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Board of Education wraps up business

Posted: Thursday, October 09, 2003

The 2002-03 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education officially completed the last of its business Monday night prior to the election of new board members.

According to minutes from the meeting, which was held in Seward, Superintendent Donna Peterson started the evening with a word of thanks to outgoing school board President Joe Arness and member Al Poindexter.

"On behalf of the administration, I thanked Mr. Poindexter and Mr. Arness for their years of service," Peterson said during a phone interview Tuesday. "As an administration, we're much more involved with the president. (Arness) has provided a lot of years of service and advice.

"In his comments, he said we were the premier administration in the state and one of his best accomplishments was working with me to become superintendent. I almost lost it," she said, explaining that Arness was one of the people who encouraged her to pursue the post.

"To be sitting there five years (later), bidding him goodbye it was a moment," Peterson said. "An era is coming to an end, as Dr. (Nels) Anderson continued to say all night."

Arness has served on the board for more than 10 years, while Poindexter joined three years ago. Neither opted to run for another term on the board this year.

New school board members, elected Tuesday, will be seated at the next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Soldotna. Officers for the 2003-04 year will be elected at that time.

Also Monday night, a student representative was appointed to the board.

Patrick Tilbury, a junior at Ninilchik School, started working for the position a year ago, according to an introduction written by Patty Tilbury, the school secretary (and Patrick's mother), with input from school principal, Mike Wetherbee.

"He has respect for the tenacity and endurance one must develop to become a productive member of our society," they wrote. "One year ago, he set his sight on the very position he is now welcomed to.

"(He) is a fine example of our peninsula's developing future leaders. He is excited to represent the students of our district on this school board. A desire to learn and then share accurate information is his key interest in this position."

Tilbury, a lifelong Ninilchik resident, has a respect for a rural lifestyle and the opportunities it presents, his mother said. He enjoys hunting, fishing and boating, as well as visiting local sites such as the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Pratt Museum in Homer.

He also is a strong student, excelling in science, math and history. He has participated in the National Ocean Bowl Competition and the Team America Rocket Challenges and recently was invited to the NASA Headquarters at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

He also has held a job with Deep Creek Custom Packing for the last several summers and enjoys basketball and weight lifting.

Tilbury plans to attend college after his graduation from Ninilchik and pursue a career in a science field.

As a student representative, Tilbury will have an advisory vote on all board actions and will be responsible for acting as a liaison between the board and the students it serves.

Monday night, the board also approved the preliminary schedule for the 2004-05 budget process. The initial parts of the process identifying current enrollment and setting enrollment predictions for coming years started this month. In November, a call will go out for prospective budget review committee members, and the school board will set staffing formulas.

In January, the board will conduct work sessions on the budget, and the budget review committee and members of the public will have opportunities to present input. In February, work sessions will continue, and the budget is scheduled to be voted on by the school board in April and the borough assembly in June.

In other business Monday, the board:

Approved a list of primary and alternative members in charge of gaming for schools applying for gaming permits;

Approved the adoption of Administrative Resolution 6183 Alternative High Schools, which establishes alternative programs and provides for staffing, and Board Policies 6183 Alternative High Schools and 6184 Secondary Program and Adaptation, which will allow more flexibility in meeting needs of students who experience difficulties in traditional school settings;

Approved tentative nontenure teacher assignments for Kristina Salness, Title I teacher, Kenai Alternative High School; Patricia Truesdell, social studies teacher, Ninilchik School; and Janice Waldron, Title V reading teacher, Soldotna Middle School;

Approved long-term substitute teacher contracts for Teresa Kiffmeyer, sixth grade, Redoubt Elementary School; and Paula Standefer, Quest teacher, Soldotna Middle School;

Accepted the resignation of Brenda Williamson, intensive needs specialist at Soldotna High School, effective Oct. 17; and

Approved revisions to Administrative Resolution 3451 Petty Cash Funds increasing the maximum amount allowed for petty cash expenditures to $150. The reason for the revision is to allow schools flexibility to refund cocurricular activity participation fees, which increased this year.



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