Employees honored

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2004

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored two residents Monday night with Golden Apple Awards.

Volunteer and coach Dan Leman of Ninilchik received the award for his years of service with classroom and cocurricular activities.

"His accomplishments in service are great," board member Debbie Holle said. "He exemplifies the qualities desired in all parents and employees."

Also honored was accounting specialist Jamie Moore. A district employee since 1994, Moore deals with the accounting of grant money and special revenue funds.

"She is more than willing to lend a hand in challenging situations," board President Deb Germano said. "She is a valued member of the finance department and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District instructional team."

In other action Monday night, the board:

n Voted in favor of a resolution supporting closing district boundaries. In essence, the resolution said students should not be able to attend schools or school programs outside their home districts, and districts should not receive state funding for students outside their attendance areas.

"I think it is definitely in the best interest of each school district in the state to decide in the local community (how to educate students) -- without having the onus of having to compete with other districts poaching students," said board member Margaret Gilman.

Board members Holle and Dr. Nels Anderson disagreed, arguing that families should have choice in education, and competition can improve educational offerings. The resolution passed 5-2, with Anderson and Holle dissenting. Board members Debra Mullins and Marty An-derson were excused from the meeting.

n Approved the resignation of Steven A. Wolfe, social studies teacher at Homer High School.

n Approved a name change request for the soon-to-be consolidated Nikiski and North Star elementary schools. The two schools, which will merge into the North Star building next fall, tentatively will be called Nikiski North Star Elementary School and will be represented as the Shooting Stars. The decision now must go before the borough assembly and the Alaska Depart-ment of Education and Early Development.

n Approved changes to the world language and math curricula, which were examined as part of a regular curriculum review cycle this year.

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