Seward teacher earns inspirational award

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Seward Middle School teacher Laura Beck was presented with an award from Eastern Oregon University during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District meeting May 3.

Beck received the 2003 Inspirational Teacher Award after a former student, now an honor roll freshman at EOU, nominated her as a past inspiration.

"We believe it's important to recognize our first-year students who demonstrate high academic excellence and the teachers who inspire them," wrote the EOU president.

In other news from last week's meeting, the school board:

Heard a report from 2003-04 science specialist Rick Frederic.

Approved a tentative tenure teacher assignment for Richard Redmond, a counselor at Seward High School.

Approved for tenure Karen Ruebsamen, districtwide homeless liaison, and Millie Lewis, special education teacher at West Homer Elementary. The decision was met with some discussion as to the need for the homeless liaison position, which is required under the No Child Left Behind Act, but board members determined that the action was about Ruebsamen's performance, not job title.

Approved a substitute teacher contract for Holly Alston, math teacher at Seward High.

Approved an administrator appointment for Terry Martin, to serve as principal of Ninilchik School next year.

Approved a year-long unpaid leave of absence for Charlotte Records, fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Ninilchik School.

Approved the resignations of Cathy Baber, kindergarten through eighth-grade teacher in Cooper Landing, and Gary Kirby, fifth-grade teacher at West Homer Elementary School. Kirby's resignation will be effective at the end of this school year, while Baber's went into effect April 27.

Approved a final revision to the 2003-04 fiscal year budget. Final state enrollment information indicated a slight increase in the district, upping the total to 9,561 students. The increase means the district's total budget of $91,522,129 is more than what was approved by the borough assembly, and therefore the revision must be approved by the board and assembly.

Approved changes to Section 3000 of the board policy manual. The section, which deals with business and noninstructional operations, underwent thorough analysis as part of the board's regular policy review cycle.

Approved a change to Board Bylaw 9320, which will change the time of board meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting July 12.

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