Online options available for the first time

  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:54pm
  • News

For the first time this year, parents can pay for their students’ meals and activity fees online.

The option is being offered to make it easier to add money to accounts held with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

“Many people prefer to use credit or debit cards to make purchases, rather than carrying cash or keeping track of a checkbook,” said school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff. “An online payment option is very convenient… and is trustworthy in that the person making the payment knows with certainty the payment has been made, and that a check or cash is not lost in transit to the school.”

All district schools offer electronic payments for meals, while six accept activity fees, Erkeneff said. The rest are individually implementing the service, she said.

The schools that don’t yet accept online payments for activity fees are in the process of making it an option, Erkeneff said. For meals, when a payment is made in the morning it is available for the student at lunchtime the same day, she said.

Everything went smoothly this spring when schools gave the new system a try for the first time, Erkeneff said. Kenai Central High School and Ninilchik School were the pilot schools for fee payments when they were offered for the first time in April, she said.

Parent requests have been the driving force behind expanding payment options, Erkeneff said. The school district’s finance and information technology departments collaborated to make online payments a possibility, she said.

There is a 3.61 percent processing fee calculated on all payments, Erkeneff said. The fee is from the company RevTrak, the program used to process the payments, and is not a source of revenue for the district, she said.

Payments can be made on the school district’s website through the Online Payments link in the Students-Parents tab, the online PowerSchool parent portal, and through the Online Payments icon on the school district’s mobile application, Erkeneff said.

Reach Kelly Sullivan at

More in News

Genna Stormer gives Santa a hug during Christmas Comes to Nikiski at the Nikiski Community Recreation Center on Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
December brings the holiday cheer

Groups across the peninsula get into the spirit of the season with public events.

Students from Tustamena Elementary School join classes from around the central Kenai Peninsula for a day of ice fishing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Sport Lake on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Fish and Game dives into ice fishing

The department hosted an online forum with tips on the winter sport.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai council set to decide on planning and zoning remote access rules

The legislation being considered, if approved, would replace the word “telephonic” with “remote electronic.”

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State cases remain low; 2 deaths reported

Statewide there were 85 COVID-related hospitalizations as of Tuesday, with nine patients on ventilators.

Kathy Romain, the executive director of the Kenai Senior Center, hosts a reception on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 to celebrate the facility’s 50 years in Kenai, Alaska. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Kenai loves its seniors’

Kenai Senior Center celebrates 50 years

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation building in October 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Study: PFD increases spending on kids among low-income families

New study looks at PFD spending by parents

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Statewide COVID cases continue drop

On Monday, Alaska’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 people was 268.6.

Anne Zink, Alaska chief medical officer, participates in a briefing with Department of Health and Social Services officials to discuss the rise of the omicron variant of the corona virus, on Nov. 29, 2021. (screenshot)
Omicron ‘an animal of its own’

State health officials emphasize unknowns, prevention measures in wake of new coronavirus variant spread.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. The Kenai City Council voted during its Oct. 20 meeting to postpone the legislation approving grant funds after members of the community raised concerns about what books would be purchased with the money, as well as the agency awarding the grant. The council will reconsider the legislation on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai council to consider library grant again

The council earlier voted to postpone the legislation after concerns were raised about what books would be purchased.

Most Read