Voznesenka lease agreement stalled

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Voznesenka Community Council Inc. have not yet reached a lease agreement for the upcoming school year for the buildings that house the village school’s students. Changes in the assessed fair market value and summer fish runs have postponed mutual approval of a new contract.

“Most of the village is out fishing and won’t be back until the end of July,” said Homer-based attorney Lindsay Wolter, who is representing the community council. Wolter said she did not want to speak on behalf of the community council, whose members are away for work.

The previous one-year lease expired on July 1, and acted as a placeholder until the school district and the community council could reach a long-term agreement — hopefully by the start of the school year on Aug. 19, said school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff.

 The last lease agreement that went from 2009-2014 cost $5,750 per month for the 6,068 square feet of building space, according to a Board of Education report submitted by Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones. That broke down to 95 cents per square foot monthly for those five years. During the 2014-2015 school year the cost of leasing increased to $1.25 per square foot “plus an additional $1,000 per month for water,” according to the report.

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