Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

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.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

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.

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