Pegge Erkeneff
Director of Communications, Community, and Government Relations

Pegge Erkeneff

Media and Public Relationships

KPBSD assists news media and the public with official information, story ideas, and access to school sites. 

Forty-three schools encompass 25,600 miles, serving nearly 9,000 K-12 students. KPBSD is committed to excellence, collaboration, and effective instruction. Stories worthy of sharing occur daily.

Please review our guidelines for covering news stories on school sites, reaching us at any time, and requesting permission for photo opportunities. 

News Releases

November 8, 2021: Kenai Central High Assistant Principal named Alaska 2022 Region III AP of the Year

October 4, 2021: KPBSD Districtwide FY23 Community Budget Meetings

September 29, 2021: Soldotna Montessori Charter School achieves 2021 National Blue Ribbon School recognition

June 10, 2021: Alumni survey is open--how did KPBSD do?

May 13, 2021: KPBSD Inspiration: Nurse Yolanda Ifflander

May 13, 2021: Celebrate Ms. Kim Leslie, Alaska Teacher of the Year Finalist

April 5, 2021: KPBSD is making a list and checking it twice: August enrollment intent survey now open

March 5, 2021: Community Budget Forums: planning for the 2021-2022 school year

March 5, 2021: ASTE names Linnaea Gossard 2021 Student of the Year

January 28, 2021: KPBSD opens every day onsite-at-school option to all grades

January 27, 2021: Mr. Clayton Holland to serve as next KPBSD superintendent

January 22, 2021: Who will become the next KPBSD Superintendent of Schools?

January 22, 2021: Seward area schools open onsite to all 7-12th grade students

January 5, 2021: KPBSD schools expand onsite-at-school option on January 11

December 9, 2020: More KPBSD students will return to at school classes in January

November 19, 2020: Public input survey is open through 12-7-20: Be involved in the KPBSD Superintendent of Schools process

November 17, 2020: Fulbright DAST Flash: Kenai Peninsula educational leader is going to Uzbekistan!

November 12, 2020: Remote Learning extends for 34 KPBSD schools

October 28, 2020: COVID-19 case trends cause Remote Learning to extend in KPBSD

October 22, 2020: Thirty KPBSD schools add another week of 100% Remote Learning operation in High COVID-19 Risk areas

October 19, 2020: 13 Southern Kenai Peninsula schools shift to 100% Remote Learning

October 14, 2020: A Goodbye to our Nanwalek School Teacher Jim Reinseth

October 13, 2020: Central Peninsula schools shift to 100% Remote Learning on Wednesday, 10-14-20

October 12, 2020: Central Peninsula schools potential shift to Red (High COVID-19 Risk)

September 17, 2020: FREE meals for all KPBSD students through the end of 2020

July 23, 2020: KPBSD Weekly Update - Three choices for school, and seven common questions

July 19, 2020: COVID19 Risk Level in KPBSD

July 16, 2020: KPBSD Weekly Update - Highlights in the 2020 Smart Start Plan

July 13, 2020: Board of Education approves KPBSD 2020 Smart Start Plan for schools to reopen

July 8, 2020: KPBSD Board of Education to approve Smart Start 2020 Plan, and change first day of school for students to August 24, 2020

June 18, 2020: Smart Start Letter from Superintendent O'Brien to KPBSD

May 29, 2020: Paul Banks Elementary Principal Eric Pederson named Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal for 2020

May 20, 2020: Remote Learning Survey for Students and Parents or Guardians

March 17, 2020: Free Student Service for KPBSD Students Begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March 12, 2020: Schools Close for Students March 16-20

March 3, 2020: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

February 28, 2020: 2020 ASTE Teacher of the Year is Ms. Carlyn Nichols

February 24, 2020: Director Clayton Holland receives State of Alaska Distinguished Special Education Administrator of the Year Award!

February 17, 2020: February Community Budget Forums: planning for the 2020-2021 school year

January 8, 2020: Tustumena Elementary recognized as 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School

December 18, 2019: KPBSD Inspiration: ANna DeVolld, Connections Homeschool Class of 2023

December 10, 2019: All Schools Two-Hour Delay Start

November 27, 2019: Ms. Virginia Morgan of Cooper Landing to serve on Board of Education

November 25, 2019: KPBSD school board will interview four applicants for District 6 East Peninsula

November 21, 2019: Alaska School Counselor Advocate of the Year is Superintendent O'Brien!

November 14, 2019: KPBSD School Board seeks applicants for District 6 vacancy

November 10, 2019: Special Emergency School Board Meeting is November 13, 2019

November 5, 2019:  KPBSD budget meeting at 19 school sites is 11/12/19

November 5, 2019:  KPBSD celebrates State of AK 2020 AP of the Year, and Region III Principal of the Year!

October 29, 2019:  KPBSD Federal Programs Open House is 11/5/19

September 17, 2019: KPBSD and KPEA-KPESA Reach Tentative Agreement

September 5, 2019:  How federal funds benefit KPBSD in FY20 and beyond

August 30, 2019:  Superintendent O’Brien letter to parents and guardians about a potential strike in the KPBSD

August 20, 2019:  KPBSD schools and Swan Lake Fire August 20, 2019 Update

August 15, 2019:  Collective Bargaining with KPBSD and KPEA & KPESA

June 19, 2019:  Graduate inspiration: Steven Hunter Smith, River City Academy, Class of 2019

June 12, 2019:  Graduate inspirations: Bethany Carstens, Kelsey Clark, and Emma Wik, Nikiski High Class of 2019

May 15, 2019:  Graduate inspiration: Annaleah Karron, Seward High School Class of 2003

May 13, 2019:  Collective Bargaining Update: May 13, 2019

May 8, 2019:  Collective Bargaining May 8, 2019 - KPBSD proposals to KPESA and KPEA

May 2, 2019:  Advisory Arbitration Report

May 2, 2019:  Kenai 2019 BP Teachers of Excellence & Educational Ally inspire!

April 18, 2019:  Board of Education approves Mr. John O'Brien as interim Superintendent of Schools

April 17, 2019:  Graduate inspiration: Kelly King, Nikiski High School, Class of 1999

April 5, 2019:  KPBSD Superintendent of Schools leadership position

April 5, 2019:  Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep School Consolidation meeting & survey

April 3, 2019:  Graduate inspiration: Dr. Matthew Pyhala, Homer High School Class of 1993

March 27, 2019:  Graduate Inspiration: Carlyn Nichols, Seward High Class of 1997

March 13, 2019:  Class of 2016 Graduate Inspirations

January 30, 2019:  Wednesday Inspiration: Paul Ostrander, Class of 1986

January 16, 2019:  Three cities, three decades, three leaders: KPSBD graduate #inspirations

January 15, 2019:  Sean Dusek, Superintendent of Schools, announces his retirement

December 20, 2018:  New in 2019: Testify at a School Board meeting from Homer or Seward

November 30, 2018:  Wednesday Inspiration #1: Megan Mazurek, Class of 2005

November 27, 2018:  Winter Music Programs in 28 KPBSD schools

October 23, 2018:  Student progress reports in new Alaska System for School Success

October 22, 2018:  Twenty-two schools will host budget development forum on 10/30/18

October 11, 2018:  9th Annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair is 10/16/18

September 24, 2018:  Native Education Advisory Committee seeks members

September 10, 2018:  Proposition No. 1 - Kachemak Selo New K-12 School Bond

September 7, 2018:  National School Lunch Program Free and Reduced Meals

May 18, 2018:  Kenai student receives national recognition for excellence in distance learning

May 15, 2018:  New! Text Messaging Service from schools to parents & guardians

May 10, 2018:  Inspiring New Ways of Learning at Nanwalek School

March 27, 2018:  Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Case at Kenai Central High School

January 29, 2018:  Facebook Live Q & A and Community Budget Forums offered in February

January 12, 2018:  Developmental screenings for newborns to age 5

December 5, 2017:  Public invited to Title VI Native Education Meeting

November 13, 2017:  KPBSD Launches Facebook LIVE Q&A with Superintendent Dusek

November 10, 2017:  Meet Chris Mburu and be inspired by A Small Act

October 20, 2017:  School Weather Related Delays and Closures Process

October 6, 2017:  Get the #budget process rolling October 17, 2017

September 22, 2017:  Suicide awareness and prevention in KPBSD

September 8, 2017:  Native Education Title VI Advisory Committee seeks parent, student, and staff members to serve

September 1, 2017:  State, district, and school PEAKS assessment results now online

August 29, 2017:  Graduate survey for Classes of 2010 – 2017, How did KPBSD do?

August 16, 2017:  KPBSD welcomes Apple Bus

August 8, 2017:  How to register for KPBSD Pre-Kindergarten Title I classes

June 23, 2017:  State funding set for public education

June 8, 2017:  KPBSD can hire 12 of 30+ frozen positions

May 10, 2017:  State education funding cut scenarios for KPBSD

April 4, 2017:  Senate proposes 5% cut to education funding

March 16, 2017:  Education funding absent in SB22 operating budget work draft

February 17, 2017:  Project SEARCH Intern showcase is February 21, 2017

February 8, 2017:  Community Budget Forums

January 30, 2017:  CTE career fair for teens in Soldotna

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