Student offenses drop at Kenai Peninsula schools

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 1, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

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KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District reported a drop in campus disciplinary actions for such offenses as intoxication and drug possession in the first three months of the current school year, a decrease in part attributed to closer student oversight.

Only one incident of a student under the influence of alcohol on campus and one of alcohol possession were reported mid-August through mid-October, compared to 10 in the same period of the 2013-2014 school year, according to district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff.

Erkeneff said all 10 reports of students under the influence of alcohol for the last school year occurred in the first quarter.

The decline of student offenses needing disciplinary action by administrators or law enforcement officers is noted in the district's quarterly discipline report for the 2014-2015 school year, the Peninsula Clarion ( reported Monday.

At Kenai Central High School there has been a drop in some offenses since administrators since the school was assigned a resource officer through the city, according to principal Alan Fields.

Fields said reports of locker room thefts have decreased significantly since school resource officer Alex Prins started prevention measures such as locking up personal items. Misbehavior at afterschool activities also has dropped in the officer's presence.

"I can't remember the last time we had trouble at a dance," Prins said.

At the school district, reported incidents of drug possession and fighting are also down. In the first quarter of the current school year there were three reports of being under the influence of drugs and three of possession compared to 16 drug-related offenses during the same period the previous year.

Reported fights, both physical and verbal, totaled 25 in the first quarter of the current school year, compared to 38 for the same quarter of 2013-2014, which had a year-end total of 133 fights. That number declined since the reported 191 fights in 2012-2013, and 228 fights reported in the school year before that.

Fighting, harassment, insubordination and particularly tobacco use are becoming less frequent, said interim Superintendent Sean Dusek.

But disruptive behavior was on, or above, pace with previous years, according to the report.

Soldotna Police Chief Peter Mylnarik said administrators are expected to contact authorities when reported behavior is criminal.

"All crime is a crime no matter what the age," he said.


Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion,

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