School district searches for ways to save

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration is suggesting staffing cuts, shifting to online curriculum and reducing the utility budget as a way to minimize expenses in 2016.

The proposed savings are just more than $1.6 million, said Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones. He presented the list of possibilities to the Board of Education during a work session March 2.

Reconfiguring staffing in school district pools, custodial and secretary positions, and certified teachers are possibilities, Jones said. Reducing and consolidating positions in these areas could save $1 million, he said.

Jones said the school district’s curriculum department is looking into what options there may be for moving educational materials online. That would likely involve switching out classroom books for similar information on accredited websites, he said.

On March 17, the school board will have a joint work session with the borough assembly, Jones said. The school board will meet beforehand in a separate work session to discuss any new information, he said.