Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Superintendent John O’Brien seeking treatment for cancer

The school superintendent was diagnosed with kidney cancer days before spring break.

 

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Schools prep for online learning

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is preparing to migrate education from brick-and-mortar schools to a distance delivery system. The extended spring break for students… Continue reading

 

School meals will continue during extended break

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will continue to feed students during the extended spring break, according to a press release. With schools closed to… Continue reading

 

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board asks to add bond to ballot

The $30 million bond package would fund capital projects in school buildings across the district.

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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)

School board to interview applicants for vacant seat

There are four applicants for the District 6 vacancy — which covers the eastern peninsula.

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)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien gives a presentation to the Borough Assembly at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Superintendent updates assembly on enrollment, scores and more

Superintendent John O’Brien gave an update about district enrollment, test scores and goals at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. To begin, O’Brien said the… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien gives a presentation to the Borough Assembly at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Kenai boys soccer team dump water on their head coach, Shane Lopez, in celebration of their win over Juneau on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to claim the Division II state soccer championship title. The game was played at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Prep sports programs feel effects of new teacher’s contract

The new teachers contract agreed to by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District last month touched many aspects on the peninsula, including sports programs and… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai boys soccer team dump water on their head coach, Shane Lopez, in celebration of their win over Juneau on Saturday, May 25, 2019 to claim the Division II state soccer championship title. The game was played at Service High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
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)
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.

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)
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.

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)

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)
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