Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Eric Pedersen, principal of Paul Banks Elementary School, speaks during a budget meeting hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Meetings on school budget, board vacancy this week

The budget meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. School board to meet Wednesday to discuss board vacancy.

Parents, staff and community members are invited to give their input in the district’s budget process.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold public budget meetings at 19 different schools on Tuesday night to discuss the district’s annual budget process. Next year’s budget is currently being built and parents, staff and community members can attend Tuesday’s meeting to learn how they advocate for matters most to them, a Nov. 5 press release from the district said.

“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,” the release from the district said.

The meetings will begin at 6 p.m., and school principals and district leadership will help facilitate the meetings, which will include a live video-streamed presentation from the district.

Information on the district’s budget can be found on its website at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

School sites will be established at Aurora Borealis Charter School, Chapman School, Cooper Landing School, Homer Middle School, Hope School, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Kenai Central High School, Moose Pass School, Nanwalek School, Nikiski Middle-High School, Nikolaevsk School, Ninilchik School, Port Graham School, Seward Elementary, Soldotna High School, Sterling Elementary, Susan B. English School, Tebughna School and Tustumena Elementary.

Emergency meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to address a vacancy on the board.

Due to “unforeseen circumstances,” newly elected school board candidate Martha Fleming of Seward will not be taking her seat on the school board this year.

The board will hold an emergency special meeting to address the vacant District 6 seat, which represents the eastern peninsula.

Once a vacancy is announced, the school board can proceed to open up the application period for prospective appointees.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a qualified voter of the State of Alaska and a resident of the Kenai Peninsula and District 6 for at least 180 days.

Applications will be due by Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.

During a special meeting on Nov. 26, the board will interview applicants and select and seat an appointee to fill the District 6 position until the next regular municipal election in October 2020.

The emergency meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.

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