Kenai Peninsula Borough School District elections (2013)

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2013 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Elections

General Election date:
October 1, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Three seats on the School Board for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were up for election on October 1, 2013. Seats up for elections cover Districts 1, 6, and 9. There are nine Districts in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Each district is represented by a member, referred to as member.

Those elected to the board in 2013 are scheduled to serve three year terms.[1]

About the district

Location

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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, Anchorage. According to the 2010 census, Kenai Peninsula Borough is home to 55,400 residents.[2]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is comprised of 44 schools including 14 Elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 11 secondary schools, and 15 small schools.




Demographics

2010 Census Data for Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska[3]
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%


Kenai Peninsula Borough underperforms the rest of Alaska based on median household income, but outperforms the rest of Alaska in high school graduation rates and percentage of people below poverty level. The median household income for Kenai Peninsula Borough is $59,256 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Kenai Peninsula Borough is 9.1% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 92.4% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 91.4% of Alaska residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 23.1% of Kenai Peninsula Borough residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 27.2% for the state of Alaska.

Election history

2013

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 1, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel J. Castimore 55.3% 278
     Nonpartisan D. Shawn Hutchings 44.7% 225
Total Votes 503
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=1120336 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 6, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Hohl 97.9% 604
     Nonpartisan Write In 2.1% 13
Total Votes 617
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=1120336 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 9, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdith-Helen Hilts 95.5% 485
     Nonpartisan Write In 4.5% 23
Total Votes 508
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=1120336 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]


2012

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTim Navarre 90.1% 516
     Nonpartisan Write In 9.9% 57
Total Votes 573
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=911064 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election"]


Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Anderson 96.9% 315
     Nonpartisan Write In 3.1% 10
Total Votes 325
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=911064 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election"]


Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDowning Liz 50.4% 524
     Nonpartisan Mike Illg 49.4% 514
     Nonpartisan Write In 0.2% 2
Total Votes 1,040
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=911064 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election"]


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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board consists of nine members elected to three-year terms. All nine members of the board are elected by district. General elections take place on the first Tuesday in October. There are no primary elections. Districts 1, 6, and 9 are up for election on October 1, 2013. Districts 3, 4, and 7 are up for election on October 7, 2014. Districts 2, 5, and 8 are up for election on October 6, 2015.[5]

Candidates

What was at stake?

Three positions including the treasurer position currently held by Lynn Hohl were up for election on October 1, 2013. The most significant controversy currently facing the school district is the continued watering of Kenai Central High School's grass fields in the wake of water restrictions being placed on the general population.

Issues

Charter schools

The district has four charter schools.[6] The Aurora Borealis Charter School serves grades K-8.[7] The Fireweed Academy serves grades 3 through 6 and focuses on reading, writing and problem solving.[8] The Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences serves approximately 250 students in grades K through 6.[9] It focuses on science and the arts by using the philosophy that students learn best through hands-on practice.[10] The Soldotna Montessori Charter School serves grades K through 6.[11]

Home school program

The district offers a homeschool program, Connections, which serves approximately 950 students.[12] Connections offers staff to help parents with curricular development and provides students with a computer.[13]

Campaign Finance

As of August 2, 2013, no campaign donations have been reported to the Alaska Secretary of State.[14]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District election in 2013:[15]

Deadline Event
July 8, 2013 Candidacy forms available
August 1, 2013 Opening of filing period
August 15, 2013 Close of filing period
September 1, 2013 Last day to register to vote
September 16, 2013 Absentee ballots available
October 1, 2013 Election Day

Additional measures on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with other local elections including Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly as well as local medical, fire, hospital, flood, emergency, and recreational boards.[16]

See also

External links

References