in Kodiak who choose to homeschool their kids with the help of the Kodiak
Island Borough School District will be getting more cash from the district this
coming school year.
officials offered an update on the program at last week’s school board work
session. Superintendent Stewart McDonald says homeschooling is important for a
district with limited options.
1 :19s “…the
needs of our students.”)
Superintendent Ron Fried (Freed) says when the program started, the amount
offered to parents as financial support was competitive with other programs in
the state, notably Interior Distance Education of Alaska, or IDEA, which is
based in Galena. However, Fried (Freed) says that in recent years, Kodiak has
lagged behind, and as a result has lost homeschool students.
2 :13s “…that
opt to do homeschool.”)
elementary grades the amount the district will give to parents will go up from
a thousand dollars per student to 16-hundred dollars. For middle school it will
go from 12-hundred to 18-hundred. And for high school it will go from
18-hundred to 2,000 dollars. Fried (Freed) says the increases will be worth it
if it keeps kids in the district’s program.
3 :16s “…would
come back to the district.”)
district receives the base student allocation and other funding from the state
for every student that’s enrolled in its homeschool program. About 80 kids are
expected to be enrolled full time this coming school year. Homeschool is run
through the Regional Learning Center, which also offers correspondence classes
to students at the district’s village schools.