The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is in charge of 44 different schools. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District covers around 25,600 square miles (which is bigger than the state of West Virginia). The KPBSD is the largest employer on the Kenai Peninsula and issues more than $4.8 million monthly in gross payroll. Over 46% of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s certified staff has been a part of the KPBSD team for over 10 years. Most of the schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are in Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seward.
Dr. Steve Atwater is the Superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. From 1978-1980 he attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Atwater then attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA from 1981-1983 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology as well as minored in English. After receiving his Bachelor’s, Dr. Atwater then attended the University of Alaska- Fairbanks from 1988-1994 and received his Master’s in Education Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Steve Atwater attended the University of Alaska-Anchorage from 1998-2000 and attained an Administrator Certificate. He then went back to the University of Alaska-Anchorage from 2002-2003 and received his Alaska Superintendent’s certificate. From 2005-2009, Dr. Atwater attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks again and received his Doctorate in Education Leadership.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District even offers its students charter schools. Charter schools allow parents, teachers and students to choose an alternative curriculum or program of study. Charter schools are also a nice option for parents who want a style or type of instruction that they believe best fits their child’s needs. Charter schools are free public schools and do not charge tuition or admission fees. There is a committee of school parents and staff, the Academic Policy Committee, who oversee the mission of the school, ensuring that the integrity of the character is maintained.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District encourages community members to be school volunteers. For the safety of all students a school volunteer must complete the volunteer screening process online and agree to a background check. This whole process is kept confidential and will only take a few minutes to complete. The information from the screening and background check is kept private and not released to the schools or school administrators. The only people who will have this information are the District’s Human Resources department. The background check is only looking for criminal history, not financial, medical history or civil matters.