School board continues to look at after-school programs for youth

Cocurricular activities spotlighted

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2004

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education members today will continue work to evaluate the district's cocurricular activities programs.

The school board will hold a work session on activities at 3:30 p.m., prior to the general board meeting tonight. The session is expected to include a detailed review of the background of the activities program and past efforts to study its funding.

The review came about after the district attempted to organize a third task force to study cocurricular activities in four years. While board members said they believe programs such as sports, music and clubs provide valuable opportunities for students, cocurricular activities long have been threatened by belt-tightening in the district budget.

Two tasks forces one in 2000 and one in 2003 have been assembled to study the programs, and the 2003 task force was responsible for last October's ballot measure seeking approval to fund activities through the borough. That measure failed, putting cocurricular funding back on the table.

Board members said at an August meeting that before convening yet another task force, they needed to better understand how the program works in order to set clear goals and directions for a volunteer group studying the program.

Assistant Superintendent Guy Fisher prepared a lengthy memo, outlining the recent history of cocurricular task forces and answering frequently asked questions about the programs, such as how booster club funds, student participation fees and event admission charges are used.

That memo will be presented to board members tonight, as they work to decide the next step in the effort to evaluate cocurricular activities programs and funding.

Also on the board's agenda is a 2:30 p.m. work session reviewing this year's Association of Alaska School Boards' resolutions. The association develops a number of goals and issue stances, which are voted on by members and lobbied by the association.

At 4:30 p.m., the board will hear a presentation on, and at 5 p.m., members will discuss the district's career and technical education curriculum.

The general board meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include relatively standard actions. Board members officially will act on teacher placements (most of which have been in place since classes started late last month), resignations and a name change for the Homer Aquatic Center. They also will vote on the AASB resolutions discussed in the afternoon and on a resolution nominating board member Sammy Crawford to the AASB board of directors.

All board meetings and work sessions are held in the assembly chambers at the Borough Building in Soldotna. They are open to the public. Work sessions are listen-only, while public comment is taken during designated segments of the general meeting.

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