Voices of the Peninsula: Congratulations to peninsula’s class of 2018

We have come to the end of a productive year in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. I am very proud of our staff and students, and especially for their individual accomplishments that are often not known to others outside of close family and friends.

The Class of 2018 graduates are enrolled in a wide variety of postsecondary institutions, ranging from the University of Alaska to Duke University to West Point. Graduates enlist in the military and set off to boot camp this summer to continue to serve their communities. Industry certifications have been earned, and many thousands of dollars of scholarships awarded.

We see how many of our students contribute back to our local communities through service projects that make our hometowns a better place and make the peninsula an attractive place to live.

This is only possible because of the support from our communities, the state and the borough. Without a commitment from the Alaska Legislature to forward fund public education, the school district would see staff reductions that would negatively impact classrooms. Thank you to Sens. Peter Micciche, and Gary Stevens, and Reps. Mike Chenault, Gary Knopp, Paul Seaton and Louise Stutes for your unwavering support of the students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The borough is currently working toward a long-term plan to provide certainty to our schools. I believe our borough assembly and administration are working hard to develop a sustainable funding plan that will benefit our children and their future. Some tough decisions will need to be made and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District stands ready to work with the borough in making these decisions.

The school district has shared our budget issues – with more than $8 million in direct reductions over the past few years – and we have made tough decisions to provide the best possible instructional system for our students.

Of course, parents and the community are crucial partners in the success of our schools. Involved parents and community members create opportunities for students.

This school year, 3,781 volunteers served in our schools. Support comes in many forms and the most valuable is engagement. When you ask questions, partner with teachers and schools, advocate and provide your time and expertise, you are offering the best form of support our students need in order to prepare for life. We greatly appreciate everything that parents and communities do to help us get our students ready for their future.

Thank you Kenai Peninsula. This year we have taken more steps forward together on behalf of our students as they continue on this journey called life. Be proud of our kids; I know I am.

Sean Dusek

Superintendent

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

More in Opinion

Sen. Jesse Bjorkman, a Nikiski Republican, speaks in favor of overriding a veto of Senate Bill 140 during floor debate of a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2024. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Sen. Jesse Bjorkman: Session ends with budget, dividend and bills passed

Capitol Corner: Legislators report back from Juneau

The Alaska State Capitol. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Listen to PAs; support Senate Bill 115: Modernizing PA Practice in Alaska

Health care is rapidly evolving, demanding a more flexible and responsive system

Mount Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from North Kenai Beach on Thursday, July 2, 2022. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file photo)
Opinion: Hilcorp Alaska: Powering Southcentral Alaska — past, present and future

Hilcorp Alaska has and will continue to fully develop our Cook Inlet basin leasehold

Sen. Jesse Bjorkman, a Nikiski Republican, speaks in favor of overriding a veto of Senate Bill 140 during floor debate of a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, March 18, 2024 (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Sen. Jesse Bjorkman: Collegiality matters

Capitol Corner: Legislators report back from Juneau

Juneau Empire file photo
Larry Persily.
Opinion: Alaska might as well embrace the past

The governor, legislators, municipal officials and business leaders are worried that the Railbelt will run short of natural gas before the end of the decade

The Alaska State Capitol on March 1. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Opinion: Physicians oppose Alaska Senate Bill 115 — Independent Practice for PAs

Alaskans don’t want access to just any health care, they want access to high quality care

Norm McDonald is the deputy director of Fire Protection for the Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service)
The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from above on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Wildland Fire Information)
Opinion: This wildfire prevention month, reflect on ways to protect each other and our communities from wildfire

Alaskans saw what happened in Canada last year, and they know it can happen here too

Jason Sodergren and retired veterinarian Ralph Broshes capture and attend to crane shot with an arrow, July 9, 2023, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided by Nina Faust)
What happened to the ‘Arrowshot Crane’?

In many animal rescues, the outcome is fairly quickly known, but the… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska State Legislature on Feb. 22, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Opinion: Set ANWR aside and President Biden is pro-Alaska

Could it be that President Biden is more pro-Alaska than Donald Trump?