School Reconfiguration

  • Reconfiguration updates are listed in chronological order starting with most recent. 

    School Reconfiguration Information Update

    After multiple community meetings and months of research, the Kodiak Island Borough School District is beginning the final discussions related to possible school reconfiguration.  School reconfiguration would change the structure of our town schools, by grouping them into specific grade levels.  While the initial discussion focused on a configuration of PreK-1st Grade at East Elementary, 2nd and 3rd grade at North Star, and 4th and 5th grade at Main, concerns raised by parents who would like to see 6th grade moved back into elementary school have resulted in the following model also being reviewed:  K-2nd grade at East , 3rd and 4th grade at North Star, and 5th and 6th grade at Main, with the preschool program being consolidated in classrooms adjacent to the auditorium.

    The district administrative team has attempted to examine all facets of the operational changes needed to effectively implement this program.  Our primary concern as we examine this has been the effect on students, parents, and teachers.  A considerable amount of thought and research has gone into studying each aspect required to carry out a change of this magnitude.  A group of parents and teachers has recently returned from visiting schools that have undergone reconfiguration.  We look forward to hearing what they have learned through their research and observations.  Please know that at this time, no decision has been made.  Regardless of the outcome, the District remains committed to delivering the kind of education our students deserve.

    You are encouraged to continue to be a part of this process.  Please visit the District’s website to review information related to our examination.  The District and the Board of Education remain interested in hearing your opinion before a decision is made.  Information related to our examination of reconfiguration was posted on the District’s website in the spring.  Please take a moment to review this information, as well as the next steps listed below, and join this important discussion.

    Next Steps:

    • During the December 2nd Board of Education Work Session, there will be a report from members of the reconfiguration research group who have been visiting other districts that use similar reconfiguration models.
    • During the January 6th Board of Education Work Session, the Superintendent will make his recommendation to the Board regarding reconfiguration.
    • IF the Superintendent recommends moving forward with reconfiguring schools, the following will take place:
    • On January 13th, the Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing to take community comment regarding school reconfiguration.
    • During the January 20th Board of Education Regular Meeting, the Board will take a final vote on school reconfiguration.

    Community Meetings:

    • December 2, 2019; Reconfiguration Research Group Report 6:30 p.m.
    • January 6, 2020; Superintendent’s Recommendation 6:30 p.m.
    • January 13, 2020; Public Hearing 6:30 p.m.
    • January 20, 2020; Board of Education Vote 6:30 p.m.
    • Meetings Location: District Services Conference Room, F140

    View the Reconfiguration Update Flyer that was sent home to families.

     


    Presentation to the Board of Education on February 4, 2019

    View the Continuing the Conversation about Elementary School Reconfiguration presentation.

     


    Letter to Families

    December 10, 2018

    Dear Kodiak Parents & Community,

    During the last two weeks, the school district facilitated community discussions at our four town elementary schools. The purpose of these meetings was to promote a dialogue regarding the reorganization of our elementary schools. Administrators gave a presentation that highlighted some of the difficulties our district currently faces, including declining enrollment, lower funding rates at the state and local levels, and growing student needs. We also highlighted some reasons why a reorganization would both help our schools and families, and be difficult for our schools and families. The presentation was followed by small group discussions, with the goal of writing down questions, challenges, and suggestions.

    Again, the purpose of these meetings was to facilitate a dialogue on this topic of reorganization. This is a complex issue, both in weighing out the pros and cons, and in its implementation should we choose to go down this path. Our ability to make the best decision, our wisdom, will be in the crowd. We need to hear your voices, and likewise, you need to be heard.

    We are currently compiling the many notes that you have given us during these meetings. We are looking at them all, and are developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that we hope will help us continue the discussion on the possible reorganization.

    Below you will find the slides used during the meetings. These were mostly talking points, with a few slides of graphs.

    This was a first step. Thank you to all the parents and community members who were able to make it to these meetings. If you have any further questions, please reach out to your school’s administrator, or you can reach me at 907-486-7550.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Larry LeDoux

    View the presentation slides used during the meetings.

     


    KIBSD Meetings on Elementary School Configuration

    Our Kodiak Island community is facing tough decisions. The Kodiak Island Borough School District is requesting your insight to possible solutions.  Budget cuts, declining enrollment numbers, larger class sizes, and limited teacher recruitment challenge our endeavors to deliver the kind of education our students deserve. We are exploring possible solutions which could reconfigure our town elementary schools, by grouping schools into specific grade levels (Pre K-1, 2-3, 4-5).

    We look forward to your participation in these meetings to share your perspectives. We invite you to join any or all of these critical meetings. Information gathered will be presented to the Board of Education during a work session in January 2019.

    If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

    School meetings:

    • Wednesday, November 28, 2018; 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Peterson Elementary
    • Thursday, November 29, 2018; 6:30-8:00 p.m. at East Elementary
    • Tuesday, December 4, 2018; 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Main Elementary
    • Wednesday, December 5, 2018; 6:30-8:00 p.m. at North Star Elementary

    View the Information Flyer that was sent home to families.