Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Winter Marshall-Allen

The National Education Association awarded their 2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year award to Winter Marshall-Allen. Marshall-Allen is an intensive needs teacher at Homer High School. She was presented the award during NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice. Marshall-Allen is back from Houston where she attended the conference and then served as one of five representatives from the Kenai Peninsula for the NEA Representative Assembly.

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Several Kenai Peninsula residents asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday to override Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s recent decision to veto $2.4 million of supplemental education funding. But the assembly refrained from doing so, at least for now.  

 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $2.4 million worth of supplemental education funding on Monday. The additional dollars would have brought the borough’s contribution to the district for the 2019 fiscal year up to the maximum allowed under state law.

Supporters say the move would provide certainty for the district as it hires teachers and the state budget for next fiscal year continues to take shape in Juneau.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is still contemplating whether to veto $2.4 million in supplemental funding for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the funding earlier this month in an effort to reduce the number of pink slips handed out to teachers by the school district as it waits for the state Legislature and the borough to approve education funding for the following year.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Students, parents and faculty on the Kenai Peninsula are coming to grips with the reality that state cuts to education may force school closures. Chapman School in Anchor Point is among a half-dozen schools in the area that could be shuttered. As education funding is hashed out locally and in Juneau, parents and teachers are deciding whether to wait out the process or move out of town.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is adding Homer Middle School to a list of six schools that would potentially close under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to K-12 education.

The district is considering moving those students into the Homer High School and is reaching out to parents about the idea via a survey and a meeting next week.

Assistant Superintendent John O’Brien said the $22.4 million the district would lose under Dunleavy’s spending plan is jumpstarting these conversations across the district.

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development is assessing schools in a new way. The department rolled out it’s new accountability system in late October, which they call the System for School Success. 

Schools flagged by the program as low performing can now obtain more funding but some say the system is not an accurate measure of their success

The System for School Success has two parts. The first part gives the school an overall value, based on data such as test scores, student growth and chronic absenteeism.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Students in Kenai Peninsula schools could soon be forming e-sport teams. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District activities board considered officially sanctioning e-sports back in November, but decided to approve club-level teams.

District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said the decision to approve club-level video game or e-sport teams came after the Electronic Gaming Federation approached the district about joining a statewide league.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula School District is only four months into the current fiscal year, but school board members and district and school staff are already turning their attention towards the fiscal year 2020 budget. On Tuesday, site councils from 22 schools in the district gathered to give their preliminary input on the process.

School principals, their staff and parents from the greater Homer-Anchor Point area gathered Wednesday evening in the Homer Middle School Library to hear a budget presentation via Skype.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeing more students flagged for risk of suicide. Clayton Holland is the director of pupil services for the district, and he said more students are coming forward who are considering suicide. Students’ peers, school staff and community members are also identifying more students who they think may be at risk.

Once a student comes forward, a school psychologist, counselor, nurse or occasionally a school administrator will administer a suicide threat assessment to see how high the student’s risk is.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

Students in Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village near the head of Kachemak Bay, have been dealing with deteriorating school conditions for several years, but the community is another step closer to a new school.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday that would ask voters this fall to approve spending up to $3.5 million on a new facility.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper told fellow assembly members that this has been a long time coming.

Ninilchik student in custody after making gun threat

Feb 22, 2018
Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Updated 3:44 2/23/18

A student from the Ninilchik School was taken into custody after making threats about bringing a gun to school.

Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Tim DeSpain said Troopers received a call from a concerned parent Tuesday about the student.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a $3 million deficit this year. The district intends to reduce that figure by using roughly one million from its savings. Budget deficits have been a constant theme for the district since the state hit hard financial times over the past few years, and up until now, the district has avoided budget cuts to the classroom. But those cuts may be hard to avoid this year.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Two education-funding bills are working their way through Alaska’s Legislature. Both aim to wrap up education funding early during budgeting process so that school districts can make informed hiring decisions in the spring. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) was in limbo last year when the budget didn’t pass until summer. Now, the district is anxious for a timelier confirmation of its funding.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek took questions from peninsula residents Tuesday night via Facebook Live. Questions ranged from lice policy to the district’s $140 million budget.

Dusek said the district has sustained about $7 million in budget cuts over the past few years. He stressed that the district has been able to handle those cuts without making major reductions in the classroom or teaching staff.

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