South Kitsap’s sailing program the latest waste I see

South Kitsap School District owns a 44-foot sailing sloop named the Lively. Only a handful of students have the privilege to train to be sailors on the Lively. No one else our community is permitted to set foot on her. She was purchased from UW in 2015 for $8,000. SKSD continues paying moorage fees, insurance, repairs, and maintenance for this hole in the water. 

The district has diverted tens of thousands of our tax dollars to the Lively, yet only 8 or 9 NJROTC Cadets are given the opportunity to learn how to sail her. That represents less than one-third of one percent of the entire student body who is privileged to sail on the Lively. Is this inclusive, equitable and fair for the other students? The retired captain conducting training also is paid.

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