Understanding School Finance – Budget 101 Series

Understanding School Finance – Budget 101 Series

UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL FINANCE

School Finances can seem complicated

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1. FOUNDATION FORMULA

2. IN KIND

3. FUND BALANCE

4. CHART OF ACCOUNTS

FY25 KPBSD Budget Narrative

FY25 KPBSD Budget Narrative

Dear KPBSD Staff and Families, 

As you are aware, after Governor Dunleavy vetoed SB 140 and the Legislature failed to override his veto, the KPBSD and all districts in Alaska have been left in limbo regarding the budget for FY25.  The Kenai Peninsula Board of Education has outlined three budget scenarios contingent upon potential funding from the State of Alaska. These scenarios reflect receiving an additional $0, $340, or $680, as an increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA) or as one-time allocation. We are all hopeful for a BSA increase as this will also provide more predictable funding for future budgets, versus one-time funding.

In accordance with Alaska Statute, the KPBSD is mandated to present a balanced budget to the KPB Assembly by May 1st each year. At the present moment, the state has yet to make any decisions regarding funding for the school districts. Consequently, the KPBSD will be submitting a balanced budget to the borough reflecting no increase in state funding.

The KPBSD Board of Education’s proposed budget adjustments will have significant impacts on various aspects of the district:

  • The Use of all Remaining Unassigned Fund Balance: $5,836,963
  • Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) Increase: The PTR will see an increase of 1 for high schools, middle schools, large elementary schools, and small schools, and a 5 PTR increase for Connections Home School. This adjustment will lead to the loss of 7 teaching positions, resulting in a budget reduction of $780,332.
  • Elementary School Counselors Cut: All six elementary counselor positions will be removed from the budget, resulting in a budget reduction of $640,987.
  • Small Schools Adjustment Cut: Funds allocated for small school staffing will be reduced, resulting in a budget reduction of $320,067.
  • Support Staff Reduction in Workdays: All KPBSD support staff will experience a reduction of 10 workdays, resulting in a budget reduction of $817,676.
  • School Locations Supplies Reduction: Supply budgets for schools will face a 10% decrease, resulting in a budget reduction of $85,150.
  • School Locations Discretionary Supplies Cut: Discretionary supplies at school locations will face a 5% decrease, resulting in a budget reduction of $32,461.
  • Extra-Curricular and Pupil Transportation Transfers: Travel funding for extra-curricular activities will be eliminated, resulting in a budget reduction of $145,000. Pupil transportation will face additional consolidation of bus routes, resulting in a budget reduction of $550,000.
  • Deferred Purchases: Purchases of Interactive Flat Panels will be deferred, resulting in a budget reduction of $567,981.
  • District Office Reductions: District Office staff will see a decrease of 10 workdays and a 10% decrease in discretionary spending, resulting in budget reductions of $259,650 and $252,318, respectively.
  • Extra-Curricular Salaries and Facility Closures: All assistant coaches, instructional, and academic stipends will be subject to cuts, resulting in a budget reduction of $586,411. Cuts to associated managerial and support positions at our pools and theaters will result in budget reductions of $739,174 and $601,962, respectively.
  • Curriculum Material:  Curriculum material purchases for FY 25 will be deferred, resulting in a budget reduction of $714,100.
  • Health Care Budget: A decrease in the healthcare budget will result in a budget reduction of $726,645.
  • Board Membership: Dues to the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) will be cut, resulting in a budget reduction of $27,360.

These adjustments reflect the necessary measures taken to align the district’s budget with current funding constraints, while striving to minimize negative impact on the quality of education provided to students. Despite these challenges, every effort is being made to ensure that essential educational services are maintained to the highest possible standard within the available resources. The KPBSD remains committed to delivering a quality educational experience, acknowledging the limitations imposed by the current financial landscape.

What happens if there is a funding increase?

A funding increase of $340 – impacts and budget reductions would still include:

  • Use of entire Unassigned Fund Balance ($5,836,963)
  • Extra-Curricular Transportation Reduction ($145,000)
  • Deference of Interactive Flat Screens Purchase ($567,981)
  • District Office Discretionary Spending changed from a 10% reduction to 5% ($126,159)
  • Extra-Curricular Salaries/Benefits changed from a 50% reduction to 25% ($293,205)
  • Health Care Budget Reduction reduced ($651,872)
  • Curriculum Deferral amount reduced ($357,050)

A funding increase of $680 – impacts and budget reductions would still include:

  • Unassigned Fund Balance ($2,265,841)
  • All other budget reductions will be removed

Thank you for your continued advocacy for our schools and public education. 

Sincerely,

Clayton Holland, Superintendent

Board of Education Meeting Monday, April 15, 2024

Board of Education Meeting Monday, April 15, 2024


The following school board committee meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule

Four-Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

Small Schools Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
2:00 p.m.

Special Meeting-Budget Approval (Public Participation noted on the agenda in BoardDocs)
6:00 p.m.

Meeting Agendas: Active Meetings
Live meetings: Live Broadcast

For questions regarding the meeting details or to pre-register please contact:
Nikkol Sipes at nsipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907-714-8836

April 4 – National School Librarian Day

April 4 – National School Librarian Day

On April 4th each year, National School Librarian Day recognizes the professionals who keep the school library in working order. School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized. They are also dedicated to helping our children find the resources they need to keep learning. School librarians are the people who create an environment where students can learn every day of the year. Their work is an impressive accomplishment.

From all of us at KPBSD, Thank you for all you do.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

This is a public notice that KPBSD Board of Education members will be attending, either in person or virtually, the upcoming Joint Budget Work Session with the Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, set to begin at 1:30 p.m. at the George A. Navarre Administration Building, Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, 144 North Binkley St., Soldotna, AK.

For more information please visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough website: https://www.kpb.us/

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 1, 2024

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 1, 2024


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – April 1, 2024

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
2:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
2:30 p.m. 2024-2025 Tentative Board Meeting Dates
2:45 p.m. Board Policy Review
3:15 p.m. Finance Update
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

The Board will have dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to: https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Friday, March 29, 2024 : Early Release or Vacation Day

Friday, March 29, 2024 : Early Release or Vacation Day
2023-2024 - 2024 03 29 early release

Early Release Schools

  • Aurora Borealis
  • Connections
  • Cooper Landing
  • Hope Kaleidoscope
  • K-Beach
  • Kenai Alt
  • Kenai Central High
  • Kenai Middle
  • Moose Pass
  • Mountain View
  • Nikiski MS / HS
  • Nikiski North Star
  • River City Academy
  • Redoubt
  • Seward Elementary
  • Seward High
  • Seward Middle
  • Skyview
  • Soldotna Elementary
  • Soldotna High
  • Soldotna Montessori
  • Sterling Elementary
  • Tustumena
2023-2024 - 2024 03 29 no school

Vacation Day Schools

  • Chapman
  • Fireweed
  • Homer Flex
  • Homer High
  • Homer Middle
  • McNeil Canyon
  • Ninilchik
  • Paul Banks
  • Port Graham
  • Susan B. English
  • Tebughna
  • West Homer Elementary

Board of Education Meeting Monday, March 25, 2024

Board of Education Meeting Monday, March 25, 2024


The following school board committee meeting will be held in the Denali Conference Room at 148 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

Meeting Agendas: Active Meetings go.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public

Live Broadcast

For questions regarding the meeting details please contact: Nikkol Sipes at nsipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907-714-8836

Board of Education Meeting Monday, March 11, 2024

Board of Education Meeting Monday, March 11, 2024


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule

Four-Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Special Meeting Thursday, March 7, 2024

Board of Education Special Meeting Thursday, March 7, 2024


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule

Special Meeting : Non-Tenure Teacher Contracts (Public Participation noted on the agenda in BoardDocs)
3:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Quarterly Work Session Tuesday, March 5, 2024 in Homer

Board of Education Quarterly Work Session Tuesday, March 5, 2024 in Homer


The following school board work sessions will be held in the Homer High School Theater 600 E. Fairview Ave. Homer, AK 99603 unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – March 5, 2024

Information Committee (Public Listening Participation)
9:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
10:15 a.m. Board Member Compensation
10:45 a.m. Committee Meeting Schedules
11:00 a.m. Finance Update

To pre-register to testify at the Business Meeting please contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, March 4, 2024 in Homer

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, March 4, 2024 in Homer


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Homer High School Theater 600 E. Fairview Ave. Homer, AK 99603 unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – March 4, 2024

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
12:45 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:15 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
1:45 p.m. Finance Update
2:45 p.m. Facility Update
3:30 p.m. 2024-2025 Organizational Chart Update
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

The Board will have dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

To pre-register to testify at the Business Meeting, please contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to: https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

This is a public notice that KPBSD Board of Education members will be attending the upcoming KPBSD Budget Forum meetings either in person or virtually, on February 21st at the Soldotna High School Library, February 22nd at the Homer High School Library and February 28th at the Seward High School Library. Facilitated by Elizabeth Hayes, Executive Director of Finance. Each meeting scheduled to begin at 6:00pm.

For more information please contact Nikkol Sipes 907.714.8836 or visit the KPBSD Finance page.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week

KPBSD School Counselors, you are appreciated!

Please join me to celebrate our school counselors during National School Counselor Appreciation week! Now, more than ever, we recognize and appreciate the great work our school counselors provide to our students and to our entire district. On a daily basis they connect with students, and are actively engaged to help them examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents. They work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world’ they focus on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career, and social and emotional development; they work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. The work that our School Counselors are doing resonates not only in our schools and communities today, but also into the future lives of our students.

Superintendent Clayton Holland

School Board Appreciation Month

School Board Appreciation Month

February marks School Board Appreciation Month in Alaska, celebrating the pivotal role that School Boards play in our representative democracy and the cherished local control of education, a value held dearly by Alaskans. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the exceptional members of the KPBSD Board of Education!

A special thank you to Mr. Zen Kelly, serving as President, and Mr. Jason Tauriainen, our dedicated Vice President, along with Board members Virginia Morgan, Tim Daugharty, Kelly Cizek, Penny Vadla, Matt Morse, Diane MacRae, and Patti Truesdell.

Your outstanding leadership and unwavering dedication contribute significantly to the success of our community and the well-being of our students. Your commitment is genuinely inspiring!

#supportingstudentsinlifesuccess #everychildeveryday

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, February 5, 2024

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, February 5, 2024


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – February 5, 2024

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
9:30 a.m.

Small Schools Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:15 a.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:45 a.m.

Special Meeting-Negotiations (Public Listening Participation)
11:15 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
2:00 p.m. Finance Update
3:00 p.m. Assessment Report
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

The Board will have lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

February 6, 2024 Quarterly Work Session Meeting has been tentatively rescheduled to March 5, 2024 in Homer, AK

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to: https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Thursday, February 1, 2024

Board of Education Meeting Thursday, February 1, 2024


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – February 1, 2024

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Board of Education Meeting Wednesday, January 10, 2024


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – January 10, 2024

Four-Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, January 8, 2024

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, January 8, 2024


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – January 8, 2024

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:15 a.m.

Special Meeting-Hearing Pertaining to AR 1312.3 (Public Listening Participation)
11:00 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
1:30 p.m. Finance Update
2:30 p.m. Fine Arts Curriculum Revisions
3:15 p.m. Alaska Reads Act Update
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

The Board will have lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to: https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Winter Programs

Winter Programs

Celebrate what is right in the world, and treat yourself–
attend a school music concert or play!

Programs are at school location unless otherwise noted, and some will be prerecorded and shared with families via school websites or social media. Some schools have more than one program, and so the location may vary by date.

DateTimeSchoolEvent DescriptionLocation
12/54:00 PMK-Beach ElementaryK-Beach Music Group’s Winter Performance
12/57:00 PMSoldotna HighHoliday Concert
12/66:30 PMSoldotna ElementaryBand/Choir ConcertSoldotna High School
12/712:30 PMPaul BanksHHS Mariner Theater
12/72:30 PMTebughnaWinter Program
12/75:30 PMSeward ElementaryWinter Family Fun Night
12/76:00 PMKenai Central HighBand Concert
12/76:00 PMKenai MiddleCombined ConcertRenee C. Henderson Auditorium
12/76:00 PMSterling ElementaryWinter Concert
12/76:30 PMMcNeil CanyonWinter Concert
12/76:30 PMSoldotna MontessoriWinter ConcertSoldotna High School
12/77:00 PMChapman5-8 Grade Winter Band Concert
12/86:00 PMAurora BorealisWinter ProgramKCHS
12/87:00 PMNikiski MS/HSMusical “ELF”
12/97:00 PMNikiski MS/HSMusical “ELF”
12/117:00 PMHomer HighWinter Concert
12/122:00 PMTustumenaKinder Show in the Library
12/126:00 PMKenai Central HighChoir Concert
12/126:00 PMNinilchikElementary Christmas Concert
12/127:00 PMHomer MiddleChoir and Band ConcertHHS Mariner Theater
12/127:00 PMMoose PassTwas One Crazy Night Before Christmas
12/127:00 PMNikiski MS/HSWinter Concert Band/Choir
12/13NoonKenai AlternativeGrinch Day Celebration
12/131:30 PMFireweed AcademyWinter Violin ConcertLittle Fireweed Big Yurt
12/136:00 PMSkyview MiddleWinter Music ConcertSkyview
12/1412:30 PMWest Homer ElementaryWinter Musical ConcertHHS Mariner Theater
12/141:00 PMChapmanK-4 Grade Winter Concert
12/142:00 PMNikolaevskWinter Program
12/146:00 PMCooper LandingChristmas Performance
12/146:30 PMSusan B. EnglishCommunity Holiday & Christmas Program
12/147:00 PMHomer HighSwing Choir Candlelight, Carols and Desserts
12/207:00 PMHomer HighWinter Concert
12/226:00 PMPort GrahamWinter Program
1/106:00 PMSoldotna ElementaryBand/Choir Concert

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, December 4, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, December 4, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – December 4, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m.

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
11:00 a.m.

Special Meeting, Legal Matter – Lawsuit Consultation with Attorney (Public Listening Participation)
11:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m. Discussion: Graduation Requirements
1:30 p.m. Class Size Report
2:00 p.m. Staffing Formula
2:45 p.m. Discussion with State Legislators
3:30 p.m. Budget 101 Work Sessions: Chart of Accounts
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

The Board will have lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to: https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, November 28, 2023


The following school board meeting will be held in the Redoubt Conference Room at 148 N. Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – November 28, 2023

Redoubt Conference Room

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

KPBSD Health Care Open Enrollment

KPBSD Health Care Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: November 15, 2023 – December 15, 2023

Election Changes will be Effective January 1, 2024

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: You MUST enroll no later than 4:30 pm AKST on December 15, 2023.
All legal documents and other required documents must be turned in to Stacey Vinson at the District Office by the deadline of 4:30 pm AKST on December 15, 2023.

CURRENT ENROLLEES – IF YOU HAVE NO CHANGES: No action is required from you; your current enrollment will remain the same.

The Health Plan Enrollment form is included in the Open Enrollment Guide and will also be available online at https://employees.kpbsd.org/health-care-plan.

All changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2024.

If you are enrolling a new dependent, you must provide legal documentation as follows:

  • Spouse:
    Marriage Certificate (photocopy)
  • Children:
    A photocopy of the child’s birth certificate, naming you or your spouse as the child’s parent; or appropriate court order/adoption decree naming you or your spouse as the child’s legal guardian.

If you are removing your spouse, you must submit the signed “Request to Remove Spouse Form” with the enrollment form marking “Drop” next to their name.

If you are electing the HRA Plan:

  1. Complete enrollment form with all changes marking “OPEN ENROLLMENT” & “HRA PLAN”
  2. You don’t need to list currently enrolled dependents that you wish to remain enrolled, however, if you would like to drop a dependent child, mark “DROP” next to their name. If you are dropping your spose, you must also include the signed Request to Remove Spouse Form. List any new dependents and check “ADD” next to their name, be sure you include the required legal documents.
  3. Submit all documents to Stacey Vinson by the Open Enrollment deadline. Documents may be emailed.

If you are electing the HSA Plan:

  1. Fill out the paper enrollment form in the Open Enrollment Guide marking “OPEN ENROLLMENT” & “HSA PLAN”
  2. You don’t need to list currently enrolled dependents that you wish to remain enrolled, however, if you would like to drop a dependent child, mark “DROP” next to their name. If you are dropping your spouse, you must also include the signed Request to Remove Spouse Form. List any new dependents and check “ADD” next to their name, be sure you include the required legal documents.
  3. Carefully read the HSA FAQ and eligibility guidelines to ensure you are eligible. If you are unsure of your HSA eligibility, we recommend that you consult a tax, legal or financial advisor to discuss your personal circumstances that may affect your HSA eligibility. KPBSD cannot consult you about your HSA eligibility.
  4. Fill out the attached HSA Enrollment Form and return all pages.
  5. Rehn requires you to list a physical address on the form even if you don’t receive mail at that address. If you have a PO Box you may also list this on the form so Rehn can note that in their system.
  6. Submit all documents to Stacey Vinson by the Open Enrollment deadline. Documents may be emailed.

Remember, this is your opportunity to make changes to your elections for the 2024 Plan Year. The deadline for submitting your enrollment form is 4:30 PM on December 15, 2023. After that date, you cannot change your elections until the next Open Enrollment period in Nov/Dec 2024, unless you experience a Special Enrollment (Qualifying) event as described in the Summary Plan Description.

Please submit your enrollment forms by the Open Enrollment deadline to:
Stacey Vinson
Employee Benefits Manager
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
148 N. Binkley St. Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907.714.8879 | Fax: 907.262.9645
SVinson@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Board of Education Quarterly Work Session Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Board of Education Quarterly Work Session Tuesday, November 7, 2023


The following school board work sessions will be held in the Gilman River Center at Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – November 7, 2023

Gilman River Center
Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
9:00 a.m. 2024 Legislative Priorities
10:00 a.m. Review of Committee Charges
10:30 a.m. Board Policy Review
11:00 a.m. Artificial Intelligence Discussion

The Board will have lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, November 6, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, November 6, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – November 6, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:30 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
11:00 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
1:00 p.m. Governance Handbook Review
1:30 p.m. Curriculum Update
2:15 p.m. Discussion: Anti-Vaping Measures
2:45 p.m. Annual Financial and Audit Report Work Session
3:30 p.m. Budget 101 Work Sessions: Fund Balance
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

The Board will have lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 23, 2023

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 23, 2023


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – October 23, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Special Meeting – Nikolaevsk Charter School Application (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 16, 2023

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 16, 2023


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – October 16, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Special Meeting – Organization of the School Board (Public Listening Participation)
9:00 a.m.

Work Session (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m. Nikolaevsk Charter School Application Review

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 9, 2023

Board of Education Meeting Monday, October 9, 2023


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and participate by listening only.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – October 9, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Charter School Oversight Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education Notice

This is a public notice that KPBSD Board of Education members will be attending, either in person or virtually, the upcoming October 5, 2023 Homeschool Community Conversation facilitated by Mayor Micciche with Superintendent Holland. Scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the George A. Navarre Administration Building, in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK.

For more information please contact the Kenai Peninsula Borough or visit their website: https://www.kpb.us/

Safe School Helpline

Safe School Helpline

The Safe School Helpline is provided to allow students, parents and community members the ability to confidentially report threats of violence, suicide, bullying or illegal activity that impact KPBSD schools, students, or staff. This service provides users the opportunity to leave a message or speak with a live crisis counselor for immediate needs. The helpline is administered by an independent, outside company. All communications remain private, confidential, and anonymous.

Four Ways to Report to the Safe School Helpline

Call: 1.800.418.6423 or 1.800.4.1.VOICE (Ext. 359)

Text: TIPS to 614.426.0240

Online: SafeSchoolHelpline.com

Mobile App: Download FREE on the App Store or Google Play


Your message will be communicated with school officials. All information will remain anonymous to encourage the reporting of all safety concerns. Your report will be assigned a case number, which you may use later to confirm that your report was received.

* The Safe School Helpline does not replace 911. Please call 911 if you know an emergency is actively occurring.

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, October 2, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, October 2, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – October 2, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
10:00 a.m.

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
11:00 a.m.

Charter School Oversight Committee Meeting (Public Listening Participation)
11:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
1:15 p.m. AASB Resolution
1:30 p.m. Discussion: Creating an Ad Hoc Committee for 4-day School/Work Week
2:00 p.m. Discussion: Staffing Formula Questions
2:30 p.m. Bond Package Update
3:30 p.m. Budget 101 Work Sessions: In Kind Services
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

The Board will have lunch from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, September 11, 2023 in Seward

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, September 11, 2023 in Seward


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Seward High School Theater, 2100 Swetman St., Seward, AK 99664 unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Board of Education Meeting Schedule – September 11, 2023

Special Meeting – Superintendent Contract – Seward High School Theater, Seward, AK (Public Listening Participation)
11:45 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
Seward High School Theater
Seward, Alaska
12:30 p.m. AASB Resolution
1:00 p.m. Soldotna Elementary Education Specifications
1:30 p.m. Cell Phone Use
2:00 p.m. Comprehensive Counseling Program Update
3:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
3:30 p.m. Budget 101: Understanding Alaska’s Education Funding Formula
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

The Board will have dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Free Child Find Developmental, Vision & Hearing Screenings for preschoolers

Free Child Find Developmental, Vision & Hearing Screenings for preschoolers

Would you like more information about your child’s development?
CHILD FIND Can Help!

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) provides free screening for children 3 through 5 years old (not yet in kindergarten)

Areas screened include: speech and language, learning and understanding, coordination and movement, social-emotional skills, self-helping skills (feeding, dressing, and toileting), vision or hearing.

Children already identified with disabilities should also be screened if not receiving special education services through the district.


Screenings in your area

Sterling Community

For: Preschoolers 3 to 5 years old (not yet in kindergarten)
When: Monday, March 25, 2024
Where: Sterling Elementary School
Contact: Kelli at 907.260.5148 for an appointment

To make an appointment or for more information call the KPBSD Child Find office at 907.260.5148 or email KCreglow@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Additional locations on the Kenai Peninsula will be added throughout the year


Developmental Checks

By Age 3

  • Count to 3
  • Speak to most adults and be understood
  • Build a tower of at least 8 blocks
  • Walk up and down stairs
  • Run without falling very often
  • Follow simple directions
  • Repeat simple sounds or rhymes
  • Match colors and shapes
  • Put on some clothes without help
  • Point to 6 parts of the body (hair, nose, eyes, feet, hands, mouth)
  • Name several objects (chair, box, ball, etc…)
  • Imitate drawing a circle (even if it is not quite round)

By Age 4

  • Count to 5
  • Speaks in sentences of about 5 words
  • Asks “how” and “why” questions
  • Cuts with scissors
  • Stands on one foot without falling
  • Catch and throw a ball
  • Holds crayons with fingers, not fist
  • Answers simple question like: “What do you do when you are hungry?”
  • Recognize and name 3-4 colors
  • Enjoys playing with other children
  • Dresses self completely (with help on pullover shirts and sweaters)

By Age 5

  • Count 5 objects
  • Explain what objects are used for
  • Understand the concept of “yesterday”, “today”, and “tomorrow”
  • Climb a ladder to a slide
  • Cuts with scissors on a straight line
  • Copy a picture of a circle and a square
  • Understand words like “on”, “under”, and “behind”
  • Match colors and shapes
  • Go to the bathroom without help

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, August 7, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, August 7, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – August 7, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting Denali Conference Room Soldotna, AK (Public Listening Participation)
1:30 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting Denali Conference Room Soldotna, AK (Public Listening Participation)
2:00 p.m.

Information Committee Meeting Denali Conference Room Soldotna, AK (Public Listening Participation)
2:30 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening Participation)
Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers
Soldotna, Alaska
3:00 p.m. Superintendent Annual Report
3:30 p.m. Strategic Plan Update
4:25 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

The Board will have dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the Business Meeting.

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

Quarterly Work Session scheduled for August 8, 2023 has been cancelled

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Welcome new administrators

Welcome new administrators

KPBSD is grateful for all our school leaders who served, and retired or moved onto new adventures at the end of the school year in June.

Let us collectively welcome new school principals and assistant principals who will begin these new assignments in the 2023-2024 school year!

KPBSD Administrators 2023-2024

  • Chapman School, Heidi Stokes, Principal
  • Homer High School, Katie Bynagle, Assistant Principal
  • Mountain View Elementary School, Hannah Dolphin, Principal
  • Mountain View Elementary School, Aubrie Ellis, Assistant Principal
  • Nikiski Middle High School, Michael Crain, Principal
  • Nikiski Middle High School, Sam White, Assistant Principal
  • Nikolaevsk School, Greg Melvin, Principal
  • Ninilchik School, Jim Hanks, Principal
  • Port Graham School, Greg Melvin, Principal
  • Redoubt Elementary School, Jason Williams, Principal
  • Seward Elementary School, Matt Cook, Principal
  • Susan B. English, David Fair, Principal

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, July 10, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, July 10, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – July 10, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:30 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:40 a.m.

Special Meeting – Personnel Matters (Public Listening)
12:10 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:30 p.m. Complete 2023-2024 Board Goals
2:30 p.m. Health Care Update
3:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
3:30 p.m. Substitute & Temporary Pay Schedule
4:00 p.m. Finance Update
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, June 5, 2023 and Planning Session Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, June 5, 2023 and Planning Session Tuesday, June 6, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – June 5, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:30 p.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
2:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:15 p.m. Alaska Reads Act Update
3:15 p.m. Bond Package Update
4:00 p.m. Finance Update
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

Meeting Schedule – June 6, 2023

Soldotna High School Library
425 West Marydale Soldotna, Alaska 99669

Planning Sessions
9:30 a.m. Four Day Work Week Discussion
11:00 a.m. Review 2022-2023 Board Self Evaluation
1:00 p.m. Review 2022-2023 Board Goals
2:00 p.m. Develop 2023-2024 Board Goals

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Nicole Murphy – Golden Apple Award

Nicole Murphy – Golden Apple Award

We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Nicole Murphy has been awarded the prestigious Golden Apple recognition for her outstanding work with the RISE Program (wrap around supports for at-risk students). Ms. Murphy’s dedication to her students is truly remarkable, as evidenced by the numerous nominations she received from her students themselves. They spoke of how she always puts them first and helps with all their needs, not just those related to academics but those related to life outside of school as well. Ms. Murphy’s steady encouragement and belief in her students’ potential have helped them push past their comfort zones and achieve more than they thought possible.

Nicole’s efforts have included providing unique opportunities students would not have had otherwise, such as trips to Juneau and Washington, DC, where they learned about their state, their country, and themselves. As one student put it, “Some of us never believed college was an option until these experiences.” Ms. Murphy’s mentorship and guidance have increased her students’ self-esteem, and her high expectations have helped them reach their goals.

Superintendent Clayton Holland stated, “Ms. Murphy goes above and beyond for her students every day. The work she is doing is literally changing the course of life for her students. There is no doubt that Ms. Murphy is a true difference-maker.” We are so grateful to have staff like Ms. Murphy who care so deeply for their students’ well-being and success. Congratulations, Nicole, on this well-deserved recognition!

We are proud to have Ms. Murphy as a part of our district, and her dedication to her students is a true testament to her commitment to education. Her work with the Students in Transition Program and at-risk students has made a significant impact on the lives of many. We congratulate Ms. Murphy on her well-deserved recognition and thank her for her continued efforts to support and inspire our students.

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, May 1, 2023 in Seward

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, May 1, 2023 in Seward


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Seward High School Theater, 2100 Swetman Street, Seward, AK 99664 unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – May 1, 2023

Seward High School Theater

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m.

Small Schools Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:30 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:30 p.m. KPSAA Handbook Revisions
3:00 p.m. Six Year Plan Facility Updates
3:30 p.m. Finance Update
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Jenna Fabian – 2023 Alan Haskins Principal of the Year

Jenna Fabian – 2023 Alan Haskins Principal of the Year

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) is proud to announce that Jenna Fabian, Principal of Nikiski North Star Elementary, has been named the recipient of The Alan Haskins Principal of the Year Award for 2023.

The Alan Haskins Principal of the Year Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes a KPBSD administrator who exemplifies the exceptional qualities of former Seward Elementary Principal Alan Haskins. These qualities include character, integrity, perseverance, work ethic, empathy, and selflessness.

In April of 2022, Mr. Haskins was the first recipient of the KPBSD Principal of the Year Award. Sadly, he passed away on March 7th, 2023. To honor Mr. Haskins’ legacy and impact on his students, staff, and the community of Seward, the KPBSD Principal of the Year Award has been renamed The Alan Haskins Principal of the Year Award.

The Alan Haskins Principal of the Year Award is considered the highest recognition that a KPBSD principal can receive. This award acknowledges Ms. Fabian’s outstanding leadership qualities and dedication to her school community.

“We commend Ms. Fabian on this outstanding achievement and thank her for embodying the traits of an exceptional school administrator. She serves as an inspiration to all of us in the KPBSD community,” said Superintendent Clayton Holland

Ms. Fabian’s exceptional leadership has had a significant impact on Nikiski North Star Elementary and the wider KPBSD community. Her commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment has helped students achieve academic success and thrive socially and emotionally.

The KPBSD congratulates Ms. Fabian on this well-deserved recognition and thanks her for her unwavering commitment to educational excellence.

Dixie St. John, BSN, RN – 2023 Alaska School Nurse Excellence Award

Dixie St. John, BSN, RN – 2023 Alaska School Nurse Excellence Award

The 2023 recipient of the School Nurse Excellence in Alaska award is Dixie St. John, BSN, RN, the school nurse at Kenai Middle School for the past eleven years in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.  Active in community outreach, Dixie is the adult advisor for the youth suicide prevention program, Sources of Strength (SOS), and the lead educator with the Intervention for Nicotine Dependence Education Tobacco and Health program (INDEPTH) and the Not on Tobacco (N.O.T.) program.  She organized a color run for SOS. She collaborates with the clinician for a school-based Youth Services Program as well as with Change for the Kenai for strengthening families providing drug and alcohol prevention and domestic violence awareness. As a guest speaker in the science classroom, she teaches on matters like hygiene, sugar addictiveness, and the dangers of vaping.  She manages a “backpack” program collaborating with a local church and food bank for weekend food bags.  She works as a mediator between students to resolve issues. Many testimonials abound: “She is the best thing to happen to many of our students and families.”  “Her amazing care has a positive ripple effect into the lives of those she comes in contact with.” “Dixie’s a strong advocate and protective factor.” A student wrote, “She is passionate about helping others through their struggles of both physical and emotional pain.  I am proud to have such an amazing nurse.” Dixie noted that the best part of the National Association of School Nurses Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice is that “students are at the center of this work.  I run my clinic this way.  Students are the heart of my practice.”  In making students the heart of her practice, Dixie has become the heart of her school and community.  Congratulations, Dixie!

Congratulations Sargeant Truesdell

Congratulations Sargeant Truesdell

AASSP Region 3 Principal of the Year for 2023 is awarded to KPBSD Principal Sargeant Truesdell

Soldotna High School Principal Sargeant Truesdell has been named Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) Region 3 Principal of The Year for 2023. Principal Truesdell has served as the Principal of Soldotna High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for the last three years.

AASSP sponsors regional and statewide Principal of The Year recognition awards to honor the educational leaders who play such a pivotal role in student success. They may be nominated by anyone – students, staff, parents, district office staff or principal peers – with awards finalized by AASSP members in their region. Regional Principals of The Year are eligible to be in the running for the statewide Alaska Principal of The Year.

Principal Truesdell is described a problem solver, always looking for ways to solve issues that affect students and staff at Soldotna High School. This year he worked with staff to include intervention courses and brought in learning loss aides to help fill gaps following the pandemic.

KPBSD Superintendent Clayton Holland said, “Mr. Truesdell is innovative and works with his staff to develop their strengths to deliver a solid education that has a strong focus on college and career readiness.” 

Soldotna High School Assistant Principal Tabitha Blades shared, “Despite his many years in education, Principal Truesdell’s fire for education burns as bright as ever.” She added, “He is a positive and enthusiastic advocate for all he leads.” Superintendent Holland Congratulated Principal Truesdell saying, “Everything he does as the principal of Soldotna High School is done to support his students and staff, and to create a culture of high expectations, care, and acceptance of everyone.” He added, “We are all very proud that he is being recognized as the 2023 Region 3 Principal of the Year.” 

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 10, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 10, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – April 10, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:30 a.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

Small Schools Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:00 p.m. Connections Homeschool Update
3:00 p.m. Finance Update
3:30 p.m. 2023-2024 Tentative Board Meeting Dates
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Congratulations to Jolee Peterson and Noah Standifer

Congratulations to Jolee Peterson and Noah Standifer

Congratulations to Jolee Peterson, Hope School and Noah Standifer, Tebughna School for being selected to represent students on the KPBSD BOE Small Schools Committee.

This committee will review and make recommendations to the board regarding measures that can benefit small schools and suggest ways to acknowledge the strengths and overcome unique challenges, as well as improve collaboration between the district and communities to share ideas to better support students.

2023-2024 KPBSD Principal Interviews

2023-2024 KPBSD Principal Interviews

Joint Assembly and School Board Budget Work Session – Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Joint Assembly and School Board Budget Work Session – Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The Board of Education will hold a joint budget work session with the Borough Assembly at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at the George A. Navarre Administration Building, Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers, 144 North Binkley St., Soldotna, AK.

For more information, visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough website and navigate to Assembly>Calendar: https://www.kpb.us/

Attend in person, or listen via the KPB Zoom

Meeting ID: 884 7373 9641

Passcode: 671108

School Board Agenda and KPBSD presentation: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public

Chris Etzwiler – Golden Apple Award

Chris Etzwiler – Golden Apple Award

I’m not sure why it is so hard for so many of us to let others know that they are important. The fact that Chris so easily expresses appreciation toward others has resulted in countless opportunities for our KPBSD students to self-reflect on their world, connect with those who bring them light, and work to build positive values and virtues.

Jane Beck, Project Grad

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, March 6, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, March 6, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – March 6, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
9:30 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:00 a.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

Small Schools Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m. Curriculum Update
2:00 p.m. Legislative Bills
2:30 p.m. 2023-2024 Organizational Chart Update
3:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
3:30 p.m. Finance Update
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting: (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

Work Session scheduled for March 7, 2023 has been cancelled

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 21, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Denali Conference Room at 148 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to listen only and attend in person or virtually.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – February 21, 2023

Denali Conference Room

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, February 6, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, February 6, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – February 6, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
9:30 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:00 a.m.

Special Meeting Student Expulsion Hearing (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m. Small Schools Committee Discussion
1:15 p.m. 2023-2024 Organizational Chart Update
1:30 p.m. Finance Update
2:00 p.m. Assessment Report
3:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:00 p.m. Mayoral Candidate Work Session

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting: (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

KPBSD Budget Meetings

KPBSD Budget Meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District requests input from staff, parents, and community members at the districtwide KPBSD budget meetings scheduled at the following times:

  • Homer Community – Tuesday, February 14, 2023 @ 6:00pm Homer High Library
  • *Central Peninsula Community – Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 6:00pm KCHS Library
  • Seward Community – Wednesday, February 22, 2023 @ 6:00pm Seward High Library

* The February 15th meeting will also be a Zoom Meeting (https://kpbsd.zoom.us/j/85468315138).

Additional information and the number to call with questions will be posted here. As new budget information becomes available, it will also be posted here.

If you have questions, please call Natalie Bates at 907.714.8888.

Board of Education Hearing Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Board of Education Hearing Tuesday, January 31, 2023


The following school board informal hearing will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The informal hearing is open to the public.  The public is invited to participate by listening only and may attend in person or virtually.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Hearing Scheduled – January 31, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Board of Education Informal Hearing – Dismissal Sustainment (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Information Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Board of Education Information Committee Meeting Tuesday, January 31, 2023


The following school board meeting will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – January 31, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, January 9, 2023

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, January 9, 2023


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – January 9, 2023

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:00 a.m.

Finance Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m. CTE/Middle College
11:30 a.m. Title VI Program Update
1:00 p.m. Small Schools Committee Discussion
1:30 p.m. Board Policy Review
2:30 p.m. School Calendars
3:00 p.m. Finance Update
3:30 p.m. Bond Package Review/Timeline
4:30 p.m. Legislative Delegation Update

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting: (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

Work Session tentatively scheduled on January 10, 2023 has been cancelled

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

Nominations Now Open for 2022-2023 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Nominations  Now Open for 2022-2023 Alaska Teacher of the Year

Do you know an inspiring and passionate educator deserving of the recognition of Alaska Teacher of the Year? Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 period.

  • Has five or more years experience in the field of education
  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way
  • Contributes to the field of education and strives to strengthen the profession

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, December 5, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, December 5, 2022


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – December 5, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:30 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
1:30 p.m. Small Schools Committee Discussion
2:00 p.m. 2023 Legislative Priorities
2:15 p.m. Class Size Report
2:30 p.m. Finance Budget
3:00 p.m. Homer Forest Charter School Application
4:00 p.m. Curriculum Update
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting: (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907.714.8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast

KPBSD Effective Literacy Team is seeking members

KPBSD Effective Literacy Team is seeking members

The KPBSD Effective Literacy Team will be responsible for developing a district roadmap that articulates literacy improvement goals and guidance that will help identify steps that will be taken to achieve them.  This committee is charged with collaboratively developing the KPBSD Vision and Mission for Literacy and providing direction on district structures and practices to support high quality, effective literacy instruction for all KPBSD students.

The Effective Literacy Team is seeking members from all stakeholder groups who have strong collaboration skills, are open to diverse perspectives, and have a passion or expertise in literacy instruction. The most important characteristic is willingness to participate in building a common understanding and expectations of K-12 literacy as a TEAM. Click HERE to read Roles and Responsibilities.

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, November 7, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, November 7, 2022


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers at 144 Binkley Street, Soldotna, AK unless otherwise noted.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to attend in person and to listen and participate as noted below.

(877) 853-5257
Conference ID: 708 024 188
When prompted for an Attendee ID, press #.

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Meeting Schedule – November 7, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
10:00 a.m.

Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m. 2023 Legislative Priorities
1:30 p.m. Finance Update
2:00 p.m. Literacy Update
2:30 p.m. Homer Forest Charter School Application
4:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion

6:00 p.m. Business Meeting: (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs )

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Nikkol Sipes at NSipes@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, 907-714-8836, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view the agenda and packet items, log on to: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/kpbsd/Board.nsf/public.

To view the live broadcast log on to https://kpbsd.org/board or Live Broadcast