Central Kitsap schools, students gear up for a new year

First day of school for grades 1-12 in CKSD and BSD will be Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The end of August signifies many things, but nothing stands quite so present in the minds of local youth than the start of a new school year.

The first day of school for Central Kitsap School District and Bremerton School District will be Wednesday, Sept. 4 for grades 1-12. The first full day of kindergarten for both districts will be Monday, Sept. 9.

Some of the more notable news this summer in CKSD was the appointment of new Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince, who started her first day on the job July 1. Prince will be replacing David McVicker, who spent nearly his whole career in CKSD.

“About 60 seconds after my first introduction to Dr. Erin Prince, I knew with certainty that she was the right choice at the right time,” McVicker said in a CKSD Facebook post June 27. “Dr. Prince is motivated, passionate and excited about what the future holds. I look forward to watching with great pride all the wonderful things ahead for CK schools.”

“I am honored to join CK Schools as your new superintendent,” Prince said in a July 1 statement. “Central Kitsap Schools appealed to me because I was looking for a district that aligned with my values. Your focus on student-centered success, equity, and a supportive, collaborative environment for employees is incredible, and it has been reinforced at every turn.”

Other big news at CKSD is the long-anticipated opening of the new Central Kitsap High School. CKHS students and families already had a first look at the new complex last week.

For CKSD bus stop times and other information, visit ckschools.org/school_info/bus_stops_and_times.

For a list of suggested school supplies, visit ckschools.org/school_info/school_supplies.

Over at BSD, a district-wide Back-to-School Fair on Aug. 13 saw students outfitted with school supplies and Peninsula Community Health Services offered sports physicals and immunizations during the event as well. BSD Superintendent Aaron Leavell will be entering his seventh year in that role.

For BSD bus stop times and other information visit bremertonschools.org.