The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District held the first of many budget meetings at 19 schools within the district on Tuesday evening.
KPBSD school principals and district leadership met with families, staff, school site councils, and the public after a live video-streamed presentation from the district to 19 school sites.
KPBSD Superintendent John O’Brien: “This budget meeting is the autumn opportunity to involve everyone in this important process. The annual budget for the district and its 42 diverse schools is the foundation for quality instruction and school culture, ensuring all learners can pursue their dreams in a rigorous, relevant, and responsive environment.”
When preparing the FY20 budget, residents asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to “step up” and help lessen the impact to local schools by funding to the max at the borough level.
Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Communications Liaison: “This year in particular we’re really focusing on site councils and everybody that has any interests in ours schools, or concerned about our school remaining high quality schools should come out to one of our site councils.”
According to Erkeneff, these meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about reductions which have been considered in the past—some implemented, some not—as well as potential new or additional revenue will be explored.
Erkeneff: “We will video stream from the district office, and then after the video stream locally at each site the principal will be meeting with the community that is gathered there for that school.”
The meeting on Tuesday was the first of many that will be hosted by the district in the coming months.
Photo provided by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District