Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Seward High School. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

New Web site offers teacher information

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Teacher Placement Center and the Alaska Center for Excellence in Schools, launched a new Web site last month.

The goal of the site is to increase the number of applicants for teaching jobs in Alaska, as the state has had a chronic shortage of math, science and special education teachers for decades.

The Web site allows school officials to post school district job openings online and enables job seekers to locate employment opportunities and send in applications. It also links to a national teacher employment Web site to more easily attract applicants from around the nation.

The site offers links to information about job vacancies in Alaska's school districts, Alaska Job Fairs, Alaska teacher certification, the state's school districts and Alaska communities. The design of the site also allows recruiters to track information on people visiting the site, so that they can target recruitment efforts in other regions of the country.

The Web address for the new site is

Summer Clubhouse registration planned

The after-school clubhouses at Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club After the Bell program, will end May 17. Summer sessions, however, begin in June.

The program will sponsor two summer clubhouse sessions, June 10 to July 3 and July 8 to Aug. 8 at Soldotna Elementary School. The program will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The summer clubhouse program is open to students currently in first through eighth grades. Registration will be open from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday to May 9 at Soldotna Elementary School. Registration space is limited. The program costs $100 per child plus a Boys and Girls Club membership, with a two child per family maximum cost. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Tammy at 262-5412.

Alaska Teacher of the Year Nominations Opened

The Department of Education and Early Development has opened nominations statewide for the 2003 Alaska Teacher of the Year Award. School districts must submit applications to department by June 17.

Any Alaskan can nominate a teacher for the honor. However, nominations must be made to a local school district's nomination committee. School districts may use their own nomination process, but they must use an official application and state guidelines. Both are available online at Recognition/05-00-088.doc.

School districts are advised to include members of the community, such as parents, teachers, school board members and others on their nominating team. In addition, they need to work in partnership with their local teacher bargaining unit in selecting nominees.

A local school district may nominate more than one teacher, but each nominee must be screened by the local school district nominating committee before being sent to the state.

After local nominees are submitted to department, the selection committee will review a video and application from each teacher conduct personal interviews. In November, the Alaska winner will be entered to compete in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

For more information, call Helen Mehrkens at 465-8730.

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