Ken Shawcroft and Jane Ritley founded the North Kitsap Schools Foundation in 2003 to promote and help fund the best possible learning opportunity for all students of the North Kitsap School District. During their term as board members, they awarded more than 76 classroom grants totaling more than $25,000 to teachers to implement innovative and creative learning projects. They extended their volunteer efforts to help facilitate grants from area foundations and set up a variety of endowment funds
Chief Wernet is a dedicated and inspiring community leader and partner in the District’s “Declaration of Interdependence”. Mike demonstrates his belief in the document’s opening statement: All children are capable of success, without exception, through action. We believe a successful child is Safe, Challenged, Healthy, Connected, Supported, and Hopeful and Mike is instrumental in bringing these tenants to the children in South Kitsap.
Kathy Crowly is the Sodexo Food Services director for the Port Angeles School District. She manages the annual Sodoxo-sponsored PASD Annual Future Chef’s Culinary Competition “Cook-Off”. This year it was held on March 9, 2012, for students in fourth and fifth grades at the Port. In Kathy’s own words, “The whole concept of this event is to help educate our students about healthy eating habits. Too often we hear about obesity in children, and that they do not make the right choices in terms of their eating habits.” Healthy eating helps children function better academically in school, and Kathy is a bit proponent of encouraging and creating health-conscious foods, that are simple with kid-friendly preparation.
In the emotional culmination of the evening, Dr. Kurt Wagner was awarded posthumously the WASA Region 114 Award of Merit. Dr. Wagner lost his short battle with cancer just a few days before the Awards Dinner. The award was accepted by his wife, Laurie Wagner, and daughters Jessica and Tasha.
Dr. Wagner worked a number of years as an administrator in Central Kitsap School District, and with South Kitsap School District, when he was Deputy Superintendent until his death. He was the 2011-2012 WASA Standing Committee Chair for Professional Development, board member of WERA, mentor and president for the WSU Superintendent Certification program, and facilitator for extended all-day kindergarten. Dr. Wagner was a leader in the development of early learning partnership and the “Help Strikeout Hunger” program. These are just a few examples of his unselfish service to the administrators, teachers, students, and parents in the WASA Region 114 service area.