October Board of Education meeting and worksessions

School Board Public Involvement Opportunities

2019-10-7 BOE monthly meeting

Monday, October 7, 2019
Borough Administration Building
148 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669
Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers

Committee Meetings – Redoubt Conference Room
12:30 p.m. Policy Review Committee
12:45 p.m. Information Committee
1:45 p.m. Charter School Advisory Committee

Work Sessions – Assembly Chambers
2:45 p.m. 2020 State and Federal Legislative Priorities and 2019 AASB Resolutions
3:30 p.m. Threat Assessment Update
4:00 p.m. Social Studies Curriculum
4:30 p.m. Board Discussion
AASB Annual Conference
Board Health Care

6:00 p.m. Monthly Board Meeting*
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna
Streamed live: http://bit.ly/KPBSDschoolboard
Online documents: http://bit.ly/BoardDocsKPBSD

Meeting Schedule: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Quarterly Work Session
Donald E. Gilman River Center
9:30 a.m. FY19, FY20 and FY 21 Budget Process
10:30 a.m. Strategic Plan Update
11:00 a.m. Project GRAD
11:30 a.m. Community Partners Lunch

9/17/19 Collective Bargaining Signed Tentative Agreement

9/17/19 Collective Bargaining Signed Tentative Agreement (TA) between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) and the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) & the Kenai Peninsula Borough Education Support Association (KPESA)

Document: September 17, 2019 Collective Bargaining Signed Tentative Agreement

September 17, 2019 News Release: Tentative Agreement Reached between KPBSD and KPEA & KPESA Associations

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Tentative Agreement reached | KPBSD schools will open on 2-hour delay start

News Release, September 17, 2019

2019-09-17 logos for news releaseTentative Agreement reached between KPBSD and KPEA & KPESA
All 42 KPBSD schools will open with a two-hour delay start on September 17, 2019*

Soldotna, September 17, 2019—At 1:37 AM, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD), the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA) reached a Tentative Agreement, for a three year contract for the time period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

*All 42 KPBSD schools will open with a two-hour delay start on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Student absences will be excused—simply call the school. Buses will run two hours later than usual in the morning. Sports and after-school activities will take place on a normal Tuesday schedule.

“After months of hard work and strained emotions the bargaining teams came together tonight in the spirit of compromise,” said Superintendent John O’Brien. “Together we can all now focus on our core mission: educating the children of the Kenai. I look forward to working together with our staff and this community to advocate for public education on behalf of our students. Together we will continue to innovate and lead our state with the high quality of education we provide to our students.”

“Working together, we were able to find a creative solution with the District that will keep kids in class and educators working,” said Anne McCabe, President of KPESA. “This process has drawn on for nearly two years and I’m pleased that we’ve reached a tentative agreement that values our educators and the students they work with every day.”

“This tentative agreement represents a big step forward for everyone working to improve the lives of Kenai Peninsula students,” said David Brighton, KPEA President. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done, and I’m pleased that we are able to find a compromise with the District.”

“I am extremely pleased that both negotiating teams have reached an agreement and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District can get back to doing what it does best: educating our students through the many quality programs and activities it has put in place and preparing them for their future,” said Penny Vadla, Board of Education President. “We, as a board, are looking forward to a bright future.”

Details will be posted on the KPBSD Collective Bargaining webpage and the KPEA-KPESA.org later in the day on Tuesday.

Document: September 17, 2019 Collective Bargaining Signed Tentative Agreement

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2019-09-17 Tentative Agreement Reached

9/16/19: KPBSD Message to Parents and Guardians

Monday, September 16, 2019KPBSD logo
KPBSD communications sent this message via email to all KPBSD parents and guardians via student contact information in PowerSchool.

Dear KPBSD parents and guardians,

Good evening, I know you are all waiting to learn if a Tentative Agreement has been reached, and if school will be in session on Tuesday. Tonight the school board began a special board meeting at 6:00 PM, and is still executive session. At 9:30 PM, the District team presented a Package Proposal to KPEA and KPESA bargaining teams and the Associations are currently reviewing it. It is likely bargaining will continue late into the evening, so at this time, plan for no school on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

We will send you an update when further information is available.

This evening KPBSD posted resources for activities on our Facebook page, and community partners and members are adding additional offerings in the comments. This is your link:
KPBSD celebrates the sources of strength offered in community resources rising up to assist our families and youth.

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Community Resources for parents and youth #ThankYou

Sources of StrengthKPBSD celebrates the sources of strength offered in our communities who are rising up to assist our families and youth. #ThankYou

*Kindly add resources you know about in the comments on @KPBSD Facebook. KPBSD is continuing to receive additional places and groups and will add to this post.

Community Resources
KPBSD posts fliers as a community service. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement of the content or viewpoints expressed therein.

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
Will offer kid friendly lunches in the Fireweed Dining Room and extend hours, if necessary, and will offer dinners with the funds have available to provide evening meals: 1 hour serving time and simple meals. The Food Bank will also put together food packages that can be used for lunches at home–bread, peanut butter, etc. For more information please contact: 262-3111.

Kenai and Soldotna activities in support of parents and youth:

Orca Theater
Finding Nemo at Noon on Tuesday, $3 admission per person
Keep checking the Facebook page. Will be adjusting show times and movies depending on how the strike goes.

Jumpin’ Junction AK
$2 off bounce, golf or Virtual Reality for school aged kids, K-12. Normally closed on Mondays, but will be open on Mondays through the strike to offer an exercise and activity option for kids.

Kenai Little League Baseball:
Fall Ball will still proceed as planned as it is not connected with the school nor is it on school property.

River City Cheer & Gymnastics Day Camp staring 9/17 until classes resume. Full day 8-5 $75; 1/2 day 8-12:30 or 12:30 -5 $40. Member rates: Full day $65, 1/2 day $35. Limited space, register early. frontdesk@rivercity.net; 260-9990, For more information: www.rivercitycheer.net or visit us on FaceBook.

Sterling
Solid Rock Bible Camp
Solid Rock is planning Day Camps!
• When: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 17-18. 8:00-5:00 (extended hours available)
• Who: Munchkins (K-2 grade) and Juniors (3-6 grade).
• Cost: $30/day plus $5 each for extended hours. Second child discounts available.
• Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and lots of fun!
Like and follow our Facebook page for updates! Registration will open Monday, September 16, at noon. Go to our website to register. www.solidrockbiblecamp.com
The fine print:
• Because this is primarily offered to meet the needs of families affected by the KPBSD Teachers’ Strike, we ask that homeschool families and those unaffected by the strike not to register. You can ask to be put on the waiting list!
• If a bargain is reached before Tuesday, the day camp will be cancelled.
• Because of the uncertainty regarding the duration of the strike, kids with food allergies will need to bring their own meals.
• Children need to be able to use the bathroom unassisted.
• We will be outside, rain or shine so kids must bring everything on the gear list (found in the comments below and when you register).
• Is your child in Jr. High or High School and has worked at Solid Rock in the summer? Let us know if they can help!

Kenai/Soldotna/Sterling/Nikiski child care:
Kenai Fellowship:
A team of volunteers in place at Kenai Fellowship mile 8.5 Spur Hwy from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday with a mini VBS snacks lunch and safe place for parents in need. We can manage 30 kids and will be praying for an end to the strike. If there are parents in need of child care or interested helpers (must have background check verification from a church or other reputable organization on the peninsula), contact Deanna 953-2834.

Homer:
Paul Banks PTA organized a Pop-Up childcare K-2. Looking for volunteers to sign up: https://signup.com/…/invitation2/secure/2960306/false

City of Homer Parks & Recreation Community Recreation will have extended hours activities at the SPARC for kids, 9 AM – 1 PM.

Homer Public Library is adding extra programs and continuing their summertime bagged food program with the Homer Food Pantry

The Kevin Bell Arenda is adding extra hours for open skate

Check www.KBayAHA.com for more info on these and other options in the Southern Kenai Peninsula area

Nikiski:
The Compass Coffeehouse
During the upcoming school closure, The Compass Coffeehouse and The Compass Drop-In will be open as usual:
Sunday: Closed
Monday-Friday: Coffeehouse 6:30am-1:30 pm; Drop-In 2:30-6:00 pm.
Saturday: Coffeehouse 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m; Drop-In closed

Nikiski Nazarene Church:
In response to the incredible need for families to provide solutions for children during school closures, Nikiski Church of the Nazarene is offering a Day Camp (VBS-style) from 8:30am-4:00pm starting Tuesday.
Nikiski Church of the Nazarene is planning Day Camp
(Vacation Bible School-style)
• When: Starting Tuesday, September 17-18. 8:30-4:00 (extended hours unavaialble)
• Who: K-5th Grade
• Cost: Free
• Includes: All activities, crafts, and snacks
• EXCLUDES: Lunch. Please provide a sack lunch for your child that is CLEARLY marked with their name. A freezer, refrigerator, & microwave will be available with adult assistance. Please ensure the lunch is PEANUT-FREE as we are not able to make special accommodations for allergies.
See our Facebook page for updates! Registration will open Monday, September 17, at 6:00pm at www.nikiski.church.
The fine print:
• Because this is primarily offered to meet the needs of families affected by the closure of schools, we ask that homeschool families and those unaffected by the strike not to register. You can ask to be put on the waiting list!
• If a bargain is reached before Tuesday, the day camp will be cancelled.
• Because of the uncertainty regarding the duration of the strike, kids with food allergies will need to bring their own snacks & meals.
• Children need to be able to use the bathroom unassisted.
• We will be outside, rain or shine so kids must bring everything on the gear list.
Space is extremely limited.
We are only able to accommodate 30 children for Tuesday, September 17, 2019. This number may be updated on additional days depending on background checked/ abuse trained volunteers.
Only those who have successfully completed the online registration are secured a spot.
Please do not attempt to DROP-IN if no online regisytration spots are available.
If you do not plan to participate after registering, please contact us ASAP to allow space for another child.
No shows directly impact another family’s ability to participate.

City of Homer opportunities

Nikiski

9/15/19: KPBSD message to parents about emergency school closure

Sunday, September 15, 2019KPBSD logo
KPBSD communications sent this message via emnail to all KPBSD parents and guardians via student contact information in PowerSchool.

Dear KPBSD parents and guardians,

We hear your concerns and care for all of our schools and communities. It’s Sunday evening, and all KPBSD schools will open Monday, September 16, 2019, on a normal schedule.

The school district team worked throughout the weekend, and will continue to work with KPEA and KPESA to reach a Tentative Agreement that would prevent or end this strike. Monday evening the Board of Education will meet in executive session to discuss employee contract negotiations.

We have received questions about how you will learn if the strike will happen, or how schools will be reopened during a work stoppage.

Please prepare for a work stoppage and emergency school closure slated to begin Tuesday, September 17, 2019. A strike will continue until a Tentative Agreement is reached between the school district and the KPEA and KPESA associations. When a Tentative Agreement is reached, we will communicate with everyone through all KPBSD platforms about the opening of schools. On Monday:

  • Make sure that your child takes home any personal belongings he or she may want, and that you pick up any medications from the school nurse.
  • If you have updates to your contact information in PowerSchool, talk to your school secretary, and make sure to opt-in to receive text messages from KPBSD. Simply text “Yes” or “Y” to 67587 to receive text messages to your PowerSchool mobile contact.

Monday may be challenging for you and your family with the unknown about school being in session on Tuesday or in coming days. We will continue to provide you with daily updates every evening, and as soon as a Tentative Agreement is reached.

Links:

*The KPEA and KPESA association presidents sent an email to the superintendent of schools the evening of September 13, 2019 giving 72 hours’ notice about a work stoppage beginning September 17, 2019. Read the email letter.

9/14/19: KPBSD message to parents about Emergency Schools Closure

Saturday, September 14, 2019KPBSD logo
KPBSD communications sent this message to all KPBSD parents and guardians via student contact information in PowerSchool.

Dear KPBSD parents and guardians,

I am writing to let you know that beginning Tuesday, September 17, 2019*, all 42 schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed until a Tentative Agreement is reached between the school district and the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA).

I want you to know that the school district bargaining team will continue to work with KPEA and KPESA to reach a Tentative Agreement that would end this strike.

You will receive daily updates through your contact information in PowerSchool.

It is important for you to know these things now:

Read: What will happen if there is a strike in the KPBSD?

On Monday, September 16, 2019, all KPBSD schools will be open on a normal schedule.

  • Make sure that your child takes home any personal belongings, and that you pick up any medications from the school nurse.
  • Make any updates to your contact information in PowerSchool with the school secretary, and make sure to opt-in to receive text messages from KPBSD. Simply text “Yes” or “Y” to 67587 to receive text messages to your PowerSchool mobile contact.

Beginning Tuesday, September 17, 2019, all KPBSD schools will be closed during the strike and emergency schools closure.

The duration of the emergency schools closure is unknown, and you will receive daily updates and progress, starting with this message, until the work stoppage ends.

The school district is very aware that this is a challenging and difficult time for everyone, especially our families. The district values all our teachers and support staff, and is working intently to create a solution to bring these negotiations to a closure and return to our primary mission to educate your child.

Links:

*The KPEA and KPESA association presidents sent an email to the superintendent of schools the evening of September 13, 2019 giving 72 hours’ notice about a work stoppage beginning September 17, 2019. Read the email letter.

2019-09-17 Emergency Schools Closure

News Release: KPBSD receives 72-hour work stoppage notice

KPEA and KPESA announce, “Kenai Educators Will Strike on Tuesday, September 17”KPBSD logo

Soldotna, September 13, 2019—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) received notification tonight that, “the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association intend to commence a work stoppage on September 17, 2019 at 6:30 a.m.” A work stoppage will trigger an Emergency Schools Closure of every KPBSD school.*

The District was caught by surprise with the 72-hour strike notice Friday evening because this afternoon the Associations’ spokesperson and District spokesperson were communicating with the fact that the District was preparing a counter-offer that would meet the cost concerns of salary and health care. The counter-offer would have potentially resulted in a Tentative Agreement.

On Saturday, the District will begin daily communications with families and staff about what to expect and how to prepare for the emergency schools closure that is slated to begin on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The emergency schools closure will continue until a Tentative Agreement is reached between the Associations and District.

Links

2019-09-13 Work Stoppage Notice to KPBSD

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Collective Bargaining Update: September 13, 2019

News Release: KPBSD logo

Collective Bargaining Update: September 13, 2019 

Soldotna, September 13, 2019—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) has requested additional information related to the September 12, 2019, offer from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA).

The Associations’ included new retroactivity language in their health care proposal, and the requested information is for their method of calculating additional projected costs to the District. The District will be analyzing and reviewing those costs and intends to develop a counter-offer to bridge the health care divide.

Link: Collective bargaining webpage with proposals, meeting times, and handouts

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9/12/19 Collective Bargaining: KPBSD offer to KPEA and KPESA

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September 12, 2019 Collective Bargaining Update: KPBSD offer to KPEA and KPESA

Soldotna, September 12, 2019—This evening at bargaining, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) presented a new offer to the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA) that offers fair salary increases and provides our employees additional money to address ongoing health care cost concerns. KPEA and KPESA offered a counter proposal to KPBSD that the District is evaluating. Links to the 9/12/19 offers are at the end of this information about the KPBSD offer to KPEA and KPESA:

 

  1. This evening, the District offered to help reduce the health care contributions of its employees by depositing $918,748 into the employees’ health care reserve (savings) account. An account controlled by the employee representatives on the health care program committee. This additional amount of money is beyond what the independent Arbitrator recommended. This deposit is $250,000 more than the District’s August 24, 2019 offer.

 

  1. This evening, the District offered to further increase its current contributions to the cost of health insurance by $3,600 per year per employee health plan member. Also not part of the Arbitrator’s recommendations, and $1,800 per year per employee health plan member more than the District’s August 24, 2019 offer. This portion of the District’s health care offer is an additional $859,186 more than the District’s August 24, 2019 offer.

 

  1. The Arbitrator, after two days of hearings and hundreds of pages of exhibits, concluded, “The evidence is irrefutable that it is costing [the District] more to provide health care coverage…than virtually all of the other comparable Districts.”

 

  1. The Arbitrator also recognized that the District’s employees are paying higher costs than those comparable Districts as well. She concluded that “This is reflective of numerous factors, not limited to the levels of coverage, the utilization of benefits, age of the workforce, access to care, and importantly, the inability to spread costs and risk over a larger population.” The District is not a contributing factor to the employees’ higher medical costs.

 

  1. This evening, the District’s offer continued to follow the recommendations of the independent Arbitrator by increasing the KPEA and KPESA salary schedules by 3.5% over the FY19-FY21 duration of the Negotiated Agreement.

 

  1. In addition, the District’s offer continued the Arbitrator’s recommendation that employees without access to higher salary schedule steps or the availability of a new column, receive up to an additional 3.5% salary increase over those fiscal years honoring their longevity with the District.

 

  1. The salary schedule increases are in addition to automatic step increases built into those schedules for eligible employees. Those increases average 4.98% per year for KPESA, and 2.67% per year for KPEA.

 

  1. Only the District, through its elected Board of Education, can balance District’s revenues and expenditures to ensure that the highest quality educational programs are provided. Over the years, heart-wrenching decisions have been made by the Board to close schools and eliminate positions, among other things, to balance the District’s budget. The Board will be facing those decisions again in this next budget cycle.

Following the 9/12/19 District offer, KPEA and KPESA presented a counter offer that the District is evaluating.

Links

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