Homer Alaska - Schools

Story last updated at 3:55 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Transportation on meeting agenda for Homer, Ninilchik

Two meetings have been scheduled by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to discuss a $750,000 budget deficit caused by inflation in transportation costs that is on the district's horizon:

• Jan. 26: Homer High School, 5:30 p.m.

• Feb. 2: Ninilchik School, 5:30 p.m.

The district is exploring options to address the deficit and "is open to solutions," according to a press release issued by the district on Tuesday.

Currently, bus routes from Ninilchik south are one-tier, meaning that one bus covers one route per day. The two-tier system is in place throughout the rest of the district, as well as staggered start and end times, which allows one bus to cover two routes on a daily basis for the same price.

Meetings were held in Homer and Anchor Point in December to inform the public of the transportation deficit, and a

proposal to change routes and possible change school start times was presented. The presentation and other related information can be viewed on the district website at kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=22938.

No final decisions have been made; any future changes will take effect in August.

KPBSD is encouraging families and the public to review the material available on the web, attend the upcoming meetings and offer ideas and solutions using an online comment form no later than Feb. 3.

For more information, contact Dave Jones, KPBSD assistant superintendent, at (907) 714-8838 or email DaveJones@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.