The South Kitsap Public Education Foundation is a Washington non-profit corporation supporting public education in South Kitsap since 2004. It is recognized as a 501(c)(3) educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Its address is PO Box 1953, Port Orchard WA 98366-0807. Its directors are Tracy DiGiovanni, John Watson, Jay Seaton, and Linda Smith. Tracy DiGiovanni and and Linda Smith were original directors when it was first incorporated in 2004.
SKPEF does not engage in political activity involving candidates or ballot measures. It is listed here only to distinguish it from the other players.
More Information on the South Kitsap District website.
Aspen Group International, LLC (AGI) is a consulting firm that specializes in training boards, and specifically school boards in Coherent Goverance(R). Its principals are Linda J. Dawson and Dr. Randy Quinn, authors of Good Governance is a Choice and The Art of Governing Coherently.
The SK School Board has contracted with AGI to provide training workshops for the Board. Under the Washington State Open Meetings Act, these training sessions are public meetings.
Coherent Governance(R) is is a governance model similar to Policy Governance(R), originated by John Carver. Rather than having the board of directors manage the day-to-day affairs of the district, the board establishes Policies, Results (goals), and Operational Expectations, then monitors the superintendent's management of the day-to-day affairs of the district.
Jim Johnson is associated with the Citizens Supporting South Kitsap Schools (CSSKS) and was at one time listed on its website as its contact person. He has also been associated with South Kitsap Citizens for Quality Education*. His only known address is a private mail box at the UPS store next to the Safeway store on Bethel Rd SE.
A Jim Johnson, supposedly on behalf of South Kitsap Citizens for Quality Education*, made a public records request of the District in 2019.
According to a Kitsap Sun article published April 2, 2019, regarding t-shirts in a SK class,:
The email alerting the district to the photo came from Jim Johnson of Citizens Supporting South Kitsap Schools, a group Johnson describes as supportive of schools but 'concerned about the decision-making of the district and the board'."
A letter to the Kitsap Sun from a Jim Johnson was published August 20, 2019, critical of the Board and the District.
Based on evidence from two sources considered reliable, it appears that Jim Johnson is a fictitious alias, used to hide the identify of an individual or individuals interacting anonymously with the SK School District and the press.
David Kimble of CSSKS nevertheless insists that Jim Johnson is a real person who even has a Facebook presence as proof. (Any fictitious person can have a Facebook presence.) However, no one else has ever seen this Jim Johnson. No one has seen him show up at a School Board meeting, nor has anyone provided any proof of his actual existence. After meeting Mr. Johnson and examining his photo identification, this website's author will offer a sincere public apology for doubting him.
The 1988 movie Without A Clue, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, is a twist on the original Sherlock Holmes stories. In this take, Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley) is the real master criminologist and attributes his success to a fictitious detective named Sherlock Holmes. Eventually Dr. Watson is forced to hire a second-rate actor (Michael Caine) to impersonate Holmes for public appearances.
*South Kitsap Citizens for a Quality Education was originally incorporated in 1985 and dissolved in 2006. It granted scholarships to South Kitsap students in 2004. Its last known agent was Wanda Ludwig. Any reference to that organization's name in recent years, including the use of an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org by a Jim Johnson is probably coincidental and not actually referencing the original organization.
Jim Bryant was the author of the statement in the voters' pamphlet against the February 2021 SK School levy. He wrote the statement as the "chairperson for Committee Against SKSD 2021 Levy", There is no evidence that any such real organization existed, or it only existed as a committee of one for the purpose of submitting the statement to the voters' pamphlet.
Since the "Committee Against SKSD 2021 Levy" did not have a website, David Kimble of CSSKS offered the use of the CSSKS website to Mr. Bryant and it is shown as such in the voters' pamphlet. For a period of time the two organizations and website were one and the same for all practical purposes. This relationship is described by Mr. Kimble in Public Disclosure Commission documents.
Mr. Bryant also had letters to the Kitsap Sun published on March 11, 2021 and January 29, 2021, both opposing SKSD funding. The March letter also directed readers to the CSSKS website.
Mr. Kimble reported that Mr. Bryant passed away in December, 2021.
Jaime Cross, of Cross Masonry, has sent multiple letters to the Board and has been a frequent commenter at recent School Board meetings, having spoken on Nov 3, 2021, Nov 17, 2021, Dec 1, 2021, Jan 5, 2022, Feb 16, 2022, and May 4, 2022.
In December 2021, he applied for appointment to the District's Facility Long-Range Planning Committee, but the Board declined to appoint those who had applied after the posted deadline for applications.
The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) is a state agency that supports 1,477 locally elected school board directors from across Washington State. It provides research, training, conferences, policy guidance, and legislative advocacy. Its officers are selected by the local school directors.
Many of the SK District policies are derivatives of WSSDA recommended or model policies.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) under the direction of the elected Superintendent of Public Instruction, currently Chris Reykdal, is charged by law with providing direction, oversight and regulations for public schools in the State of Washington.
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