At the Bainbridge Island School Board Meeting on Thursday, February 8th Amii Thompson, Acting Superintendent, recommended to stop the process of school consolidation / closure. The School Board Members voted in agreement, stopping the process of determining school consolidation / closure.
BISD Budget Discussion
On December 14, 2023, the BISD Superintendent presented a proposal to the School Board which presented two scenarios to close/consolidate schools in order to resolve (some of) the budget issue. Each of the scenarios in the proposal involve closing Ordway and/or Commodore School(s).
The full, 95-page, proposal is linked HERE.
To share your feedback on the Budget & School Closure Scenarios, fill out the form HERE. The feedback is being used as a survey by the district to determine what parents want in terms as school closures/consolidations and tweaks to the current Scenarios.
Meeting Documents & Videos
As documentation and video recordings of meetings come available, we will post links to them here.
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11/28/23 Community Meeting: Video
11/30/23 School Board Meeting: Video
12/6/23 District Budget Advisory Meeting: Materials
1/17/24 School Consolidation Advisory Committee (SCAC) Meeting – nothing posted
1/31/24 School Consolidation Advisory Committee (SCAC) Meeting – nothing posted
2/7/24 School Consolidation Advisory Committee (SCAC) Meeting – cancelled
2/28/24 School Consolidation Advisory Committee (SCAC) Meeting – cancelled
2/29/24 School Board Meeting –
3/7/24 School Consolidation Advisory Committee (SCAC) Meeting – cancelled
3/14/24 School Board Meeting –
3/28/24 School Board Meeting –
Learn More | Get involved
Do you want to learn more, let your voice be heard, or get involved?
Click HERE to view a schedule of meetings, including District & Board meetings, Committee meetings, and PTO meetings. Zoom links will be added as they become available.
Read past Ordway PTO Newsletters. Clink on the + icon to expand the list to then view the newsletters available. Click on the newsletter date to view the newlsetter.
PTO Newsletter 11/17/23 – introducing the BISD Budget issue and possible school closure/consolidation; ways to get involved
PTO Newsletter 12/1/23 – info about scenarios and a meeting to discuss scenarios and get parent feedback
PTO Newsletter 12/4/23 – reminder about parent night meeting
PTO Newsletter 12/9/23 – info about open conversation / meeting to discuss scenarios, data, etc.
PTO Newsletter 12/11/23 – includes survey on parent priorities regarding district scenarios; info for 2 meeting this week
PTO Newsletter 12/13/23 – includes updated location for the 12/14 school board meeting
PTO Newsletter 12/17/23 – end of calendar year letter
PTO Newsletter 1/2/24 – welcome back from break
Groups advocating for our schools, children, and community.
Check out the information and links below to learn about other organizations on Bainbridge Island who advocate and support our public schools.
Save Our Schools (SOS) Bainbridge is a grassroots organization engaging in conversation with the community and district about the budget and possible school closures/consolidations.
Bainbridge Island Public School Supporters (BIPSS) is a grassroots, citizen-based, campaign organization that works to help pass Bainbridge Public School bonds and levies.
Let us know who you are.
We welcome any and all parents/guardians, either as groups or individuals, to speak up to share your concerns, feedback, and comments. Are there any parent/guardian groups that have formed/united around a certain message to present to the School Board?
We would love to enable you to share. Please let us (PTO Co-Presidents: email here) know so that we can ensure there is enough time for all voices to speak/present at PTO facilitated meetings and/or to share your website with other advocacy groups listed above.
Whether our opinions align, or differ, we want to figure out a way to collaborate and communicate in a way to bring us back to BISD Strong.
How to Connect with the Bainbridge Island School District and School Board
The B.I. School District
The Interim Superintendent is Amii Thompson. You can email her at email@example.com.
The BISD Superintendent website can be found HERE. At that site, you can find:
- Additional contact information for the Superintendent’s Office
- Links to the 2024-2025 Budget Challenges
- Further info and guides to understanding the school budget
To share your feedback on the Budget & School Closure Scenarios, fill out the form HERE.
The B.I. School Board
Attend School Board meetings to hear what’s going on, and to voice your comments.
- If you plan to attend any School Board meeting in person and wish to make a comment, there will be a sign up at the door, on a first come, first serve basis. If you plan to attend via Zoom and would like to comment, please contact Lani Chaffee, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at LChaffee@bisd303.org, or 206-780-1052.
- If you plan to attend in person (without commenting), then RSVP to Lani Chaffee, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. She needs a head count to reserve a properly sized room for the School Board meeting(s). If attending via Zoom, contact Lani Chaffee to get the Zoom link. Lani’s contact info is: LChaffee@bisd303.org, or 206-780-1052.
- The School board meeting schedule can be found online HERE.
- You can find the agendas to the board meeting will be posted about 3 days before the meeting at the link HERE .
Other ways to connect with a School Board Member: