Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent John O’Brien is optimistic going into this budget season, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposing flat funding for K-12 education in Alaska, and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Peirce saying he’ll support local funding to the cap.

O’Brien addressed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

“I’m very hopeful for 2020 I really feel we’re in a much better place than we were last year,” he said. “And I hope that we see good results and good things happening for our schools and our communities in the new year.”

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UPDATE  Sept. 12: Negotiating teams for the district and unions met the evening of Sept. 12. The meeting was not announced in advance due to safety concerns. The session ended with the associations presenting the district with a counter offer. The district is expected to respond by the end of the day Sept. 13.

Slate set for assembly, school board elections

Aug 21, 2019

The filing period has closed for borough assembly and school board candidates in this October’s municipal election.
    Seats for Assembly Districts 3, 4, and 7 are available for three-year terms, representing, Nikiski, Soldotna, and the Central Area, south of Soldotna.
    None of the incumbents, President Wayne Ogle, Vice-President Dale Bagley, and  long-time Assemblyman Paul Fischer, are on the ballot.

School Board makes surprise superintendent pick

Apr 5, 2019


The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education was in executive session for a little more than five hours Thursday night, finally reconvening around 12:30 Friday morning to name the next superintendent for the district. But the name they chose wasn’t either of the candidates who had a public interview with the board earlier in the day.

Residents from the far corners of the Kenai Peninsula once again filled the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers last night during the school board meeting, making impassioned pleas to keep their schools open.

School closures are one of the items on the table due to budget woes at both the borough and state level.