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Board to mull Soldotna schools

Posted: March 30, 2013 - 8:09pm  |  Updated: March 30, 2013 - 8:34pm

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will address the Soldotna schools reconfiguration issue during a public work session, a community meeting and its regular board meeting Monday.

No public commentary will be accepted during a 4:30 to 5 p.m. work session, however comments will be taken during the public meeting at 6 p.m. and again during the board meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

All three meetings will be at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers at the George A. Navarre Borough Administration Building at 144 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna.

District administration is recommending that the board approve the concept of combining Skyview and Soldotna High School students into a single grades 10-12 school; however a middle school structure has yet to be finalized.

According to district documents, if the board of education approved the concept of reconfiguring Skyview High School and Soldotna Middle school, the final plan would come before the board in the fall of 2014.

District spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said further discussion was needed about where to house ninth-graders.

One concept the district had been considering since reconfiguration discussions began more than a year ago, Erkeneff said, was to put ninth grade students in a “house” at Soldotna Middle School.

“Right now, SoHi and Soldotna Middle School are two separate schools — so they’re each funded as a school,” she said. “Our understanding was that if a 9th grade house was put at Soldotna Middle School and adjacent to SoHi ... that it would turn it into one school. So we would lose funding.”

Erkeneff said losing funding for a school could be about an $800,000 loss.

“There’s nowhere for that money to come from and that’s another $800,000 out of classrooms,” she said.

The district has been working with the state and Erkeneff said there was new information available that could change the discussion.

“That’s why we’re wanting to ... take some time, go back to the communities, confirm funding,” Erkeneff said. “So we’re doing a little more research on that.”

Erkeneff said all of the information would be available during the work session and public meeting.

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robert white
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robert white 03/31/13 - 04:03 pm
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schools

It's for the children, ha ha ha, at 55 and getting close to retirement from the sc--l district, I want to retire in a warm climate, in luxury, thanks tax kenai payers!!! I love you

spwright
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spwright 04/01/13 - 03:40 pm
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Once again You are Wrong

Mr. White, The Kenai Tax Payers do NOT contribute to the PERS or TERS Retirement system.
The Employee has Retirement Deductions from each & every Monthly Pay Check deposited into a Retirement Acct.
The average PERS Retirement Check is ONLY $1,300.00 per month. Not exactly a Luxury Income.
So Open Mouth & Insert Foot Mr. White.
You are Wrong yet again
SPW

LaFern
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LaFern 04/02/13 - 08:56 am
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Inconsistency

It doesn't matter where the retirement money comes from nor how much it actually is, because the way it is now it's significant enough to let our schools become inconsistent, dysfunctional, and generally test-driven failing institutions losing money to home school programs which can't provide the top education our economy needs.

Perception
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Perception 04/03/13 - 07:39 am
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Public Educaiton

When society says that the masses will be educated, there will be difficulties. Trying to educate students to don't care. Parents who use the school as a daycare. The teachers are consistently working on how to meet the low level learner and the high flier daily. Even with this being said, KPBSD schools are providing an education that when students leave, they are ready for the real world. They are given a dynamic education that prepares them for the next step. College, work force, military, whatever the next level for the students, KPBSD ensures that the students are ready. Remember, students and parents must take an active role in their education. When they do, the results are truly exceptional!

Suss
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Suss 04/03/13 - 08:48 am
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Tax Payers do NOT contribute?

What about the employer's matching contribution to PERS or TRS? That comes from the KPB by way of taxes. Now let us talk AlaskaCare health coverage, many billions beyond what the State had projected it to cost, the shortfalls can only worsen as more retirees age, medical costs increase and we give big oil a multi billion dollar gift, all while Kurt Olson apologizes to Exxon for being maligned for the 1989 oil spill.

spwright
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spwright 04/03/13 - 10:01 am
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Suss

Suss, Yes you are correct that the Employer matches Retirement Contributions of the Employee That is a Negotiated issue thru
KPESA/NEA Alaska Union & KPBSD.
My point for Mr Robert White is that He is constantly Bad Mouthing S D Employees so I felt I had to speak up.

SPW

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