs
    • $792 million in wages
    • $121 million in proprietor income
    • $1.8 billion in total economic impact
    * *http://www.impact.wsu.edu/report/WashingtonAgEconomicImpact.pdf

  • Morgan Mghee

    Part 2
    And thank YOU John White, for the followup. Additionally we should consider:

    The Dean's message (in part) from the University of Delaware's college of ag & natural resources:
    "A college education is much more than job training, but most of you (and your parents!)
    expect to enter exciting careers upon graduation. Recent statistics show that 94% or more
    of our graduates are gainfully employed after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in an agriculture
    or natural resources major. Nationwide, agriculture and related industries produce about
    54,000 new jobs annually. However, there are only about 29,000 graduates from colleges like
    ours to fill these positions. That’s almost a 2:1 ratio of jobs to graduates. And the jobs pay
    well – in 2011, starting salaries for our graduates ranged from the mid-thirties to the mid-forties (thousands $/year), at or above the median starting salary for college graduates.

  • Morgan Mghee

    Part 3 (sorry, comment length is very limited)

    Furthermore, median overall salaries are higher than those for more popular college majors
    such as biology, psychology, education, and the liberal arts and humanities. More than a quarter of graduates from colleges of agriculture and related sciences go on to earn a graduate or professional degree, where annual earnings can double."
    * *http://ag.udel.edu/aboutus.html

    An Iowa high school begins it's ag science course description this way:
    "Agriculture and related industry is the number one employer nationwide"

    This is not a statement that should be ignored, especially when deciding which instructors and courses to cut in a budget crisis.
    * *https://sites.google.com/a/pella.k12.ia.us/pella-high-school-course-guide/agricultural-science-technology