Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Last week, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, introduced a constitutional amendment guaranteeing early funding for state K-12 public education. Several state entities and peninsula educators testified during the Senate Education Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Homer, in support of Senate Joint Resolution 9 Thursday morning. The resolution would require … Continue reading Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Borough asks to keep oil and gas property tax funds

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion The Kenai Peninsula Borough unanimously passed a resolution at the March 5 borough meeting to support modifying two bills that would allow the state to retain tax funds from borough oil and gas properties. Senate Bill 57 and House Bill 59 would repeal the levy of tax by municipalities … Continue reading Borough asks to keep oil and gas property tax funds

Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Originally published in The Spenardian. Sitting in the Koot’s parking lot is arguably one of the largest — both physically and figuratively — symbols of Spenard. The ornamental windmill, decorated with lights of green, red and white looms over the neighborhood. “I didn’t think it would become the icon it is today,” former owner of … Continue reading Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Borough to ask state to support local college

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion A resolution asking the state to continue funding the Kenai Peninsula College will be introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget has reduced the University of Alaska’s budget by more than 40 percent. Such a cut would result in several campus closures, including a … Continue reading Borough to ask state to support local college

School board proposes FY 2020 budget

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones announced the school district’s preliminary FY 2020 budget at a special Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meeting Thursday. Jones said the budget is based on status quo flat funding from the state using the base student allocation, last year’s one-time funding appropriated … Continue reading School board proposes FY 2020 budget

District begins search for new superintendent

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has begun its search for a new superintendent. The current superintendent, Sean Dusek, tendered his resignation last month after serving as the district’s leader for nearly five years. Dusek will leave the district June 30. According to a press release from the district, … Continue reading District begins search for new superintendent

Kenai citizens weigh in on budget cuts, tax hikes

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion At the Kenai Senior Center, the city of Kenai invited the community to come together Tuesday night to discuss the city’s budget and what services are most important to them. City Manager Paul Ostrander said it was the first time the city put on such an event. The event … Continue reading Kenai citizens weigh in on budget cuts, tax hikes