Superintendent Peterson notes highlights of third quarter

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Meetings, committees and training:

Administrator meeting focused on developing supervision skills

Intervention training held for the first time in several years -- part of revisiting important basic functions of district

Challenger Mission and advanced science training held for 30 teachers so far this year

Twelve attended Statewide Special Education Conference (funded from State Capacity Building Grant)

Changes and firsts:

Code review RFP for Seward Middle/High

At least three schools dropped from Title I funding due to changes in poverty level as evidenced by number of "need" forms returned by parents

Repair area for computer services built

Borough assembly passed a capital maintenance supplemental appropriation of $1.4 million for school projects

Weber State outreach program is resulting in student nurses in our schools

New additions to the Web page including and

Sixty computers delivered and set up at Nikiski Elementary

Request for proposals being sought for work on Kalifornsky Beach bus turnaround work and Skyview wellhouse project

Service Recognition Program introduced

Administrative changes: Spring Creek position filled by Wayne Young of Port Graham; West Homer position filled by Charlie Walsworth of Fairbanks; Port Graham replacement pending school board approval; Kenai Central High School assistant principal interviews scheduled for this week; Moose Pass, Homer High School assistant principle, Nikiski Middle-High School assistant principle and Paul Banks Elementary positions pending.

Awards and recognition:

Troy Zimmerman of Nikiski Middle-High School, has been named NCO of the year for the Alaska National Guard

Ed Sotelo of Cooper Landing received Alaska Science and Technology Teacher grant

Ninilchik Team received an award for best overall research project at Ocean Sciences Bowl

District received the ASBO International Meritorious Budget Award for 2002 fiscal year budget

Soldotna Middle School Battle of the Books team is State of Alaska winner

$2000 donation received from Agrium for Challenger Missions

Port Graham School awarded 2002 Alaska State School Collaboration Award for support of the community Head Start Program

District received "Organization Achievement Award" from the Alaska Mental Health Association for the Central Peninsula Counseling Services partnership

Article in February 2002 Phi Delta Kappan written by Carol VanDerWege and Donna Peterson, titled "Guiding Children to be Strategic Readers"

Usual but important events:

College students home for Christmas break assisted technology team in meeting ambitious goals, including having 159 computers delivered and in place ahead of schedule and installing high-end ethernet switches

As the year "turned over," 350 programs upgraded in KCAST system

E-Rate application for year five submitted -- revenue from this federal technology program is close to $2 million for these five years

Kenaitze Head Start and KPBSD continue working on mutually beneficial services such as a family support counselor

Mass choir held Feb. 5 with 398 students

"Passkey" remediations software installed at more schools

Analytic Writing Assessment -- 60 scorers; 2,300 student papers

March 6 to 8 Benchmark Exams and High School Graduation Qualifying Exam

School Board members Margaret Gilman, Deborah Germano and Al Poindexter traveled to Juneau to present "leave no district behind" circuit-breaker legislation ideas

Hans Bilben, Karen Mahurin, Todd Syverson, Donna Peterson, Joe Arness and assembly members Pete Sprague, Chris Moss and Bill Popp traveled to Juneau and met with more than 60 legislative offices

Seven schools audited for compliance with immunization requirements; four more are slated. So far, we have 100 percent compliance

Meetings with 27 members of budget review committee and five public sessions

District forensics meet a huge success

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