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

Paul Banks Elementary students tour birch syrup grove

Under clear, crisp skies, a troupe of Paul Banks Elementary School students climbed up a little ways into the hills on East End Road for… Continue reading

School announcements

General: The 2019 graduation ceremony for Alaska Bible Institute students will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Glacierview Baptist Church, 906 East… 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)

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)
Community members participate in an exploratory meeting Monday, April 15, 2019 to discuss the possibility of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District consolidating Homer High School and Homer Middle School, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

District considers consolidating Homer High, Homer Middle Schools

As the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District makes contingency plans in case Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to education funding go through unaltered, Homer area… Continue reading

Community members participate in an exploratory meeting Monday, April 15, 2019 to discuss the possibility of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District consolidating Homer High School and Homer Middle School, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
West Homer Elementary School teacher Becky Paul explains the use of a feather used by whoever’s turn it is to speak before a group a fifth and sixth grade students perform a demonstration of restorative justice on March 22, 2019 at the School in Homer, Alaska. This is a new aspect of Homer’s Youth Court program that focuses on getting restorative justice practices into local schools. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Students learn problem solving through restorative justice practices

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to add information and to clarify that Homer Flex School was the first in the district to use… Continue reading

West Homer Elementary School teacher Becky Paul explains the use of a feather used by whoever’s turn it is to speak before a group a fifth and sixth grade students perform a demonstration of restorative justice on March 22, 2019 at the School in Homer, Alaska. This is a new aspect of Homer’s Youth Court program that focuses on getting restorative justice practices into local schools. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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