Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board finalizes its priorities

The board unanimously passed their 2020 state and federal legislative priorities.

 

Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association Anne McCabe speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education in support of approving employee contracts negotiated last month, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board OKs agreement

The agreement for a three-year contract will be effective between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021.

 

Educators rally in front of Kenai Central High School after school ahead of a strike called on by two employee associations, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators approve contract

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of the contract.

 

School board hears teacher concerns on contract, health care

Teachers, school staff and concerned community members flooded the Homer High School Mariner Theater with red on Monday as they attended a meeting of the… Continue reading

Students, teachers head back to school

Fireweeed Academy teacher Diane Ditton and her fifth- and sixth-grade students pose for a photo at the end of the first day of school on… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two employee associations — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Support Association — negotiate for a new contract on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Soldotna High School Library, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

No deal reached in district contract negotiations

Negotiations between school district and associations have snagged on rising cost of health care.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two employee associations — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Support Association — negotiate for a new contract on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the Soldotna High School Library, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Back to school information

Homer High School Registration dates: Thursday, Aug. 12 — new student registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. School start/end times: 9 a.m. to 3:45… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Two student representatives join school board

Student representatives are offered a vote, however it is only an advisory vote.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets to discuss school safety during a work session Monday in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

District staff resignations and retirements highest recorded

To date, 86 certified staff and administrators have resigned or retired

First-year Chapman School teacher Malia Larson speaks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of an ordinance that will appropriate around $2.4 million to the school district in hopes of retaining some non-tenured teachers for the next school year, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district employees vote to strike

A week after contract negotiations with the school district hit a standstill, peninsula educators and staff have voted to strike. In a Facebook post published… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board approves some non-tenure teacher contracts

The jobs weren’t secure due to fiscal uncertainty around Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district, employee associations continue contract talks

The district rejected one proposal from two employee associations and is analyzing another

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Employee associations reject school district contract proposals

The rising cost of health care has been a key sticking point in the negotiations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Audience members stand to show their support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, April 16 at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly approves additional district funding

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting was dominated by education funding Tuesday night, with the assembly passing an ordinance to increase fiscal year 2019 funds… Continue reading

Audience members stand to show their support of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District during the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, April 16 at Seward High School in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district passes budget

The school district passed a total general fund revenue budget of $145,387,469

Members of the community attend the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. The board passed a $145 million budget during the meeting. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators call for action

District staff rally at school board meeting, talk of a strike

Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Teachers, unions getting frustrated by contract negotiations

Teachers and representatives from the unions that represent them are speaking up about their frustrations with the current contract negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area school announcements

General: Monday, Jan. 21 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school) Nominations for exceptional teachers are now open. Nominate your favorite teacher at BPTeachers.com… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

General: Nominations for exceptional teachers are now open. Nominate your favorite teacher at BPTeachers.com by Feb. 1, 2019. McNeil Canyon Elementary On Wednesday, Jan.9, After-School… Continue reading