State budget boosts Bremerton High counseling services

State budget boosts Bremerton High counseling services

Funding for counselors at Bremerton High School is included in the supplemental state budget, which passed Tuesday.

Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island and chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, in January asked College Success Foundation to come up with a proposal to partner with Bremerton School District. The foundation, based in Issaquah, provides counselors and support to help raise scholarships in districts with high numbers of disadvantaged students.

The $580,000 in funding will pay for two counselor positions within the high school — one to serve 70 ninth- and 10th-grade students, the other for 50 juniors and 50 seniors. The counselors will be employees of the foundation “embedded” in the high school, said Michael Cheever, chief advancement officer for the foundation.

Bremerton will be a regional hub for the foundation’s work. Two more counselors will be placed at Port Angeles High School, paid for from the same $580,000. The money also covers the foundation’s administrative costs and incidental expenses, like college tours and materials.

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