Study intended to provide information to taxpayers

I am writing to respond to the June 11 editorial that suggests that the school district’s economic significance study was an unnecessary exercise. While I agree that this study is not the ultimate measure of our school district’s worth, I feel that it provides important information that our tax payers deserve to know.

When I commissioned the study, my intention was not to look past our mission that in part, is to develop creative, productive learners who demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to meet life’s challenges. Rather, it was done to help our taxpayers understand the economic importance of KPBSD.  

As our community struggles to generate the needed revenue to ensure that we can meet our mission, it is critical that the public is well informed on all the pieces of the school district’s puzzle. Sharing that our students consistently out-perform their peers from across Alaska is apparently not enough.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of KPBSD.

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