Parents, community encouraged to get involved in education

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2000

It is hard to believe how fast the summer has gone, again. Parents, students and staff across the district are probably having the same discussions as in my house.

We are anxious about going back to school: The kids ready to see friends they have not seen, excited to meet new teachers, and not ready because the summer has been too short with too many things they still would like to do. Parents sometimes feeling it's time to get back to a routine when we can all get more rest, while still wishing we had more time to do family things. Staff members already planning, at least in their heads, for the upcoming year (and wishing they could just not think about it for a little longer).

Thank you -- teachers, principals and staffs -- for your enthusiasm for our kids.

We are headed into another busy year. The school board met in June to establish goals for the 2000-01 school year. Some of the goals include updating the strategic plan, continuing to develop and implement certified diploma criteria, addressing learning challenges for all levels of achievement, using our increased technology to increase student opportunities, and developing a long-range plan for the funding and operation of student activities.

We all are excited with the direction of the district. District administration has worked incredibly hard most of the summer planning for the upcoming year and wrapping up the previous year. Thanks and appreciation to the administrators for their commitment and involvement in educating students on the Kenai Peninsula and their interest in all of Alaska's children.

I would like to encourage parents and community members to get involved in our schools. I am sure our staffs would agree they love all the positive help they can get. There truly is something for everyone.

Maybe it is working directly with kids in the classroom, playground, lunchroom or after school activities.

Some people are more comfortable with the support role, helping teachers or nurses or school secretaries with a variety of jobs that have to be done.

Site management involvement may be your interest. I cannot imagine a parent group in the district that would not welcome all the help offered, or commitment to attending site council meetings and working with other parents.

Other help needed is active involvement at the district level on committees. Call a board member or central office if you like more information.

We are amidst major changes in education in Alaska and nationally. I am proud to be a part of the school board on the Kenai Peninsula. Our board is a hard-working and caring team.

I know the rest of the board would join me to say, "Welcome back to school and thank you, parents and friends, for all you do for the children of the peninsula."

Deb Germano

President, Kenai Peninsula

Borough School District

Board of Education

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