School board plans to reevaluate extracurricular activity programs

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet tonight in one of its last meetings before the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.

'I know it seems early to begin the work on goals, but this particular endeavor may require a substantial investment of time and energy.'

-- Donna Peterson, superintendent,

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Key on the agenda is a work session prior to the general meeting to begin work reevaluating the district's extracurricular activity programs. Due to budget constraints, the district already has eliminated the budget for extracurricular travel and raised student participation fees for activities.

Recognizing the potential for more monetary challenges in the future, one of the district and board goals for the 2003-04 school year is a thorough evaluation of the way the district offers student activities outside the basic curriculum. Specifically, the board plans to review the role of the Kenai Peninsula Student Activities Association and explore alternative funding options for activities such as sports and academic clubs.

The board will meet in a work session at 5 p.m. to discuss the process and timeline for reevaluating the program.

According to a memo the board will receive in its meeting packet, all student activity scheduling for the 2004-05 school year will be done in February and March, and the district needs to make any program changes before that time.

Superintendent Donna Peterson will recommend the board establish a task force with a clearly defined mission and membership criteria and set deadlines for progress updates throughout the school year.

"I know it seems early to begin the work on goals, but this parti-cular endeavor may require a

substantial investment of time and energy," Peterson wrote in the memo. "It is best to start early and proceed deliberately through a review and change process. I look forward to your thoughts, ideas and direction."

Also during tonight's meeting, Peterson will present her annual report to the board. The report highlights the district's goals and achievements for last year, as well as upcoming events and programs in the district.

For example, it provides an update on the district's ongoing technology plan, the efforts of the communitywide Blue Ribbon Task Force on Vocational Education and the district's moves to improve efficiency of day-to-day business. It also highlights student achievement on standardized tests and the district's plan for offering students a comprehensive educational program.

Looking ahead, the report summarizes upcoming program additions, such as Project GRAD USA, a national school reform program, and Student Aspirations, a growing mentorship program in the district.

Also on the board's agenda is a 4 p.m. work session to review the administration section of district policy and a number of staff assignment approvals during the general meeting.

The board meets in the assembly chambers at the borough administration building at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna. All work sessions and meetings are open to the public. The 4 p.m. policy work session and 5 p.m. cocurricular activity work session are listen-only. Public testimony is welcome during designated times of the general meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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