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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education looked out at a sea of red in its meeting in Homer on Monday night. Over a hundred teachers and support staff, who are seeing red over unresolved contract negotiations, wore red to the meeting and spoke out about their concerns.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers and support staff are returning for the new school year without a new contract. Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association began renegotiating their contracts with the district back in February.

Both groups’ contracts expired in June and healthcare is  the largest sticking point in the negotiations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s plan to add more mental health services and additional safety precautions will not move forward. On Friday, Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $650,000 that would have gone to boosting mental health services for elementary students and safety evaluations at schools throughout the district.

“As evidenced by the recent incidents across our country and schools, it is pretty clear that the safety needs for the students in our schools today have increased tremendously and need to be addressed," said assistant superintendent Dave Jones.

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For many Homer parents, finding after-school childcare is a struggle, and earlier school start times have only made the problem worse. The principals of Fireweed Academy, West Homer Elementary and Paul Banks Elementary are trying fill that need but the schools will need to strum up support for funding before a program can get off the ground.

Eric Waltenbaugh is the Principal of West Homer Elementary, and he said parents have spoken loud and clear in multiple surveys that they want consistent after-school childcare.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District honored Port Graham teacher Devin Michel Way with a Golden Apple Award earlier this month. The annual award shines a spotlight on educators, volunteers or community members that go the extra mile to support education.

Way teaches kindergarten through fourth grade which would be a daunting task to many. But the district says she is a master of personalizing instruction to every student’s needs. The district notes she may be soothing a crying kindergartner while chatting with fourth graders about a novel’s theme.

School district considers change to bus schedules

May 23, 2016
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

With decreased funding on the horizon, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is considering making changes to bus routes on the southern peninsula to save money.

  While the crux of the debate is school buses, the issue as a whole is all about funding.

Homer Teams Up Against Homelessness

May 18, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Last July, residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula formed a group to help homeless people in the Homer area. They call themselves the Homeless in Action Committee. The committee has been meeting once a month to organize events and find ways to help the homeless in the community.

Coffee Table: School District Update

Mar 10, 2016
Photo by Dorle Harness/KBBI

Schools could be in for painful cuts in the upcoming fiscal year. It all depends on the votes that come out of the state legislature. This week on the Coffee Table we checked in with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to keep you informed on how cuts from Juneau will translate into the classroom. Our guests were the principals of Homer Middle School, Chapman School in Anchor Point, Razdolna and Kachemak Selo as well as Superintendent Sean Dusek.


Kenai Schools Meet With Residents

Oct 22, 2015
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District expects $3 million or more in cuts to its budget next year and administrators are turning to the public for ideas on how to cope.

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On this week's Coffeetable program Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek joined Host Quinton Chandler to talk about the new school year, goals, expectations, and challenges facing the District.