Pegge Erkeneff
Communications Liaison

Pegge Erkeneff 2015

Media and Public Relationships

KPBSD assists news media and the public with official information, story ideas, and access to school sites. 

Forty-three schools encompass 25,600 miles, serving nearly 9,000 K-12 students. KPBSD is committed to excellence, collaboration, and effective instruction. Stories worthy of sharing occur daily.

Please review our guidelines for covering news stories on school sites, reaching us at any time, and requesting permission for photo opportunities. 

News Releases

December 5, 2017: Public invited to Title VI Native Education Meeting

November 13, 2017: KPBSD Launches Facebook LIVE Q&A with Superintendent Dusek

November 10, 2017: Meet Chris Mburu and be inspired by A Small Act

October 20, 2017: School Weather Related Delays and Closures Process

October 6, 2017: Get the #budget process rolling October 17, 2017

September 22, 2017: Suicide awareness and prevention in KPBSD

September 8, 2017: Native Education Title VI Advisory Committee seeks parent, student, and staff members to serve

September 1, 2017: State, district, and school PEAKS assessment results now online

August 29, 2017: Graduate survey for Classes of 2010 – 2017, How did KPBSD do?

August 16, 2017: KPBSD welcomes Apple Bus

August 8, 2017: How to register for KPBSD Pre-Kindergarten Title I classes

June 23, 2017: State funding set for public education

June 8, 2017: KPBSD can hire 12 of 30+ frozen positions

May 10, 2017: State education funding cut scenarios for KPBSD

April 4, 2017: Senate proposes 5% cut to education funding

March 16, 2017: Education funding absent in SB22 operating budget work draft

February 17, 2017: Project SEARCH Intern showcase is February 21, 2017

February 8, 2017: Community Budget Forums

January 30, 2017: CTE career fair for teens in Soldotna

December 15, 2016: Changing times for schools in Southern Peninsula

December 6, 2016: KPBSD educators named 2017 Alaska Teacher of the Year and Alternate TOY!

November 7, 2016: KPBSD Title VI Indian Education Meeting is Wednesday, 11/9/16

November 7, 2016: KPBSD Strategic Plan survey is open

October 22, 2016: Two KPBSD educators are Alaska Teacher of the Year finalists

October 19, 2016: KPBSD schools ShakeOut on October 20, earthquake drill

October 17, 2016: Public invited to KPBSD Key Communicator events

October 14, 2016: Input needed on FY18 Budget Development

October 12, 2016: Southern peninsula school start and end time options

October 6, 2016: College Fair is October 18, 2016

October 3, 2016: Community Budget Development Meetings, October 13, 2016

September 14, 2016: Southern Peninsula community meetings – school start and end time changes

September 12, 2016: Survey launches about educational and resource needs in the KPBSD

September 8, 2016: KPBSD Indian Education Advisory Committee seeks members

September 7, 2016: KPBSD and the KPEA and the KPESA reach Tentative Agreement

August 24, 2016: Advisory Arbitration August 2016 award to KPBSD, KPEA, KPESA

August 9, 2016: National School Lunch Program served in KPBSD schools

May 18, 2016: Conference Committee short funds education  

May 12, 2016: KPBSD educators honored by United States Distance Learning Association

May 6, 2016: KPBSD 2016 BP Teacher of the Year

May 6, 2016: Title VII Indian Education Meeting

May 3, 2016: Southern Peninsula Bus Transportation Meetings

April 28, 2016: Caring for the Kenai top 12 innovative ideas from KPBSD teens

April 19, 2016: Caring for the Kenai competition: Top 12 students present innovative ideas for 25K in cash awards

April 18, 2016: BP Celebrates five KPBSD teachers

April 13, 2016: Homer High student video is top contender in Toyota #TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

April 1, 2016: Proposed PERS and TRS legislation could increase KPBSD deficit

March 23, 2016: Pre-Kindergarten Title I assessments take place in April

March 1, 2016: Two KPBSD employees receive 2016 ASTE Technology Leadership Awards

February 24, 2016: Title VII Indian Education Advisory Committee Meeting invites public participation

February 19, 2016: KPBSD team from Nikiski receives State of Alaska 2016 Inclusive Practices Award

February 8, 2016: KPBSD to host three public budget meetings

January 21, 2016: Collective bargaining impasse continues

January 16, 2016: Update – Collective Bargaining

January 15, 2016: KPBSD Board of Education seeks applicants

December 8, 2015: KPBSD Board of Education seeks applicants for District 9

November 25, 2015: Let’s turn 10K into 20K for students who are homeless

November 23, 2015: Chapman School and Nikolaevsk School named National Title I Distinguished Schools

November 12, 2015: Candlelight vigil for KPBSD students and families who are homeless is November 19, 2015

November 09, 2015: State of Alaska releases AMP assessment scores

October 02, 2015: Title VII Indian Education public meeting is October 8, 2015

October 02, 2015: Kenai Peninsula College Fair for high school students

September 30, 2015: Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Science achieves national blue ribbon recognition

September 30, 2015: Public Budget Development meeting is October 15 at KPBSD schools

September 22, 2015: Mediation Concludes

August 17, 2015: 1:1 iPads bring dynamic learning opportunity to Nanwalek School through White House ConnectEd initiative

June 5, 2015: KPBSD funded to maximum allowable contribution by Borough

May 13, 2015: Central peninsula schools in brief “stay-put”

April 30, 2015: Alleged threat to Soldotna area schools deemed not credible

April 27, 2015: Title VII and Federal Programs Advisory Committee Meeting

April 21, 2015: KPBSD launches new system to accept online payments

April 20, 2015: Collective Bargaining Update

April 10, 2015: KPBSD and Proposed Education Funding Reductions in HB72

April 3, 2015: Proposed legislative reductions to education funding

March 20, 2015: KPBSD juniors and seniors to attend career and job fair

March 17, 2015: Title 1 Pre-K program assessments take place in April

March 3, 2015: Board of Education selects Sean Dusek as Superintendent of Schools

February 12, 2015: Hospital Career Fair for KPBSD Teens

February 10, 2015: Public Budget Forums begin February 17

January 23, 2015: Public Comment Opportunity in Superintendent of Schools Search

January 14, 2015: Public Involvement in School District Negotiations

December 2, 2014: Seward Elementary awarded 10K for Hour of Code

November 26, 2014: Susan B. English School shop fire

November 5, 2014: Candlelight Vigil for homeless youth and family

October 31, 2014: Nanwalek School Awarded Apple ConnectEd Grant

October 23, 2014: New KPBSD interim superintendent is Sean Dusek

October 10, 2014: College Fair comes to the Kenai Peninsula

September 29, 2014: $160 million for public education on the Kenai?

September 26, 2014: Project SEARCH open house

September 17, 2014: College and Career Ready Assessments replace the HSGQE

September 9, 2014: School board offers interim superintendent position to Sean Dusek

August 25, 2014: Keeping schools safe with ALICE

August 15, 2014: Take Your Child to School Week proclamation

August 4, 2014: Superintendent Atwater announces his resignation

May 14, 2014: Soldotna schools reconfiguration and ASAA sports eligibility

May 12, 2014: Title VII Advisory Committee Meeting

May 9, 2014: Nikiski Schools Update II

May 9, 2014: Nikiski Schools Update

May 8, 2014: Two KPBSD schools in lockdown

April 11, 2014: FY15 Budget Revision (related to Skyview Middle School pool)

April 7, 2014: KPBSD and KPC joint release – JumpStart expands opportunities

April 2, 2014: Title 1 Preschool Screening 

March 17, 2014: Kenai Job and Career Fair 

March 10, 2014: Great Alaska 50th anniversary earthquake drill for KPBSD schools

February 14, 2014: First Braille Challenge and event open to public is 2.21.14

February 14, 2014: Hospital Career Day is 2/25/14 

February 14, 2014: Public Budget Forums

February 14, 2014: Federal Programs Committee to meet 3/4/14

January 14, 2014: KPBSD Earns Two Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards 

January 11, 2014: KPBSD Ski Teams En Route Home  

January 10, 2014: KPBSD ski teams in bus accident

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During emergencies or other unusual circumstances, KPBSD may limit access on a school site, or direct media to designated locations for coverage of breaking news. 

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