Yes, it is time for another school year! After our glorious Kenai Peninsula summer, everyone may or may not be ready for school to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 24. But, just like we can count on tourists joining us for July reds, parents can count on school starting in late August.
There are a few changes in the school district. First, we are "opening a new door in 2004" with the combined Nikiski-North Star Elementary. Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science opens on the Sears campus as the fourth charter school in the district. Many projects have been undertaken by the borough in upgrading facilities while custodial and maintenance crews continue to work to assure the buildings are in tip-top shape.
In administration, we have three new faces: Guy Fisher, assistant superintendent; Craig Johnson, principal-teacher in Seldovia; and John Michael Cook, as principal-teacher at Chapman Elementary School. Several other administrators have new assignments: Christine Ermold at Sterling; Mark Norgren at Cooper Landing-Hope-Moose Pass; Darrell Johnson at Nan-walek and Port Graham; Dan Beck as assistant principal of Homer High; Shari Conley at Nikolaevsk; and Terry Martin at Ninilchik.
Last year, the district received validation of its efforts in assisting all students to reach their highest personal potential.
This year, we will see a reemphasis on increasing options for students through distance education as well as professional development for staff. We also anticipate development of successful interventions that increase opportunities for students.
We understand that our success would not be possible without the work ethic of our students; the incredible support from parents, community members and businesses; and the awesome staff members who work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I'm so proud to be associated with this district. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Donna Peterson is the superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
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