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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and School Board both voted unanimously to call for a $65M School Improvement Bond to appear on the October 4th, 2022 ballot.

Voters will be asked consider Proposition 2: Educational Capital Improvement General Obligation Bonds. Proposition 2 is a school improvement bond initiative that addresses some of the largest understood inefficiencies in our facilities, as well as other high priority projects. The proposal will include 10 projects that will benefits 13 of 42 schools across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD).

The projects funded by this bond are focused on:

Reducing Maintenance and Operations Costs:

  • Soldotna Elementary replacement
  • Soldotna Preparatory renovation and consolidation
  • KPB/KPBSD Maintenance Shop

Repairing and Modernizing Facilities:

  • Seward High School track and field
  • Nikiski High School track and field
  • Kenai High School field restroom and concession
  • Various school roofs
  • Homer High School front entrance improvements
  • Soldotna High School siding

Safety and Security:

  • School Student drop- off
  • Kenai Middle School safety and security renovation

Click here for more information on Proposition 2.

Click here to visit the KPB Elections page with information about the October 4th election.

 

Projects

Project Title & Description (Click to Expand) Project Estimate Attendance Area
Homer High School Front Entrance Improvements

The original design in 1985 utilized wood timber retaining walls to provide erosion control, with entrance walkways passing through the terraced sections. Over time the 37 year old wood timber retaining walls have decayed and are in various stages of failure. As timber continues to degrade erosion is becoming an increasing concern, and walkways are being impacted. Heavy equipment required to maintain school siding can no longer be utilized on the school’s front section due to the probability of the ground sluffing away under the equipment weight. The existing ramp slopes does not meet current ADA standards and requires significant effort and time to maintain during winter conditions.

$750,000.00

Homer

Kenai Central High School Field Restroom

The turf and track were originally constructed in 1968 by volunteers for the first football game in 1969. In 2014 artificial turf was installed along with a new 8 lane track. With this improvment facility use has increased as well as hosting larger events, this has increased need for a restroom nearer to the facility.

$500,000.00

Kenai

Kenai Middle School Safety and Security Renovation

The 50 year old facility has never been remodeled. To provide food service in its current configuration, three lunch periods are required. The main entrance, office, commons and food serving area will be renovated to provide improved operations, better visability to increase security control of the site. The school was constructed in 1972 and did not locate the office in proximity of the main entrance. Over the years security has come to the forefront and access and visibility are primary aspects of providing for a safe and secure learning enviroment.

$2,500,000.00

Kenai

KPB/KPBSD Maintenance Shop

The limited number of bays and storage area in the shop creates many inefficiencies that limits automotive maintenance capabilities. Vehicles disassembled for service tie up bays until work is completed. Emergency or unplanned higher priority repair needs require towing disassembled vehicles out of a bay to allow those emergency repairs to proceed. Repair delays due to waiting on parts similarly require towing vehicles in and out of the bays to allow other work to proceed. Mobilizing for repair jobs adds hours to repairs due to large tools being stored outside of the shop. These inefficiencies create a backlog of repairs and preventive maintenance tasks that in turn create additional inefficiencies. Vehicles in need of repair are taken out of service while waiting for open bays, negatively impacting the efficiency of the vehicle users. The backlog also limits mechanic availability to service other equipment, such as school generators, tractors and snow blowers.

$5,000,000.00

District Wide

School Roof Replacements

This is the next roof replacement phase for metal roofs constructed in early to late 80s that have exceeded their expected useful life.
Nikiski North Star - In the winter of 2019 significant ice damming occurred, causing water to backup and penetrate the 35 year old roof that has exceeded it's 20 year expected life. This caused saturation of the insulation, filled of the soffits with ice resulting in interior building damage. Temporary measures were installed to protect the structure was installation of heat trace along the eves, to minimize ice damming, operation of the heat trace and loss of insulation has increased the utility cost at this site. This project will replace the damaged and insulation to reduce the operational costs at this site.
Mountain View Elementary - Constructed in 1987 the 35 year old roof has exceeded it's 20 year expected life. This project will replace the roof and upgrade the insulation to reduce the operational costs at this site.
Hope Roof - Constructed in 1987 the 35 year old roof has exceeded it's 20 year expected life. This project will replace the roof and upgrade the insulation to reduce the operational costs at this site.

$4,800,000.00

District Wide

School Student Drop-off Improvements

Older school traffic patterns were designed for the majority of student transportation to be via bus. Over time practices have changed and a much larger percentage of student transportation is occurring by private vehicles. This change in traffic patterns has resulted in backup of traffic onto adjacent roads and highways, and many times requires foot traffic across bus or car lanes.
Priority list:
Chapman School – backs up onto Sterling Highway;
Homer Middle School – Backs up onto Sterling Highway;
Kenai Middle School – Backs up on to Tinker Lane and Kenai Spur Highway,
Mountain View Elementary – Backs up on to Swires Road, Aliak Drive and impacts traffic on Kenai Spur Highway.

$5,500,000.00

District Wide

Seward and Nikiski High School Track and Field

The Nikiski and Seward High School tracks were constructed in the 80’s and the surface and base asphalt have exceeded their expected life and are now deteriorating the have numerous heaved, spalled or separated sections, and present safety concerns for use. The football fields are grass fields with high maintenance costs. The project consists of removing the sod, excavating and back filling with structural fill, installing the drainage tile and installing the turf field with sand and rubber infill. An artificial turf field would enable the school district community to use the facility for a greater portion of the year by allowing use much earlier in the spring and much later in the fall than it currently possible. Additionally, artificial turf fields can handle a significantly greater amount of use than natural turf fields without risking damage.

$4,500,000.00

Nikiski / Seward

Soldotna Elementary Reconstruction

This project comes as part of the feasibility study was completed for Soldotna area schools that indicated the need for replacement of the 62-year-old Soldotna Elementary school. The school was first constructed in 1960 and was added on to in 1962, 1968, 1975 and 1987. The facility is deteriorating and only one section of the school has a slab on grade construction. With the relocation of the Montisori school a compact and efficient structure is possible, this will result in a recuced operational cost including maintenance efforts to maintain 62 year old building systems. This project will construct a new elementary school of aproximatly 32,984 GSF.

$21,500,000.00

Soldotna

Soldotna High School Siding Repair

The school was constructed in 1980 with an exterior insulation finishing system that has developed numerous cracks in the panels and system in the past 37 years. Localized patching has found failed moisture barrier behind the siding to protect the structural wall components and steel framing has been rusting. In addition, moisture that leaks behind cracked siding collects and leaks into the building, damaging interior finishess. Cracked portions of the pre-cast siding also pose safety concerns as pieces have fallen. The project will replace exterior insulation finishing system (siding) on the Soldotna High School including moisture to provide exterior closure that will protect the structure for many years.

$2,000,000.00

Soldotna

Soldotna Prep School Renovation and Consolidation

A feasibility study was completed for Soldotna area schools that indicated the need for replacement of the 62-year-old Soldotna Elementary school and relocation of the District office, River City Academy, Soldotna Montessori, Connections Home School to the former Soldotna Prep facility and necessary improvements required to meet educational requirements, alleviate overcrowding in the Borough Administration Building and extend the life of the facilities. The Borough Administration Building is currently overcrowded, and relocation of the School District administration will alleviate the situation and provide a better work environment for both the Borough and district employees. This will also address the overcrowding at Skyview Middle School, and connections and prepare the way for the replacement of a smaller (consolidated) Soldotna Elementary School facility. In 2019 the Soldotna Preparatory School was surplused due to low enrolment and consolidation of School District program services. The currently vacant Soldotna Prep building is a durable structure that includes recent roof and boiler replacement and retains much of its useful life. In August 2020 the Borough and the School District hired a professional Architectural and Engineering team to confirm the buildings viability for future use and alternatives for repurposing. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is currently expending approximately $300,000.00 annually to maintain and preserve the Soldotna Preparatory School Facility. The facility is currently under used and this repurposing project would address multiple School District, Borough and community issues while make the building operational cost expenditures much more effectively applied. The project will also serve to address both Borough and School district needs without expanding Borough infrastructure and thus creating more efficiencies in facility use. Minor remodel is required to accommodate the relocation of District Office Personnel, River City Academy, Connections School, and Soldotna Monitory charter schools to the site.

$18,500,000.00

District Office

ESTIMATE TOTAL: $65,550,000.00  

 

Paid for by the Kenai Peninsula Borough, 144 North Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669