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

Understanding School Finance – Budget 101 Series

Understanding School Finance – Budget 101 Series

UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL FINANCE

School Finances can seem complicated

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Topics of Discussion

Work sessions are scheduled on the following tentative Board meeting dates beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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Please get involved and ask questions.

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

Tyonek

For: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to 5 years old (not yet in kindergarten)
When: Monday, October 16, 2023
Where: Tebughna School
Call Kelli: 907.260.5148 to schedule 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 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

KPBSD Districtwide Emergency Communications Test

KPBSD Districtwide Emergency Communications Test

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the KPBSD will send TEST emergency messages via email, text message, and automated call. These are the methods we have available to alert you directly in an emergency situation.

If you do not receive our TEST message in all the ways you want, please contact your child(rens) school to ensure your contact information is up to date.

Free Developmental, Vision & Hearing Screenings for preschoolers

Free 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

Central Peninsula Area

For: Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to 5 years old (not yet in kindergarten)
When: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Where: Frontier Community Services
43335 K-Beach Rd, Suite 36 (Copper Center)
Soldotna, AK
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (By appointment only)
Call: 907.714.6660 to schedule an appointment or for more information

To make an appointment or for more information call the KPBSD Child Find office at 907.260.5148 or email ChildFind@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, October 3, 2022 – Quarterly work session Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, October 3, 2022 – Quarterly work session Tuesday, October 4, 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 – October 3, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Special Meeting – Student Eligibility Reinstatement (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
11:00 a.m.

Special Meeting – District 5 Sterling / Funny River Candidate Interviews (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
1:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
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 – October 4, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Board Policy Review Committee (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
9:00 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
10:30 a.m. Board Discussion
11:00 a.m. 2023 State and Federal Legislative Priorities
1:00 p.m. Health Care Update

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 Charter School Oversight Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Board of Education Charter School Oversight Committee Meeting – Tuesday, September 27, 2022


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held at 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 – September 27, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Charter School Oversight Committee Meeting (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
8:30 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, September 12, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, September 12, 2022


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held at Homer High School, 600 E Fairview Avenue, Homer, AK in the Mariner Theater. The public is welcome to attend.

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 – September 12, 2022

Homer High School Mariner Theater

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

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:30 p.m. AASB 2022-2023 Resolutions and 2023 Legislative Priorities
3:30 p.m. CTE/Middle College Overview
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, August 1, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, August 1, 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 – August 1, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

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

Special Meeting – Student Eligibility Reinstatement (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
1:00 p.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:30 p.m. SIT/RISE Presentation
3:00 p.m. Federal Programs Presentation
3:30 p.m. Governance Handbook Review
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

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, assistant principals, and district office coordinators and directors who will begin these new assignments in the 2022-2023 school year!

KPBSD Administrators 2022-2023

  • Chapman School, Eric Hart, Principal
  • Connections Homeschool Program, Douglas Hayman, Principal
  • Fireweed Academy, Kyle Darbonne, Principal
  • Kenai Alternative High School, Kyle McFall, Principal and Teacher
  • Ninilchik School & Nikolaevsk School, Matthew LaHue, Regional Principal
  • Paul Banks Elementary School, Sean Campbell, Principal
  • Port Graham School, Jimmy Hayes, Principal and Teacher
  • River City Academy, Shea Nash, Principal and Teacher
  • Seward Middle School & Moose Pass School, Matthew Potter, Principal and Teacher
  • Skyview Middle School, John Galahan, Assistant Principal and Behavioral Interventionist Teacher
  • Skyview Middle School, Shonia Werner, Principal
  • Soldotna High School, Tracy Smith, Assistant Principal and Behavioral Interventionist Teacher
  • Tustumena Elementary School, Devin Way, Principal

District Office

  • Human Resources and Title IX, Jeffrey Ambrosier, Coordinator
  • Secondary Education, College and Career Readiness, Anna Karron, Coordinator
  • Secondary Education, Virtual Learning and Professional Development, Amanda Adams, Coordinator
  • Student Support Services, Josh Brantley, Coordinator
  • Student Support Services, Amy Hagen, Coordinator
  • Director Student Support Services, Theresa Manning, Director

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, July 11, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, July 11, 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 – July 11, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Special Meeting – Pay Schedules (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)
9:00 a.m.

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
10:00 a.m. Board Policy Review
10:30 a.m. Finance Update
10:45 a.m. Strategic Plan Introduction
1:00 p.m. Complete 2022-2023 Board Goals
2:00 p.m. Administrative Update
2:30 p.m. Staffing Formulas
3:30 p.m. Substitute and Temporary Wages
4:00 p.m. School Safety
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

Free or reduced meals – streamlined application is now available

Free or reduced meals – streamlined application is now available

Soldotna, June 30, 2022—The USDA discontinued universal free meals for students, and parents and guardians are encouraged to complete their online meal application so children will have access to meal benefits based on their determination the first day of the school year. On July 1, 2022, the streamlined online application for Free and Reduced Meals to determine benefits and qualify communities for federal funds is live. KPBSD Free and Reduced Meal application: http://mealapp.kpbsd.org


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 2022-2023 Meal Prices:

Breakfast: Students approved for Free and Reduced meals: $.00; Grades K-12: $2.50

Lunch: Students approved for reduced meals: $.40; Grades K-6: $3.50; Grades 7-12: $4.00

The Community Eligible Program (CEP) qualifies every student in the school to receive free meals. KPBSD CEP schools are Nanwalek School, Nikolaevsk School, and Tebughna School.

Key changes to student meals in the 2022-2023 school year beginning in August:

  • Discontinuation of Universal Free Meals: USDA is ending the universal free meals for the 2022-2023 school year.  For the 2022-2023 school year, families can apply for free or reduced-price meals starting July 1. 
  • Online Application: Parents or guardians must reapply each year for free or reduced meal benefits This year, all applications will be accepted online through the new state portal at http://mealapp.kpbsd.org. If someone does not have access to the internet, each school will have a few paper applications in the school office.
  • Meal benefits from the 2021-2022 school year will carry over until September 28, 2022, but a new application must be received by KPBSD Student Nutrition Services by then, or the student will revert to a paid meal status.
  • Opt-In form required to charge meals up to two days of meals: Students will not be permitted to charge any meals this year until parents or guardians have signed an Opt-In form for their child. The Opt-In is included in the online packet, and SNS needs a form completed for each student that a parent gives permission to charge. When completed, students will be allowed to charge up to two days of meals, and no further charges will be allowed until the amount is paid back.
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In 1965, federal funds were established through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to education. KPBSD has developed programs to support struggling learners all around the district, and various forms are included in school registration packets each year to help identify qualifying students and families. Completion of the Free and Reduced Meal application–even by families who do not want to use free or reduced price meals–is important to the continuation of these federally funded programs. Federal funding is based on qualified applications.

Links

KPBSD Student Nutrition Services webpage

KPBSD Free and Reduced Meal application: http://mealapp.kpbsd.org

KPBSD secure webstore to add food service funds for meals, or use the link on the KPBSD mobile app

450 Kids Clean Up the Kenai River!

450 Kids Clean Up the Kenai River!

The Kids Kenai River Spring Cleanup was another huge success! Nearing the end of the school year, on a sunny day, followed by yet another chilly day with snow, approximately 450 students removed 1,318 pounds of trash from the banks of the Kenai River.

In 2022, seven locations were cleaned on May 12th and 13th from Bing’s Landing and Izaak Walton Campground in Sterling, to Soldotna Creek Park, the Soldotna Visitor Center bridge area, Centennial and Swiftwater Park and Campgrounds in Soldotna, and the KPB River Center on Funny River Road.

Redoubt Elementary removed the most litter — a whopping 380 pounds! As the litter pick-up winners, they celebrated with a pizza party. All participants received root beer float supplies.

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Over the past eight Spring Cleanup Events, the kids have removed over 18,000 pounds of trash from the Kenai! The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is pleased to collaborate with Cindy and Mark Glassmaker to coordinate this annual event. Shannon Martin, KRSA Executive Director said, “It takes a willing community to host such large-scale events and we are seeking additional volunteers to join the Cleanup Committee. Please let me know if you would like to join our efforts in 2023.”

Thank you to:

Organizers: KRSA, Cindy and Mark Glassmaker
Volunteers: KRSA Staff, the Glassmakers, and Professional Fishing Guides from Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker, City of Soldotna Parks and Recreation Staff
Donation: Fred Meyers Soldotna, Kenai River Professional Guide Association (KRPGA), Janet Warner Avery Family

Special thanks to City of Soldotna and DNR for allowing early access to the river locations. Thank you to SAFE Kids and Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH) for providing life jackets. Most importantly thank you to the students, teachers, and chaperones for their efforts!

Kenai River Spring Cleanup on Facebook

Story contributed by Shannon Martin, KRSA

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, June 6, 2022 – Quarterly work session Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, June 6, 2022 – Quarterly work session Tuesday, June 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 – June 6, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers
1:00 p.m. Board Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
2:30 p.m. Special Meeting-Negotiations (Public Listening and Participation will be as noted on the Agenda in BoardDocs)

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
3:00 p.m. Board Policy Review
3:30 p.m. Finance Update
4:00 p.m. Strategic Plan 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 7, 2022

The Donald E. Gilman River Center
514 Funny River Road
Soldotna, AK 99669
Planning Session
9:30 a.m. Review of Staffing Formula
1:00 p.m. Review of Board Self Evaluation
1:30 p.m. Review of 2021-2022 Board Goals & 2022-2023 Board Goals

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Lisa Gabriel at lgabriel@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

Celebrate K-Beach Elementary School teacher Heather Baker … one of four educators in Alaska who may become the 2023 Alaska Teacher of the Year!

Celebrate K-Beach Elementary School teacher Heather Baker … one of four educators in Alaska who may become the 2023 Alaska Teacher of the Year!

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development announced four teachers as finalists for the 2023 Teacher of the Year, including our very own Heather Baker who teaches a multiage 4th and 5th grade class at K-Beach Elementary School!

“It is truly an honor and a humbling experience to be a finalist for Alaska Teacher of the Year,” said Heather Baker. “To be nominated for the award means that I was successful in impacting a child’s learning journey in a profound enough way that someone took time to note it. That brings me true joy because that is why I am here every day. I want to positively impact the lives of the children who walk through my doors. I want them to see themselves as more than any label they feel attached to. I want them to see their successes and growth, to love this learning journey they are on and know that I am here to support and love them along the way. I am incredibly proud of the students in my room. This award highlights our learning journey together. It was their work that was highlighted in videos and samples that truly shined.”

Heather Baker is an outstanding teacher who is known for her student-centered and personalized approach to teaching students,” said Superintendent Clayton Holland. “Not only does Mrs. Baker have a positive impact with the students she works directly with, she has a huge impact as a teacher leader who works to expand effective educational practices as member of the district Champs Community of Practices. Champs contribute to innovative practices across our entire district with reflection on success, and provides a support system for staff who are problem solving and innovating their instructional practices. Mrs. Baker is known for the support she provides and her strong work with student goal setting, data driven practices, and flexible student choice.”

K-Beach Elementary principal Janae Van Slyke said, “Heather Baker is an outstanding educator who designs her lessons and units using a student-centered approach. She creates an immersive learning environment focused on inquiry through interactive lessons. Mrs. Baker utilizes performance-based assessments and project-based learning rubrics to enhance student learning. She works collaboratively with her students to determine project design criteria and assessment, and she personalizes her instruction to meet the needs and interests of individual students. Mrs. Baker is an exceptional teacher and this honor is well deserved!”

In her words…

Tip: Fail Forward!

“My advice for a current student; fail forward. EVERYONE makes mistakes. Learn from each wrong answer or attempt because that is what true growth looks like. Be willing to take chances and try new things. In doing so you will grow. And know that if it is truly easy, then you already know it. True learning is hard because it is new and it stretches you. Do not be afraid of that process. Know that everyone goes through it.”

Math teacher who made a difference

“There is one experience and teacher who stands out in my own learning journey. Mr. Barrington was one of my high school math teachers. He noticed that my off task disruptive nature was actually boredom. He took time to give me multiple different placement tests and walked me through some different math theories to place me in the class I truly needed to be in rather than the one my grade level dictated. In skipping several math classes, I was able to find a place where I was truly challenged and break the label I had been given of disruptive student. That experience shapes how I approach different learners within my own room.”

Delight

“I love having conversations with students and hearing them articulate their learning. Much of my classroom structure is small group or one on one meetings. Listening to students advocate for their learning and be active participants in designing their journey is the highlight of each day. Each pathway is unique to the individual, and I love that.”

Mom of seven, and a family that reads!

“I am a mom of seven, so my fun comes from watching each of them explore and enjoy the world. They are all incredibly different and unique people from the high schooler to the infant, so that is a very varied adventure. Something we all love doing though and often do together is read. We read to each other, listen to books at night or on drives, and talk about the books we’ve read. That is probably my greatest joy.”

Gratitude

“I am incredibly grateful for Amanda Adams and the CHAMPS Leadership Team. Amanda saw things in me and my classroom before I did. She encouraged me to step out of my classroom and become a teacher leader in the district. She encouraged me to take a role on the CHAMPS Leadership Team and that amazing group of educators has supported me in and out of the classroom. They have mentored and encouraged me while I step up to help mentor and encourage other educators.”

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson said, “Alaska’s Teacher of the Year finalists have been recognized by their peers as deserving of special recognition. We join them in celebrating the dedication of these four educators and also as an opportunity to thank all Alaskan teachers for their hard work.”

The Alaska Teacher of the Year and an alternate will be announced at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. The selected teacher will serve as Alaska’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year and will be able to participate in programs and activities with other State Teachers of the Year coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

A teacher at K-Beach Elementary School in Soldotna since 2019, Mrs. Baker has also taught at Nikiski North Star Elementary, and worked as a Migrant Ed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teacher and tutor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts (MA) in Education with Elementary focus from the University of Southern California.

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Retirements: thank you for 10+ years with KPBSD

Retirements: thank you for 10+ years with KPBSD

“As graduation ceremonies take place across the school district, I’m reflecting about how a gradation is not just a celebration for students and their families, but also a celebration of the tremendous amount of work that our staff contribute as district employees. Our students first come to us with various life situations and backgrounds, and from there, we strive to bring them forward to graduation.

Our staff model appropriate behavior, kindness, patience, structure, academic rigor, and encourage student reflection and critical thinking. This all leads to a foundation of success for them as they leave our schools. Our students are ready for the challenges of life beyond their K-12 education because of our staff. So I especially thank every KPBSD employee for all they do and have done for our students, their families, and our communities.

For everyone who will retire or resign this year, I wish you all the best and thank you for your years of service to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Our schools, students, and communities are better for all that you have contributed to them. Enjoy your new adventures!”

– Superintendent Clayton Holland

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District appreciates the commitment and service these retiring employees contributed, each with ten or more years in the school district. Each of you has made a difference. THANK YOU!

  • Acela Carr, 33 years, Custodian I at Homer Middle School
  • Connie Todd, 33 years, Head Custodian II at Redoubt Elementary School
  • Connie Best, 30.5 years, Special Education Resource Aide at Soldotna High School
  • John Mills, 30 years, Intermediate Grade Teacher at Tustumena Elementary School
  • Gretchen Bagley, 29 years, Physical Education Teacher at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Sylvia Ingram, 29 years, Pool Manager at Seward High School
  • Lisa Atchley, 28 years, Primary Multi-Grade Teacher at Kaleidoscope Charter School
  • Lisa Gabriel, 28 years, Administrative Secretary to the Superintendent and Board of Education at District Office
  • Diane Buchanan, 27 years, Student Nutrition Services Supervisor at Student Nutrition Services
  • Rich Bartolowits, 25.5 years, Principal at Connections Homeschool
  • Christopher Perk, 25 years, Health Teacher and Athletic Director at Homer High School
  • William Vedders, 25 years, 3rd Grade Teacher at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Bob Ermold, 25 years, Student Support Services Coordinator at District Office
  • Jackie Kempf, 25 years, Speech Language Pathologist at Soldotna Elementary School & Soldotna Montessori Charter School
  • Heidi Vann, 25 years, Special Education Resource Teacher at Kenai Middle School
  • Anita LeDoux, 25 years, School Secretary III at Aurora Borealis Charter School
  • Elaine Chalup, 24 years, Intermediate Multi-Grade Teacher at Voznesenka School
  • James Carlson, 23.5 years, Career Technical Education Teacher at Soldotna High School & Kenai Central High School
  • Dawn Edwards-Smith, 23 years, Principal and Teacher at River City Academy
  • Thomas DeGray, 23 years, Generalist Teacher at River City Academy
  • Katherine Serge-Hoeschen, 22 years, Language Arts Teacher of Voznesenka School
  • Sherry Gladden, 21.5 years, Special Education Intensive Needs Aide at Redoubt Elementary School
  • Krista Etzwiler, 21 years, 3rd Grade Teacher at West Homer Elementary School
  • Saundra Choate-Hudson, 21 years, Health Teacher at Homer High School
  • Julie Nichols, 21 years, Administrative Secretary II at Connections Homeschool
  • Elizabeth McDermid, 21 years, Special Education Resource Aide at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Tracy Foister, 21 years, Special Education Intensive Needs Aide at Soldotna High School
  • Cecilia Deatherage, 20 years, Speech Language Pathologist at Seward Elementary School
  • Kien Wilkinson, 20 years, Head Custodian II at West Homer Elementary School
  • Mira Banic, 20 years, Food Service Manager I-S at Seward Middle School
  • Wendi Dutcher, 18 years, Generalist Teacher and Advisor at Connections Homeschool
  • Sheryl Oliver, 18 years, Food Service Cashier at Kaleidoscope School
  • Nadejda Teutov, 18 years, Custodian I at Voznesenka School
  • Michael Sellers, 17 years, Principal and Teacher at Nikolaevsk School
  • Loren Reese, 17 years, Principal and Teacher at Kenai Alternative High School
  • Lisa McDonal, 17 years, Special Education Resource Teacher at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Ricky Bush, 17 years, Head Custodian II at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Cheryl Romatz, 16.5 years, 3rd Grade Teacher at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Matt Widaman, 16 years, Career Technical Education Teacher at Secondary Education
  • David Justice, 16 years, Special Education Resource Teacher at Soldotna High School
  • Kimberly Christianson, 16 years, Food Service Manager I-S at Redoubt Elementary School
  • Charlotte Jackson, 16 years, Special Education Intensive Needs Aide at K-Beach Elementary School
  • Jill DuFloth, 15 years, Interim Principal at Skyview Middle School
  • Lisa Fellow, 15 years, School Counselor at Homer Middle School & Homer High School
  • Jennifer Waltenbaugh, 15 years, 2nd Grade Teacher at Paul Banks Elementary School
  • Adam Anders, 14 years, Physical Education & Health Teacher at Nikiski Middle-High School
  • Jan Darch, 14 years, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher at Kaleidoscope Charter School
  • Stephanie Jones, 14 years, School Secretary II at Nikolaevsk School
  • Anita Hakkinen, 13 years, Title I Interventionist at Redoubt Elementary School
  • Mark Wackler, 13 years, Generalist Teacher & Advisor at Connections Homeschool
  • Shanna Johnson, 13 years, Read 180 Teacher at Skyview Middle School
  • Yolanda Ifflander, 13 years, School Nurse (Itinerant) at Seward Area Schools
  • Jane Dunn, 12.5 years, Homeless Liaison at Homer Area School
  • Stanley Vogel, 12 years, Special Education Resource Aide at Central Peninsula Schools
  • Adam Dang, 11.5 years, Head Custodian I at Tustumena Elementary School
  • William Turley, 11.5 years, Head Custodian II at Seward High School
  • Pegge Erkeneff, 11 years, Director Communications, Community & Government Relations at District Office
  • Albert Plan, 11 years, Physical Education, Health Teacher and Athletic Director at Seward High School
  • Anne McCabe, 11 years, Student Success Liaison at Soldotna High School
  • Cristina Kilcher, 10.5 years, School Nurse at Nikolaevsk School
  • Nicole Stover, 10 years, Special Education Resource Teacher at Seward High School
  • Natali Jones, 10 years, Itinerant School Counselor at Nikolaevsk School

KPBSD Principal Denise Kelly is 2022 Alaska AAESP National Distinguished Principal of the Year

KPBSD Principal Denise Kelly is 2022 Alaska AAESP National Distinguished Principal of the Year

Soldotna, May 2, 2022—Presented with the award at a surprise assembly on May 2, 2022, with her family, school community, AAESP board members, and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District leaders in attendance, Principal Kelly entered the full gym for the surprise announcement and celebration. She was nominated and selected by her fellow principals for this distinguished recognition through a statewide search process conducted by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals.

“Sterling Elementary is a special place,” said KPSBD Superintendent Clayton Holland during the surprise award assembly. “When you walk into the building, you can feel the positive school culture and climate that exists in Sterling Elementary. You can tell that Sterling Elementary School is a place that staff and students want to be and that parents want to be a part of. Ms. Kelly has worked alongside her staff and school community to create this feeling. She will do anything and everything for her students and staff. … Ms. Kelly will represent the entire state of Alaska very well as their Nationally Distinguished Principal. We are all very proud of her and Sterling Elementary School.”

Principal Kelly said a favorite aspect to her work each day is to welcome students every morning when they arrive to school. “They are always so excited to see us, have stories to tell about their night, morning or weekend, and I get to be the first person at the school to call them by name and welcome them back to learning.” An important concern at Sterling Elementary is to “become as close to a zero waste school as we can.” She explains, “We recycle paper, cardboard, plastics and aluminum. We separate our food waste in our lunchroom so that less waste goes to the landfill. I believe that it is important to teach our students about preserving our community and ensuring that we leave it better than we have found it. We try to do our small part in preserving the world.”

Principal Kelly said, “This award makes me think of all of the hard work and dedication that all of our staff put into our school, students, and families every day. It makes me think of all of the times that we have been short staffed, particularly over the last three years and how there is always someone, or many someones who step up to fill voids. It is this community of learners and educators that have given me the ability to become who I am as an administrator. I am honored and humbled by this award. We never do what we do in education for recognition, but when one of us is recognized for our work, all of us are recognized! The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has world class educators at all of our schools!”

In 1998 Mrs. Kelly graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a dual major in elementary education and special education. She earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, and later received a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She began her administrative career as an interim principal at Kilohana Elementary School in Kaunakakai, Hawaii, in 2009, she worked in Coeur d’Alene School District #271 in Idaho, and Tempe Elementary School District #3. After moving to Alaska in 2011, she started her career in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District as a districtwide Special Education program coordinator, then became the Sterling Elementary in 2014. She is currently in her eighth year as the principal at Sterling Elementary.

“This year alone, Ms. Kelly has stepped in to be the Intensive Needs Special Teacher, worked with all the support staff, and run meetings to meet the needs of all students,” said Superintendent Holland during the assembly. “She fills in everywhere needed. She has been seen early in the morning at school moving snow, or bringing her family in to clean the building when the custodian was out. Mrs. Kelly never complains about all that she has had to do, but rather jumps in and models for all of us to do what it takes to keep the school running and meet the needs of the entire school community. She does all of this while maintaining a focus on academics, meeting the social emotional development needs of her students, and providing support to her staff. In regard to her staff, one of her biggest accomplishments is working to surround herself with great staff!”

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Principal Kelly believes in balancing leadership and management to make sure her students are surrounded by effective and caring people. She believes that the crux of leadership is motivating people and that leadership is shared amongst her school, and the larger, community. Assistant Superintendent Kari Dendurent said, “An important area is Denise’s character and community commitment through her dedication to the Social Emotional Learning for her students and staff demonstrated by earning her certification in Restorative Practices. This practice brings individuals to a cooperative and productive state through empowerment.”

Mrs. Kelly was a finalist for the Kindness Experience Award from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in 2019 and received a Human Dignity Award from the Victory Over Violence Organization in 2010. She said, “I take pride in everything that I do. And everything that I do, I do for our students. There is not a student that I have had pass through Sterling Elementary that hasn’t stolen my heart. I love this community, and I cherish my position at our school.” Mrs. Kelly has volunteered at the Sterling Senior Center and Community Center.

Principal Kelly said, “I would like to thank so many people. I wish that my mom were alive to see how she has inspired me to think about kindness and compassion first. I would like to thank my family for always being supportive of the work that I do for Sterling Elementary–the time that I am away from home and the times that they have come to help at the school. I would like to thank our staff and students who are the heart of our school and the Sterling community. I would like to thank the families of Sterling for trusting me with their children every day. So many people to thank!”

Commissioner Michael Johnson reached out to say, “Congratulations Principal Kelly and thank you for being an example of citizenship for your students.” He added that Principal Kelly is, “not just a school leader, she also serves her community.”

Principal Kelly will travel to Washington D.C. in October 2022 for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary administrators selected by their respective states.

AAESP believes that Denise Kelly is well deserving of the National Distinguished Principals’ Award. We are proud to acknowledge her leadership and commitment to Alaska’s children representing Alaska’s elementary principals.

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Teaching is a work of HEART!

Teaching is a work of HEART!

“This week is National Teacher Appreciation week! I want to thank all of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to our students, their families, and our communities. The work you have done, and continue to do, is incredible and has made a huge impact on the future of our students. Because of your work, our district stands out as an example in the state of Alaska for all that can be good and positive in education. At a time when people tend to look and rally around the negative, our district and schools are able to continually show our communities and state the significant positive impact our teachers have in the lives of our students. I’m honored to work with our teachers as together we ensure our schools meet the needs of all of our student population in KPBSD. Thank you!”

– Superintendent Clayton Holland

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6, 2022, and Teacher Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

A Proclamation on National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, 2022

Caring for the Kenai 2022

Caring for the Kenai 2022

“What can I do, invent or create to better care for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula or improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?”

In the 32nd year, on April 21, 2022, students, judges, and the community gathered in person for the first time in three years for the live Caring for the Kenai Top 12 event. Overall participation was lower again this year following the pandemic trend. However, the final 12 ideas were innovative and some were entirely new to the competition!

Superintendent Clayton Holland, a judge for the live competition said, “The Caring for the Kenai highlights all that is good with the Peninsula. The outstanding staff working with our students, the support and engagement of parents, and the hard work, vision, and critical thinking of the students themselves. This competition shows what happens when students are given the space to be creative, when they work hard, research, and apply their skills to a project that has meaning and impact to all of us here on the Kenai Peninsula. I congratulate every student who took part in this event and I thank all the educators who have worked to prepare them. Well done!”

Abigail Youngberg of Cook Inlet Academy took top honors and a $1,600 cash award in the 32nd annual Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness competition for her “Smart Stocker” idea. “The Smart Stocker would prepare everyone for a natural disaster before it happens by getting them emergency food and supplies so they can be prepared,” said the CIA sophomore, She has reached out to Kroger and other major grocery chains to see if they are willing to help her further develop her app.

A sophomore from Nikiski Middle High School earned second place and $1,100 dollars with her B.E.E Bold curriculum for elementary school students, “My curriculum is taught by high school students using near peer teaching to educate elementary school children about the environment across the Peninsula,” explained Jessica Perry. “I see my curriculum as a bridge for younger kids to prepare for the CFK competition,” she said.

Lauren Lamb of CIA created “Karen for the Kenai” and took 3rd place and the $900 cash award for her digital picture book series about the environment, “I got the idea from a joke my dad said at the dinner table one night and now I’ll be looking for a publisher,” said Lamb in an interview.

Mylan Johnson, a junior at Homer High plans on using recycled French fry oil to power cars, “I was inspired by a friend who powers his boat with vegetable oil. I started researching the idea and found out it had been forgotten and I plan to bring it back to life. I see myself collecting oil and one day converting my diesel truck to run on veggie oil,” said Johnson who earned 4th place and $750 cash.

Kim Leslie, a KPBSD Distance Education teacher from Seward drove to Kenai to the live competition to encourage and support Madison McDonald whose idea took 5th place. She said, “‘I’m interested in CFK but I don’t have any ideas.’ That is usually the first response I get after pitching Caring for the Kenai to my students. ‘Yet,’ I say. ‘You don’t have any ideas yet.’ And then we talk… about where we live, about what they care about, worry about, wonder about. And then the ideas emerge. And that’s the beautiful thing about CFK: they only need an idea. There is no expectation that their idea will truly take off the first year and become a tangible product or effort or event. That might come later with iterations but the first year is just about the idea. As a teacher, this means I simply need to create the space, the time and the support to nourish those ideas—which is pretty easy! The kids are the ones doing the heavy lifting, the real thinking, the research, the interviews, the building, the designing. So CFK is the perfect storm of what science education should be. A student-driven process of inquiry that leads to an authentic, relevant, community-enriching outcome. Yee ha!”

Madison McDonald a KPBSD Connections Homeschool student is creating a free earthquake safety app for kids who find themselves in a real natural disaster situation and want to know what to do next. Her idea won her 5th place honors and a check for $650. In 6th Place winning the $550 dollar cash award with his idea for the microbial use of oil spill cleanup was another Mariner from Homer High, Lucas Nollar.

In addition to the $8,000 in cash awards for the finalists, this year $20,000 will be awarded to the school’s classrooms of the finalists thanks to the CFK signature sponsor Marathon Petroleum Corporation and the community partners Kenai River Raven Lodge, Peninsula Community Health Services, Sweeney’s Clothing, Eyewear Express, Hilcorp, ConocoPhillips, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, and KSRM radio group.

High schools using CFK as part of state standards curriculum this year were: Soldotna High School, Cook Inlet Academy, Homer High School, Kenai Central High School, and Nikiski Middle High School. Students can enter every year of their high school career, whether the contest is assigned in class or not. Each school receives $750 for their participation and the remainder of the $20,000 is allocated according to how the school’s students ranked in the CFK competition. Other finalists that earned $400 each for making it to the final 12 out all the entries submitted were:

  • Laurel Matson & Rebekah Dillingham-CIA for their new CFK jingle.
  • Regan Baker – Homer High – for his Electricity re-invention
  • Caleb Wohlers – Soldotna High – with a Free Play idea
  • Micah Scott – CIA- Polluted Minds
  • Conner West – CIA- RTEC using recycled tires for erosion control
  • Hazel Pearson – Homer High- Decreasing Alaska’s clothing waste

“CFK is an opportunity for Peninsula students to have a real-world experience. The creativity and resiliency of our community and our youth during these trying times brings hope for the future,” said Merrill Sikorski CFK creator. Due to student scheduling conflicts the joint chamber presentation scheduled for April 28, 2022, will now be held May 11, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Center along with the Soldotna Chamber scholarship awards and is open to the public.

This year’s panel of judges included KPB Assembly president Brent Johnson, Bruce Jackman (Marathon Petroleum Corporation), Clayton Holland, KPBSD Superintendent, Tim Dillon, KPEDD executive director, Ben Wright, PCHS, executive director, Shannon Martin, KRSA executive director and Emily Moss (2021 CFK 1st Place Winner).

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, May 2, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, May 2, 2022


The following school board meetings and work sessions will be held in the Seward High School Theater at 2100 Swetmann 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

Meeting Schedule – May 2, 2022

Seward High School Theater

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
2:00 p.m. District Library Presentation
2:30 p.m. Remote / Distance Education Presentation
3:00 p.m. Six Year Plan
3:30 p.m. Finance
4:00 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 Lisa Gabriel at LGabriel@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 Policy Committee – May 9, 2022

Denali Conference Room
148 N. Binkley Street
Soldotna, AK 99669

9:00 a.m.

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

Zoom ID: 708 024 188

Coffee and Kindergarten Art!

Coffee and Kindergarten Art!

During the month of April over 100 pieces of art made by AnnMarie Rudstrom’s Kindergarten students from Soldotna Elementary are on display at Kaladi Brother’s Coffee on Kobuk Ave. in Soldotna, Alaska.

Throughout the school year, Mrs. Rudstrom selected art projects that allowed students to explore various mediums to gain an understanding of the many unique ways art can be created. Most often the projects were connected to units they were studying or seasons of the year. Mrs. Rudstrom believes all children are artists and with the right opportunities and guidance they can create beautiful and meaningful art. Students learned about art concepts such as primary and secondary colors, abstract versus realistic art, titling art to capture the main idea, and how line and color help to create a mood.

On Friday, April 8, 2022, these students took a field trip to the coffee shop to enjoy steamers and to admire their work on display. Students were clearly proud to show off their work to family members and chaperones. This class has received many compliments and encouragement for their beautiful pieces. Be sure to stop by and see it for yourself!

PS: Treat yourself and watch the Soldotna Elementary Kindergarten new registration video for 2022-2023

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Vaughn Dosko Region 3 Principal of the Year

Vaughn Dosko Region 3 Principal of the Year

Principal Vaughn Dosko, Kenai Middle School, is awarded the 2022 Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP)

“The positive culture and traditions at Kenai Middle School are a direct result of the good work of Mr. Vaughn Dosko,” said Superintendent Clayton Holland. “Mr. Dosko has strived to build positive relations with his staff, families, the community of Kenai, and most importantly with his students. This work has resulted in having a building that produces positive student outcomes and the inclusion of all students. Congratulations to Mr. Dosko for this well-deserved recognition!”

For the past 11 years, Mr. Dosko has been the leader of Kenai Middle School, and he is completing his 16th year in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. After learning about this award, Principal Dosko said, “Jubilation in evoked in me because this is not a one person award this is an award for the staff, students, community and district. I thank the staff at KMS, the district office staff, students, and the community of Kenai. My wife and kids need a huge shout out as well because I am not there as much as I would like because KMS eats up a lot of time.”

Assistant Superintendent Kari Dendurent shared that Principal Dosko puts students first. “When one walks into Kenai Middle School it is evident KMS is student friendly and has a welcoming and safe aura. This is seen immediately at the entrance with student work, the many student engagement activities, through observation in student-to-student interactions as well as the multitude of events throughout the school year.”

Mr. Dosko attended high school in Craik, Saskatchewan, Canada, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Special Education at Minot State University, in Minot, North Dakota, and a Master of Education from the University of Idaho.

A favorite aspect to his work each day is bus duty! Mr. Dosko says, “I love doing bus duty. There is nothing better than to see and greet all the kids as they get off the bus or dropped off by mom, dad, or a sibling.” He shares that, “While in high school I volunteered in the special education room working with students who needed extra help” and this inspired his career path. Advice from Principal Dosko to younger people is, “Keep a journal of your journey!”

Helping others become their best is an important quality in Principal Dosko. He said, “For the past three years, I have worked with the State of Alaska principal mentorship program. I enjoy giving back to the profession to help new to the state and new administrators be successful. If I had not had people step up and help me, I would not be where I am today.”

The KPBSD joins Kenai Middle School to celebrate Principal Vaughn Dosko. You can visit the school Facebook page or website to learn more about the great things happening in this school.

Links

About AASSP

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.

Each AASSP 2022 Regional Principal of The Year will be awarded and recognized at the 56th Annual Alaska Principals’ Conference, scheduled to be held in Anchorage October 14-15, 2022.

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 11, 2022 – Quarterly worksession Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Board of Education Monthly Meeting Monday, April 11, 2022 – Quarterly worksession Tuesday, April 12, 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 – April 11, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers
10:00 a.m. Policy Review Committee Meeting (Public Listening)
11:00 a.m. Information Committee Meeting (Public Listening)

Work Sessions (Public Listening)
1:00 p.m. KPSAA Handbook Changes
1:30 p.m. Alaska STAR Assessment
2:00 p.m. Curriculum Update
2:30 p.m. Bond Resolution
3:00 p.m. Finance
3:30 p.m. Board Policy Review
4:00 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 – April 12, 2022

Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers
Quarterly Work Session
9:00 a.m. Strategic Plan
11:00 a.m. Board Training

If you would like to pre-register to testify telephonically (optional) or if you have any technical difficulties or questions, contact Lisa Gabriel at lgabriel@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

New Principal Candidate Interviews

New Principal Candidate Interviews

Hiring a School Principal Public Involvement Opportunities

Everyone is invited to watch the principal candidate interviews live via Zoom, and then provide written feedback through a new survey link provided during the live interview. Thank you for your participation in the selection and hiring of KPBSD principals.

Check back to this page for updates, or additional schools that are hiring a new administrator.

Format
ON the hour, Zoom audience members join interview process. The Zoom doors will close when each candidate interview begins, so make sure to join the call at the top of the hour, and no later than 10 minutes later.
:10: Introduction of Candidate followed by 45 minute Candidate interview.

Example:
4:00 – 4:10 Zoom audience members join call when doors open
4:10 – 4:15 Candidate arrives and is introduced. Doors close
4:15 – 5:00 Interview with Candidate

Public Comment
Everyone present at the interview may submit written candidate feedback. Details will be provided during the Zoom call.

Principal Interviews

Upcoming Community Meetings

The purpose of a community meeting with district office leadership, and the survey, is to learn about the attributes that students, parents, staff, and community members seek in their next school principal.

Questions?

Kendra Denney, KPBSD Personnel Specialist, is waiting and ready to assist! Call her at 907.714.8845 or email teach@kpbsd.org

Past Candidate Interviews

Fireweed Academy

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Six principal candidate interviews for the new Fireweed Academy principal will be on Zoom, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, beginning at 3:00PM. Everyone who participates will receive a survey link to provide audience input.

Doors to audience open for ten minutes at: 3:00; 4:00; 5:00; 6:00; 7:00; and 8:00PM

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 871 6420 8774
Passcode: 617118

Port Graham

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Principal candidate interview for the new Port Graham School principal will be on Zoom, Monday, April 18, 2022, beginning at 4:30 PM. Everyone who participates will receive a survey link to provide audience input.

Interviews at 4:30PM

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 853 8879 4279
Passcode: 159213

Tustumena Elementary

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Three principal candidate interviews for the new Tustumena Elementary principal will be on Zoom, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, beginning at 4:00 PM. Everyone who participates will receive a survey link to provide audience input.

Interviews at 4:00; 5:00; 6:00PM

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 881 2586 7172
Passcode: 711175

Nikolaevsk and Ninilchik (Regional Principal)

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Three principal candidate interviews for the Nikolaevsk School and Ninilchik School regional principal will be on Zoom, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, beginning at 4:00 PM. Everyone who participates will receive a survey link to provide audience input.

Interviews at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00PM

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 867 2554 3002
Passcode: 135826

Kenai Alternative High School

Monday, February 21, 2022, with interviews at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00PM
Join Kenai Alt Zoom with Meeting ID: 827 7828 2618 and Passcode: 386636

Chapman School

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, with interviews at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00PM
Join Chapman Zoom with Meeting ID: 837 8284 6684 and Passcode: 206955

Skyview Middle School

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, with interviews at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00PM
Join Skyview Middle Zoom with Meeting ID: 826 7282 9909 and Passcode: 805634

Paul Banks Elementary School

Monday, February 28, 2022, with interviews at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00PM
Join Paul Banks Elementary Zoom with Meeting ID: 886 3101 0843 and Passcode: 506601

Connections Homeschool

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, with interviews at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30AM
Join Connections Zoom with Meeting ID: 837 2706 7059 and Passcode: 278600

River City Academy School

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, with interviews at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00PM
Join River City Academy Zoom with Meeting ID: 813 7152 1012 and Passcode: 725577

Visit school websites and social media for additional information.