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School board does more than math

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2003

The revision of the 2004 fiscal year budget and the increase of student activity participation fees caused quite a bit of discussion Monday night for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

But the high profile decisions weren't the only business the board dealt with at its meeting. In other action, the board:

Reviewed reports from each school's site councils.

Approved a quarter-inch-thick list of budget transfers to tidy up the accounts for the 2003 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Approved an administrative regulation dealing with use of school facilities and properties. The regulation went before the board at its last meeting June 2 but met opposition from local swim teams that claimed increases in the pool use costs would destroy their programs. Superintendent Donna Peterson said at the June 2 meeting that the district was not aware of the consequence to the teams, and district administrators reviewed the policy, fixing the problem.

Approved the board's 2003-04 agenda guidelines, which set tentative dates for action on routine decisions.

Approved a pay scale for temporary and substitute employees.

Approved administrator appointments for the 2003-04 school year, including: Matthew Fischer, principal-teacher, Tebug-hna; Sandra Miller, assistant principal, Nikiski Middle-Senior High; and Jamilyn Harper, assistant director, districtwide special services. The reassignment of six current administrators also was approved, including, Sam Stewart, assistant superintendent; John Owens, interim principal, Nikiski Middle-Senior High; Glenn Haupt, director, secondary education-curriculum and assessment; Norma Holmgaard, director, small schools and alternative programs; Rick Matiya, coordinator, No Child Left Behind grants; and Robert Ermold, assistant principal, Skyview High.

Approved tentative nontenure teaching assignments for Timothy McFarland, temporary music and art, Aurora Borealis Charter School; Karen Ruebsamen, temporary districtwide homeless liaison; Linda Frink, grades six and seven, Kachemak Selo; Jill DuFloth, temporary grade six, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary; Matthew J. Faris, temporary grade three, K-Beach Elementary; RaeEllen Kurzendoerfer, generalist, Nikiski Middle-Senior High; Jennifer Haddix, temporary grade six, Redoubt Elementary; Cindy Hurst, temporary grade three, Redoubt Elementary; Krista Etzwiler, temporary Title I, Voznesenka; and Michael A. Houghton, temporary social studies and technology, Voznesenka.

Approved new teacher assignments for Elaine Velsko, grades four and five, Kachemak Selo; Aileen F. Hediger, temporary kindergarten and grade one, Kachemak Selo; Audra K. McCubbins, reading, Nikiski Elementary; Amy T. Stalmaster, special education, Homer Middle; Mary Roed, special education, Redoubt Elementary; Elizabeth Lennon, districtwide speech and pupil services at Tustumena Elementary and Ninilchik; Leah Dubber, social studies, Susan B. English; and Chris Standley, psychologist, districtwide.

Approved tentative tenured teacher assignments for Allan Miller, Sterling Elementary, and Tari Hoeft, West Homer and Paul Banks elementary schools.

Approved unpaid leaves of absence for Karen Brewer-Fair, physical education, Mountain View Elementary, and Kim Shostak, special education, Kenai Central High School.

Accepted resignations from Atz Kilcher, music, McNeil Canyon; Debbie Moore, special education, Nikiski Middle-Senior High; Brittina M. Praker, psychologist, Soldotna Elementary; Laura Lawrence, grade three, Sterling Elementary; Brent Keene, physical education, West Homer and Paul Banks elementary schools; Larry Wheat, grade five, Sterling Elementary; Janet Boyce, grade four, Soldotna Elementary; and David McCard, grade six, Sterling Elementary.

Approved the 2003-04 board goals, which include: Plan for effective nine-member school board; improve communication regarding accountability; improve employee relations; and begin discussion on cocurricular issues.

Approved revisions to administrative recommendations regarding special services grading and graduations and identification of students with exceptional needs. The revisions were designed to bring district policy in line with state and federal law.

Heard a first reading of revisions to the board policy on diplomas. The change was made to bring district policy in line with state and federal law, and the policy will be voted on at the next board meeting.



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