I would like to take this opportunity to commend the six members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly who, at their recent meeting, reaffirmed their commitment to support the largest and most important duty of local government. By voting to continue the long-standing and honorable tradition of funding education to the maximum amount allowed by state law, (to the cap) these five members sent a strong message. These assembly members confirmed that caring for the most precious 20 percent of the borough’s population, for eight hours a day, while preparing them to successfully contribute to tomorrow’s world is indeed a non-negotiable, top priority for the borough.
I would also like to applaud Mayor John Williams who at that same meeting articulated the critical role that a quality education system plays in ensuring a robust future for the Kenai Peninsula. In tough economic times it is good to have a leader that doesn’t overlook the fact that industry must have well-educated young men and women to fill tomorrow’s needs.
The average age of our local populations are increasing dramatically. The mayor’s recognition of the importance that a high quality school system plays in younger families’ decisions to relocate to the Kenai Peninsula is certainly well thought.
We all realize that with our abundance of natural resources, the Kenai Peninsula is a great place to play. My hat is off to the above mentioned elected officials for the roles they play in making the Kenai Peninsula a great place to live, as well.
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