Straight up facts: forty-four schools, one district


KPBSD Points of Interest

  • 25,600 square miles: the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is larger than the entire state of West Virginia.
  • 7,725 miles on the road: everyday school busses transport 2,500 plus students throughout the district.
  • KPBSD school building rooftops cover a combined area of more than 50 acres.

Do you know…

  • KPBSD is the largest employer on the Kenai Peninsula, issuing over $5 million, monthly, in gross payroll.
  • Forty-three percent of the district's certified staff  have been members of the KPBSD educational team for at least 10 years.
  • Approximately 75 percent of projected general fund expenditures go to instruction, and 25 percent will go to instructional support.
  • The district's total student population is 11 percent Alaska Native.

Student Enrollment 2010-2011

  • PK-3 2,851
  • 4-6 1,993
  • 7-8 1,420
  • 9-12 2,884
  • Total  9,148

44 Schools

  • 14 Elementary  
  •   4 Middle (6-8 and 7-8) 
  • 11 Secondary (7-12 and 9-12)
  • 15 Small

Pupil to Teacher Ratio

  • K 1:20
  • 1-3   1:22
  • 4-6   1:24
  • Secondary1:24
  • K-12, K-6 1:17


  • District administration  16
  • Building administration 48
  • Certified staff  675
  • Support staff 562
  • Total: 1,301

Senior Management 

Leadership Team 


School Board of Education 

  • Joe Arness, President
  • Liz Downing, Vice President
  • Sunni Hilts, Clerk
  • Sammy Crawford, Treasurer
  • Marty Anderson
  • Lynn Hohl
  • Bill Holt
  • Tim Navarre
  • Penny Vadla
  • KPBSD Student representative

2012 Legislative Priorities 

State: Purchase and install security cameras for schools; Repair KPBSD running tracks; Extend the gas pipeline from Anchor Point to Homer; Provide sustained, reliable, and adequate educational funding; Address energy costs; Raise mandatory age of attendance; Fund early learning programs; Provide accountability for all school-age children; Create new high school exit exam; Support the University of Alaska Anchorage's Kenai Peninsula College; Create a favorable climate for oil and exploration in Cook Inlet. Further details: 

Federal: Maintain funding for the Entitlement Programs; Extend gas pipeline from Anchor Point to Homer; Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Reauthorize Elementary Secondary Education Act; Fund early learning programs in Alaska.



KPBSD Fast Facts