Soldotna High School

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Operating school programs during COVID is an uncertain endeavor in the best of circumstances. The latest wrinkle for cross country teams on the peninsula is a scramble to get to the Region III Tournament in Kodiak this weekend, with most Kenai and Soldotna runners missing out on what would have been their last meet of the year.

Several teams had planned to take the ferry Tustumena from Homer to Kodiak for the region meet, Oct. 1 and 2. But the Alaska Department of Transportation canceled all Tustumena sailings until Oct. 5, citing crew shortages. Kenai Central coach Todd Boonstra heard the news in the middle of the Borough meet last weekend in Seward.

“So we didn’t even know going into the meet that, ‘Hey, this is going to be our last race.’ So, yeah, it’s unfortunate,” Boonstra said. “They’ve been working really hard and running really well and looking to end the season there but unfortunately got cut short for them.”

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Nordic skiing is the first winter sport in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to get the all-clear.

The district has approved a mitigation plan and skiers will rejoin their practice pods Monday. The first race is planned for Jan. 16, three days before most students will resume in-person classes.

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Imagine applying to college, taking college courses and working a full-time job, all while finishing high school. Here’s how Abby Dial does it:

“A lot of coffee," she said, laughing. "I think to-do lists are really important, and having a planner. My schedule, my school schedule, doesn't get mixed up with my work schedule. So I have a planner for school and a planner for work.”


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The most recent Soldotna City Council meeting was hardly Quinn Cox’s first glimpse into local government. His dad, Tyson Cox, is the District 4, Soldotna representative on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and a previous city councilmember.

So Quinn, a junior at Soldotna High School, knew what he was getting into when he was elected to be the council’s student representative.


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has seen its first case of COVID-19. Director of Communications Pegge Erkeneff said the case is at Soldotna High School and the school became aware of it midday Tuesday. She didn’t specify whether the case was a student or staff member. The school will remain open, in accordance with its mitigation plans.

The district is not releasing more information about the case’s identity, in compliance with privacy regulations, but close contacts of the case have been notified. This could include players on an athletic team, a colleague or a bus driver, for example. All close contacts must quarantine at home for 14 days.

School Principal Tony Graham sent a letter to staff and families notifying them of the case.

District looks into consolidating Soldotna Prep, SoHi

Apr 12, 2019
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding meetings across the Peninsula to gauge public opinion on different options to consolidate or close schools in the face of expected budget cuts. At a public meeting this week, district officials discussed the possible consolidation of Soldotna Prep into Soldotna High School, putting freshmen through seniors back in the same building for the first time since 2014.

 

 


District seeks input on consolidation options

Apr 9, 2019

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced last week it will begin a series of public meetings to talk about various consolidation options around the district. One of those options is to bring 9th graders back into Soldotna High School.

There was a disturbing rumor making its way around social media among students at Soldotna High School last (Wed) night that. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's offical Facebook page, threats of a school shooting were made and students were urging each other to stay home today.

In a late-night update from the District, the rumor was debunked.

Quoting, " Law enforcement confirmed that no verified threat has been substantiated, and the rumors seem to be just that, rumors," unquote.