Story last updated at 12:46 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2002

Area schools impress
Over the past three years, I have had the privilege and honor of working with our schools during the building-level administrative hiring process. This includes schools in Seward, Homer, the Russian villages, our remote schools across the water as well as central peninsula schools. To say the least, I have been extremely impressed with the staff, parents and students at each of our 43 schools.

When working with each of the schools through the principal hiring profess, it is coming to hear that each of our schools really believes they are the "flag ship" for the district. The compassion and excitement I hear in their voices as they tell stories about their individual school is truly a powerful message that all of the players within our schools are committed to providing excellence.

It is an enlightening experience to listen to the staff, parents and students talk about how proud they are of their school. The dedication of the support staff, teaching staff, parents and the work ethics of the students comes out loud and clear during each of my visits.

I admire and commend the fact that each of our schools/communities truly believe they are the Flag Ship for the district. I also am encouraged by the fact that each of our schools are willing to watch and learn from each other. It is safe to say that the "best never rest" on the Kenai.

We have had an excellent start to our 2002-2003 school year, and I would like to thank each of our schools. We truly have 43 Flag Ships. I wish them the very best as they continue to lead the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District into the future by providing excellence for all of the students of the Kenai!

Todd Syverson, assistant superintendent, Administrative Services, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District