District gets ready for school year

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Shopping for kids’ school supplies and back-to-school clothes are not the only things keeping people busy this week as school is about to start on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson has outlined a long list of projects for district administration and the school board, as well.

Conducting a public relations campaign, implementing the new charter schools policy and helping poor achievers graduate are among the 36 work plans to be undertaken in the coming year.

In a memo to the board of education, Peterson said the work plans help the district’s leadership team manage goals and major initiatives of the district as well as naming a contact person for each plan.

Most of the work plans are to be carried out by school district staffers, but many are actually goals of the school board, which will be coordinated by Peterson.

One board goal is stated simply as “public relations.”

In the work plan, board members are asked to establish protocols for working with community organizations as ambassadors, delivering positive messages about schools.

Members are asked to write letters thanking groups for positive contributions, establish partnerships that enhance support for schools and take an active role as advocates for district employees.

Assistant Schools Superintendent Glen Szymoniak is being asked to implement the charter schools policy.

He is to review policy language regarding projected enrollment to clarify the importance of deadlines to the sharing of facilities by charter schools and neighborhood schools.

According to the work plan, it will be the responsibility of the board’s oversight committee to review multiyear contract proposals and student performance data.

A work plan entitled, “Performance High School, Credit Recovery,” is not a high school at all, according to Peterson.

The project is designed to assist high school students who are not doing well. The work plan calls for developing standards and curriculum that allow the students to graduate based on meeting those standards.

To help students prepare to work in area industry, one work plan calls for hiring and training a Work Force Development Center instructor to teach classes, including metal fabrication, building trades and courses in mining, process technology and industrial safety.

Other work plans focus on language arts curriculum for grades seven to 12th, language arts curriculum implementation for grades kindergarten through sixth and math curriculum development for kindergarten through 12th grade.

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