I write from Sitka as a local school board member to speak against the proposed term limits being advanced for consideration in your upcoming borough election. My rationale for butting into your local business is based on the potential loss of two outstanding Alaska school board members.
Sunni Hilts and Sammy Crawford have been active and notable advocates for issues that are critical to your region. Both have effectively teamed with your state legislative delegation as articulate advocates in advancing school equity and fixing our current foundation formula that has cost the Kenai millions since its restructuring in the late 1990s.
I am sure that there are other high-quality folks who plan to serve on the school board in the future, yet as Alaska is on the brink of solving some problems that have hurt your local schools, it is critical that Sunni and Sammy be allowed to complete the vision and leadership they have established in this effort.
It would make no sense to remove a respected, qualified and trained employee from a work assignment or sales transaction in favor of a new recruit, especially in an increasingly competitive business environment. Voting yes for term limits will do just that in your borough government at the beginning of a new era of declining state and federal dollars.
As Sunni has encouraged many across our state to make "kids Alaska's top priority," and as Sammy is positioned to take a statewide school governance leadership role that will surely advance your voice and interests across Alaska, I hope the people of the Kenai Peninsula will reward merit, talent and accomplishment by allowing your incumbent school board members to continue their service.
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