Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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Updated 3:44 2/23/18

A student from the Ninilchik School was taken into custody after making threats about bringing a gun to school.

Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Tim DeSpain said Troopers received a call from a concerned parent Tuesday about the student.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a $3 million deficit this year. The district intends to reduce that figure by using roughly one million from its savings. Budget deficits have been a constant theme for the district since the state hit hard financial times over the past few years, and up until now, the district has avoided budget cuts to the classroom. But those cuts may be hard to avoid this year.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Two education-funding bills are working their way through Alaska’s Legislature. Both aim to wrap up education funding early during budgeting process so that school districts can make informed hiring decisions in the spring. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) was in limbo last year when the budget didn’t pass until summer. Now, the district is anxious for a timelier confirmation of its funding.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek took questions from peninsula residents Tuesday night via Facebook Live. Questions ranged from lice policy to the district’s $140 million budget.

Dusek said the district has sustained about $7 million in budget cuts over the past few years. He stressed that the district has been able to handle those cuts without making major reductions in the classroom or teaching staff.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Many may not have known, but Sunday was National Constitution Day, and as part of a 10-year tradition, students at West Homer Elementary spent their Friday afternoon learning about the protections the three branches of government offers. They were also paid a visit by a caped superhero known as the Bill of Rights, but kids are spending more than just an afternoon learning about the inner workings of the U.S. government.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down revenue measures after approving an $83 million budget Tuesday, leaving a projected $4.1 million deficit. Moves to increase property taxes and the number of months groceries are taxed both failed. But, more revenue measures could be coming down the line.

As the assembly pored over Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s budget proposal Tuesday, there were fundamental differences on where the borough’s money should be spent, namely whether economic development spending actually benefits the borough.

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Teachers and schools across the Kenai Peninsula received good news Tuesday evening. The Kenai Peninsula Borough approved Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s budget proposal, appropriating $1.2 million more than the school district had requested.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff said several open teaching jobs are now being filled as a result.

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About 200 Anchorage teachers received pink slips Wednesday after Alaska’s Legislature missed its 90-day deadline to solidify the budget. As uncertainty over teachers’ job security around the state grows, teaching staff on Kenai Peninsula are retaining theirs. But, 30 unfilled positions are still in limbo.

School District Seeks Feedback On Bus Schedules

Oct 26, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a second set of community meetings next week to discuss the issue of changing start and end times in 10 Southern Peninsula schools.

Pegge Erkeneff is a spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. She hopes the meetings will increase community engagement.

School District Seeks Feedback On Budget

Oct 12, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula School District will meet with the public on Oct. 13 to discuss their budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The meetings will be held in schools across the Kenai Peninsula.

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