Budget cuts have been at the forefront of many minds when it comes to education, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District had some good news at Monday night's school board meeting, as well.
The board honored Nikolaevsk School volunteer Palmer Bailey with a Golden Apple Award, recognizing his years of service to students in the Russian Old Believer community.
"(Bailey) is a volunteer extraordinaire," said board member Debbie Holle. "He has spent untold hours as a guest lecturer, site council chair, basketball timer and announcer, engineer consultant and volunteer in the construction class."
A geologist by profession, Bailey is a retired member of the U.S. Army and instructor at West Point Military Academy. He also teaches at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College in Homer.
"He is recognized for his amazing dedication and outstanding service to education on the Kenai Peninsula," Holle said.
The district also had some recognition of its own Monday night.
Superintendent Donna Peterson announced that the district and particularly chief financial officer Melody Douglas had received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Board Officers International. The award, which the district has received for several years running, recognizes school district personnel for putting together a thorough and upstanding budget document.
Peterson also announced that the district will be the recipient of some national attention early next month when a representative from Education Secretary Ron Paige's staff will spend two days shadowing Peterson to learn more about the district.
In other news Monday, the board:
Discussed possible add-backs to the 2004-05 budget, should an anticipated funding increase be approved by the Legislature and governor.
Discussed the issue of weighted grades, which would provide more credit for students taking Advanced Placement courses.
Approved tenure for Louise Heite, speech pathologist for the district.
Approved a 2004-05 teaching assignment for Lois Bisset, Soldotna Middle School special education and intensive needs teacher.
Approved substitute teacher contracts for Megan Wohlers, special education and intensive needs, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary; Kelly Johnson, Title I, North Star Elementary; and Rita Geller, physical education, Soldotna Middle School.
Approved resignations for Yvonne A. Emery, music, Redoubt Elementary; Virginia W. Glenn, grades three through six, Nanwalek; Vicki Harrison, grade one, Sterling Elementary; Trudy Peterson, English and choir, Soldotna Middle and High schools; Marjory Wiley, Child Find coordinator with pupil services; Don Weller, physical education, Sears Elementary; and Mary Kathryn Vesel, kindergarten, Seward Elementary.
Approved Kim Blommel's rescinded sabbatical request.
Heard a first reading of a revision to Board Bylaw 9320, which will change the board's meeting time from 7:30 to 7 p.m. as of July 12.
Heard a first reading of revisions to Board Policy Section 3000, dealing with business and noninstructional operations. Among the numerous changes are revisions that incorporate an appeal process for contract bids; updates to bid policies to reflect borough policies; changes to the way the district accounts for assets; updates to the pest management policy, the transportation policy and the tobacco-free schools policies. Detailed policies are available online and action will be taken on the changes at the next board meeting May 3 in Seward.
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