BSF is monitoring an alarming, nation-wide teacher shortage that is already impacting our community. Each year, our principals receive fewer high-quality applicants, especially in the areas of science, technology, and special education. BSF is working in partnership with the Bainbridge Island School District to fund a multi-year strategy to ensure we can attract and support the best teachers. Last year, BISD began implementation of a formal mentoring and teacher-induction program to ensure we continue to attract and nurture the kind of teachers that provide our kids with an extraordinary education. This program will be modeled after the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s BEST (Beginning Educator Support Team) program.