Breidablik to be used for student mental, behavioral health program

North Kitsap School District recently announced its collaboration with the Olympic Educational Service District to provide an inclusive program for students with intensive behavioral and mental health needs.

OESD will administer the program, which will serve grades 3 through 12, at the former Breidablik Elementary School through a facility use agreement with NKSD, a news release states. Beginning this fall, the program will support students from Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties, a collaborative effort to meet the diverse needs of the region’s youth.

The program will focus on fostering skills such as emotional management and regulation, which are crucial for navigating various life situations beyond K-12 education, per the release.

“We are proud to partner with OESD to better serve students in our region,” Rachel Davenport said, NKSD interim superintendent. “By providing a supportive environment where students can develop essential life skills, we aim to empower them to thrive academically and socially.”

Revenue generated from the agreement will be reinvested into capital improvements within NKSD, including enhancements to Breidablik such as a new roof. The school board went over the roof replacement at its April 25 meeting. Cost would be around $700,000.

Scope of work includes: complete tear-off of the existing roof; inspection of the existing sheathing to ensure it is properly fastened; replacement of any rotted plywood and substructure; installation of a full ice and water shield over the entire roof; new metal flashing; installation of a 30-year architectural commercial shingle; on-site project management throughout the project; and provide a 30-year shingle warranty and a three-year workmanship warranty, school board documents state.

The roof replacement project will be slated for approval at the school board’s May 23 meeting. If approved, work will be completed this summer.

The school board voted to close Breidablik Elementary in 2013 in an effort to close a budget deficit. Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre currently uses the building for rehearsals.