Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association are facing charges related to sexual abuse committed by a former hockey coach.

The first and second waves of a newly adopted teaching technique that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is implementing is underway, with the third “wave,” as the teacher training is called, to begin soon.

John Pothast is the director of elementary and secondary education with the district who has ushered in the Personalized Learning program.

“A couple years ago that ‘aha moment’ was the realization it’s not a thing. It’s a verb. It’s how are we conducting business," he said.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been working on the 2019 budget for months, but now it’s out of the district's hands.  

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Personalized Learning is more than a buzzword for the latest fad in public education. This week on the Kenai Conversation, KPBSD Director of Elementary and Secondary Education John Pothast and district Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, tell us about how Personalized Learning is being rolled out in classrooms across the district and what the expectations are.

  The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been embracing high technology and social media wherever it can to connect with parents and residents this year. One way has been through the use of Facebook Live, which, just as it sounds, is a live, interactive conference on Facebook. As school district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff tells us, it brings administration together with the public. The next Facebook Live event will be March 22 from 7-7:30-p.m. on the KPBSD Facebook page.

There was another school shooting in America today (Tuesday). Two students in a Maryland high school were injured when their 17-year-old classmate opened fire with a handgun in a school hallway. It's just the latest in an increasing trend that has seen hundreds of thousands protest a lack of gun control nationwide.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is eying a $1.3 million to $2 million budget deficit next school year. Much of that will be covered by the district’s reserve account. But the rest, depending on how state and borough funding shake out, could mean cuts in the classroom.


 

Ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting, the Kenai Peninsula borough assembly and the school board got together for a joint work session on the school district budget.

 

The annual process of putting together the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget is underway.

AVTEC

Workforce development on the Kenai Peninsula, with Cathy LeCompte, director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, Sean Dusek, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Gary Turner, director of Kenai Peninsula College.

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