Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Alaska

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Soldotna, AK
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Steve Atwater
Graduation rate:78.4%
Number of schools:44
Budget: $166.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jon Arness
Board members:9
Term length:3
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is a school district in Alaska that serves the Kenai Peninsula Borough. It is the fourth-largest school district in Alaska, serving 9,148 students in 44 schools with an operating budget of $166.9 million.[1]

About the district

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is located in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is located in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska. It is the fifth largest borough in Alaska, located southwest of the capital, Juneau. According to the 2010 census, Kenai Peninsula Borough is home to 55,400 residents.[2]


Kenai Peninsula Borough underperformed in comparison to the rest of Alaska in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.5% of Kenai Peninsula Borough residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.5% for Alaska as a whole.The median household income for Kenai Peninsula Borough was $59,256 compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Kenai Peninsula Borough was 9.1% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska.[2]

2010 Census Data for Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska[2]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 84.9% 67.5%
Black or African American 0.7% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7.3% 14.8%
Asian 1.3% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 1.2%
Two or more race 5.5% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 3.3% 6.1%

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Independence Party 473 3.5
Republican Party 4,479 33.8
Democratic Party 1,166 8.8
Libertarian Party 121 1.0
Constitution Party 9 0.06
Veterans Party 15 0.11
Green Party 43 0.32
Nonpartisan 2,428 18.2
Undeclared 4,563 34.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent is Dr. Steve Atwater, who has held the position since 2009. Atwater previously served the Lake and Peninsula School District in King Salmon, Alaska.

School board

The Kenai Peninsula school board is composed of nine members serving three-year terms.[5]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Dan Castimore District 1 2016
Tim Navarre District 2 2015
Joe Amess District 3 2014
Penny Vadla District 4 2014
Marty Anderson District 5 2015
Lynn Hohl District 6 2017
Sunni Hilts District 7 2017
Bill Holt District 8 2014
Sunni Hilts District 9 2015

School board elections

See also: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday in October.[5]

Public participation in board meetings

The Kenai Peninsula School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[6]

Public Participation
Because the Board has a responsibility to conduct District business in an orderly and efficient way, the following procedures shall regulate public presentations to the Board.

  • The Board shall give members of the public an opportunity to address the Board either before or during the Board's consideration of each agenda item.
  • At a time so designated on the agenda, members of the public also may bring before the Board matters that are not listed on the agenda of a regular meeting. The Board may refer such a matter to the Superintendent or take it under advisement. The matter may be placed on the agenda of a subsequent meeting for action or discussion by the Board.
  • A person wishing to be heard by the Board shall first be recognized by the president. He/she shall then identify himself/herself and proceed to comment as briefly as the subject permits.
  • With Board consent, the president may modify the time allowed for public presentation or may rule on the appropriateness of a topic. If the topic would be more suitably addressed at a later time, the president may indicate the time and place when it should be presented.
  • No oral presentation shall include charges or complaints against any employee of the Board, including the Superintendent, regardless of whether or not the employee is identified by name or by another reference which tends to identify. Charges or complaints against employees must be submitted to the Board under the provisions of Board policy and administrative regulations related to such complaints.
  • No disturbance or willful interruption of any Board meeting shall be permitted. Persistence, by an individual or group, shall be grounds for the chair to terminate the privilege of addressing the meeting. The Board may remove disruptive individuals, order the room cleared, and adjourn the meeting if necessary.



The table below displays the budget for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $92,563,665 55.4% $18,950,599 11.4% $1,045,570 0.6% $0 0% $54,373,844 32.6% $166,933,678
Averages: $92,563,665 55% $18,950,599 11% $1,045,570 1% $0 0% $54,373,844 33% $166,933,678

Teacher salaries

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employed 675 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year. This chart details teacher salaries according to the FY12 Certified Salary Schedule.[9]

Salary structure
Education achievement Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Certified $43,945 $61,847
Certified +18 $45,246 $65,076
Certified +36 or More $47,427 $66,511
Certified +54 or More $48,980 $72,393
Certified +72 or More $50,534 $78,951
Certified +90 or More $52,091 $83,486

Schools in Kenai Peninsula Borough


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District served 9,148 students during the 2010-11 school year. The district has experienced a steady decrease in enrollment between 2005 and 2011 with the exception of the 2009. The following chart details total enrollment in the district within that time span:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2004-2005 9,534
2005-2006 9,392 -1.4
2006-2007 9,388 -.04
2007-2008 9,245 -1.5
2008-2009 9,266 .2
2009-2010 9,170 -1
2010-2011 9,148 -.2

District schools

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District operates 44 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools
Name Grades
Aurora Borealis K-8
Chapman School K-8
Connections Program K-12
Cooper Landing School K-12
Fireweed Academy K-6
Homer Flex School 9-12
Homer High School 9-12
Homer Middle School 7-8
Hope School K-12
Kachemek Selo K-12
Kaleidoscope School K-6
K-Beach Elementary School K-6
Kenai Alternative School 9-12
Kenai Central High School 9-12
Kenai Middle School 6-8
Marathon School 7-12
McNeil Canyon Elementary School K-6
Moose Pass School K-8
Mountain View Elementary K-5
Nanwalek School K-12
Nikiski Middle/High School 6-12
Nikiski North Star School K-5
Nikolaevsk School K-12
Ninilchik School K-12
Paul Banks Elementary School K-2
Port Graham School K-12
Razdolna School K-12
Redoubt Elementary School K-6
River City Academy 7-12
Seward Elementary School K-6
Seward High School 9-12
Seward Middle School 7-8
Skyview High School 9-12
Soldotna Elementary School K-6
Soldotna High School 9-12
Soldotna Middle School 7-8
Soldotna Montessori School K-8
Spring Creek School 9-12
Sterling Elementary School K-6
Susan B English School K-12
Tubughna School K-12
Tustumena Elementary School K-6
Voznesenka School K-12
West Homer Elementary School 3-6

Academic Performance

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has a graduation rate of 78.4%. The 2012-2013 Standards Based Assessments (SBA) are available from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and are listed in the charts below.[12]

Standards Based Assessments

Standard Based Assessments results, 2012-2013
Subject Percent Tested (%) Advanced (%) Proficient (%) Below Proficient (%) Fair Below Proficient (%)
Reading 98.60 44.49 43.28 9.31 2.93
Writing 98.77 23.41 60.65 13.63 2.31
Mathematics 98.82 38.84 39.88 13.36 7.91
Science 92.95 35.98 35.57 17.81 10.64


Water restrictions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Kenai Central High School had hydroseed watered by the city despite residents being asked to conserve their water consumption. City manager Rick Koch has said the watering was necessary to prevent the seeds from dying. Following the expansion of water restrictions, city officials ceased the efforts to water the grass.[13]

Website evaluation

Last rated on March 9, 2013.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 10 years.[14]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[15]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[16]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for over 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for over 10 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[17]
    • Meeting podcasts are available.[18]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2001 are available.[19]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[20]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the Superintendent. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[21]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[22]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[23]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[24]

The bad


Contact information

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148 North Binkley Street
Soldotna, AK 99669
District website

External links

See also


  1. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 United States Census Bureau' "2010 Census Date" accessed August 1, 2013
  3. State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Voter Registration Statistics," accessed February 4, 2014
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, "School Board," accessed February 4, 2014
  6. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, "Board Policies," accessed February 5, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, "FY2013 Budget," accessed December 10, 2013
  9. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District "KPBSD FY12 Certified Salary Schedule" accessed August 2, 2013
  10. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, "Annual Budget," accessed August 2, 2013
  11. [ Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, "2011-2012 Straight Up Facts 44 diverse schools, 1 district," accessed August 2, 2013]
  12. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "Report Card to the Public," accessed February 5, 2014
  13. Peninsula Clarion "Kenai watering grass; officials say restrictions observed" accessed August 2, 2013
  14. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Budgets, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  15. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Staff Directory, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  16. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Elected Officials, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  17. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  18. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Meetings, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  19. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Audits, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  20. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Bids and Bid Recaps, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  21. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Public Records, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  22. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Taxes, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  23. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Assessment, Accessed: March 9, 2013
  24. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Security Check, Accessed: March 9, 2013