‘Everything is on the table’

Facing $135M budget cut, university contemplates drastic action

 

University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen speaks last Friday, June 14, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New UAA chancellor sees university as benefitting many

Eight months into her job as University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, Cathy Sandeen has survived not just her first winter in Alaska, but crises that… Continue reading

 

Conrad Woodhead, pictured here, has been principal of Chapman School in Anchor Point, Alaska for the last eight years. He recently announced his resignation from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. (Photo courtesy Conrad Woodhead)

Chapman School principal resigns after 8 years

Conrad Woodhead, principal of Champman School in Anchor Point for the last eight years, is leaving the school district to take a new job. His… Continue reading

 

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)

Homer High graduates reflect on community, look forward to future

The ceremony for Homer High School’s 84 graduates last Wednesday reflected two things local students are good at: appreciating their small, tight-knit community, and thinking… Continue reading

Homer athletes get recognition, plan futures

Homer High School isn’t known for winning a lot of state championships in sports, but that doesn’t mean the student athletes the school produces are… Continue reading

13 graduate from Homer Flex School

With usually about a dozen high school students graduating from Flex School, ceremonies tend to be intimate and informal — and with a lot of… Continue reading

Four Ninilchik graduates reflect on time in small school

In a short but sweet ceremony Tuesday night, four teenagers walked across the stage and into the next phase of their lives at Ninilchik School.… 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)

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)

School announcements

General: Megan Kirsis, a resident of Homer, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. Kirsis is majoring in… Continue reading

District employees leave 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, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike on table for school district staff

School district employees are considering a strike after contract negotiations were left unresolved Thursday afternoon. Since May 8, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and… Continue reading

District employees leave 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, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

25 graduate in KBC commencement

The annual spring flurry of graduation begins at the top, as last Wednesday students from Kachemak Bay Campus received certificates, diplomas and degrees in everything… Continue reading

Esther Lowe poses for a photo at a reception for the Kachemak Bay Campus commencement last Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Lowe received an associate of arts degree. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
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)

School announcements

Homer High School Today through Saturday — Conference Soccer Tournament on the turf field starting at 1 p.m. daily Today — AP Government Exam at… Continue reading

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)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek stands next to BP Teachers of Excellence honorees, Wendy Todd, a teacher at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Julie Doepken, a teacher at William H. Seward High School in Seward, Martha Fleming of Seward High School and Jennifer Hornung, a teacher at Nikiski Middle/High School at the BP Teachers of Excellence reception in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Photo courtsey of BP Teachers of Excellence.)

Peninsula educators recognized as BP Teachers of Excellence

Thirteen teachers across the state were awarded the teachers of excellence award.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek stands next to BP Teachers of Excellence honorees, Wendy Todd, a teacher at Paul Banks Elementary in Homer, Julie Doepken, a teacher at William H. Seward High School in Seward, Martha Fleming of Seward High School and Jennifer Hornung, a teacher at Nikiski Middle/High School at the BP Teachers of Excellence reception in Anchorage, Alaska on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (Photo courtsey of BP Teachers of Excellence.)

School announcements

Homer High School Thursday — AP Chemistry and Psychology Exams, KBC at 8 a.m. and noon Thursday — Girls Soccer v. Kenai, Turf, JV at… Continue reading

From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer High student wins Caring for the Kenai contest for turning plastic into 3D printer filament

What do butterflies, video games and a parody of “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice have in common? They were all part of the presentations… Continue reading

From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

School announcements

Homer Flex School May 3 — Flex First Friday Our Employability Skills class will be taking various field trips throughout the rotation during class. Please… Continue reading