Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

School board kills efforts to phase out insurance benefits for board members

Members of the board receive a monthly stipend in addition to being eligible for district insurance.

 

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Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska.

‘Birthed by circumstance’: SoHi takes on COVID-19 in spring play

Soldotna High School students will share their COVID-19 experiences beginning on April 8 during a three-day in-person performance of “Pandemic: A Retrospective.” Director Sara Erfurth,… Continue reading

 

Incoming Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Clayton Holland speaks during a virtual budget forum Monday, March 22, 2021. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Federal funds will help float school district through FY23

District leadership will ask for $48 million from the borough level

Incoming Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Clayton Holland speaks during a virtual budget forum Monday, March 22, 2021. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemack Bay.
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One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemack Bay.
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Debbie Cary (left) moderates a virtual interview with Clayton Holland (right) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska.

Holland to be next superintendent

The board unanimously supported Holland, who will take over from O’Brien later this year

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Debbie Cary (left) moderates a virtual interview with Clayton Holland (right) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska.
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Schools head to ‘medium’ risk

Eastern and southern peninsula schools may return to in-person learning five days a week for all grades on Jan. 25

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

As in-person learning resumes, parents ask for more changes

Many called for allowing students in all grades to resume in-person learning five days a week or for eliminating mask requirements for student athletes while active.

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Students play during recess on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. Elementary students were able to return to onsite schooling five days a week starting Monday. (Photo courtesy Joni Wise/West Homer Elementary School)

Students head back to school as onsite learning resumes

Elementary students attend 5 days a week, middle and high schoolers have altered schedule

Students play during recess on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at West Homer Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. Elementary students were able to return to onsite schooling five days a week starting Monday. (Photo courtesy Joni Wise/West Homer Elementary School)
Protestors are seen at the intersection of Kenai Spur Hwy. and Sterling Hwy. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Parents protest remote learning

People held signs and glow sticks in Soldotna to protest remote learning

Protestors are seen at the intersection of Kenai Spur Hwy. and Sterling Hwy. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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On-site learning could resume in January

K-6 students will be allowed to return to school on Jan. 19 even if their region is at high risk.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien (courtesy photo)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion                                 Chris Dement teachers a seventh-grade class Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at Skyview Middle School just outside of Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion                                 Chris Dement teachers a seventh-grade class Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at Skyview Middle School just outside of Soldotna, Alaska.
Central peninsula sport programs start back up

Central peninsula sport programs start back up

Sports jumped back into action Monday at the central peninsula’s schools, while an announcement about those same schools returning to on-site learning would be coming… Continue reading

Central peninsula sport programs start back up
Linda Rourke navigates the various web pages needed for her Alaska History class, where she is a longterm sub, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Students head back to school

Principals talk first few days in Homer, Anchor Point schools

Linda Rourke navigates the various web pages needed for her Alaska History class, where she is a longterm sub, on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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KPBSD to require face coverings; Board OKs raise for school nurses

The increase in pay is set to expire at the end of 2020-2021 school year.

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Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Back to school? COVID cases to decide

“We are on a tightwire between a rock and a hard place.”

Soldotna assistant football coach Eric Pomerleau checks the temperature of sophomore Joseph Whittom before summer workouts Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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