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Three cities, three decades, three leaders: KPSBD graduate #inspirations

January 16, 2019

Good things come in threes, and on the Kenai Peninsula, this week the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District celebrates and introduces you to three graduates who now manage three of the largest cities in the Borough spanning 25,600 square miles. Meet Katie Koester [Homer High School Class of 1998] Homer City Manager Paul Ostrander [Soldotna […]

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Superintendent Sean Dusek announces retirement

January 15, 2019

News Release  On Monday, January 14, 2019, Superintendent of Schools Sean Dusek tendered his resignation and retirement, effective June 30, 2019. The resignation and retirement letter is posted in the online Board of Education packet, and this action was approved during the Monday evening public school board meeting. In his words “I am very grateful […]

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KPBSD Inspiration: Kersten Gomez, Soldotna High School #ClassOf1998

January 9, 2019

KPBSD Inspiration, Kersten (Petersen) Gomez, Soldotna High School Class of 1998 “I was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD) as a child, struggled with academics, and was bullied. This took a toll on my self-esteem. I was afraid to put myself out there and try anything new out of a fear of failing and being ridiculed.” […]

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New in 2019: Testify at a School Board meeting from Homer or Seward

December 20, 2018

News Release New in 2019: Testify at a School Board meeting from Homer or Seward Sign up no later than 3:00 PM the Friday prior to a Board of Education meeting to guarantee the remote site will be open and staffed. Soldotna, December 20, 2018—The KPBSD Board of Education will open two additional locations for […]

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KPBSD Inspiration, Homer High School Salmon Sisters

December 19, 2018

KPBSD Graduate Inspiration Homer High School | Claire (Laukitis) Neaton (2008) and Emma Teal Laukitis (2009) #SalmonSisters   “Growing up in a small town in Alaska, it is sometimes difficult to know how different life can be outside the state. We both ended up going to college on the East Coast because people in our […]

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Flex day: 215 Hours of Community Service Learning

December 18, 2018

215 Hours of Community Service Learning in Skyview Middle School Flex Day I.N.S.P.I.R.I.N.G. rippled throughout Kasilof, Soldotna, and Sterling on Thursday, December 14, 2018, when Skyview Middle School students assisted in elementary schools, at the Food Bank, visited Kenai Peninsula College, and visited local Soldotna businesses. Principal Sarge Truesdell explained, “The Skyview Middle school staff […]

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KPBSD Inspiration, Kristin (Beck) Bates, Seward High School #ClassOf2004

December 12, 2018

“A combination of opportunities I had while attending Seward schools sent me into a salmon spiral,” said Kristin Beck Bates, a Seward High graduate who attended Nikiski Elementary, K-Beach Elementary, Seward Elementary, Seward Middle School, and graduated in 2004. KPBSD Inspiration, Kristin (Beck) Bates, Seward High School #ClassOf2004 Kristin, now the hatchery manager at Trail […]

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Forty-three free public school choices in KPBSD

December 11, 2018

KPBSD: One district, 43 diverse schools Parents and schools share equally valuable roles in education. Parents and guardians are more than volunteers; they are part of a school’s learning community. Students and parents both have enormous influence in the quality of a child’s education. Research shows that parents and teachers build partnerships that help children […]

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Community partnerships: a habitat for learning

December 7, 2018

Tebughna School students bundled up to wade the frosty streams of Tyonek in exploration of baby salmon habitat. Just outside their school building, juvenile salmon flourish in small streams and ponds before heading out to the saltwater to hopefully later return as big, delicious table fare. In a partnership with Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula (PGKP) […]

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KPBSD Inspiration: Jeffrey Dolifka, Class Of 2006

December 5, 2018

“Take risks and don’t be afraid of failure,” says attorney Jeffrey Dolifka, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Class of 2006, Skyview High School. “I wish I had figured that out a lot earlier in my life.” He’s been in the courtroom since he was five, when he’d accompany his father, and sit beneath a table, […]

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