Candidate profile: Wayne U. Wong, School Board Seat 7

Wong looking to learn about issues

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

Residence: 63650 Sterling Highway, Clam Gulch, AK 99658

Mail address: Same

Contacts: 260-8037

Age: 36

Years in the borough: Two

Family: Wife, Heidi Wiley Wong, and four children

Occupation: Finance director

Education: Bachelor of science degree in accounting

Previous elected office: Cook Inlet Aquaculture Board of Directors

Organizations: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kenai Peninsula Fishermen's Association,

1. What are the three biggest challenges facing the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District?

After discussing this with a number of people in our community, I've found that a majority of the concerns can be traced back to our lack of available resources within the district. With limited resources it is hard to be competitive with larger more populated districts such as Anchorage. I've also noticed a large number of students in our area turning to Home Schooling as an alternative. With an increase in home schooling the district faces challenges in monitoring student's progress. For students to be successful I also believe that parents, teachers, principals and school administrators need to collaborate regularly. As our district is so spread out, this can be challenging especially in the rural areas.

2. How will you address these challenges?

In order to address these issues adequately I need to first understand all the facts. I am certain that these challenges have been looked at previously. Nevertheless, I have a strong desire to serve and believe where there is a will good things can happen. I want to learn from, and contribute to the school board so through collaboration we can come up with proper solutions to these perplexing challenges.

3. What will you do to ensure the district is funded equitably by the state?

Through my accounting/ finance background I hope to use my skills to help ensure equitable funding. As a new board member, I would like to be given the opportunity to first understand how the system in currently operating and then see what could be done to improve it. Once I am elected I hope to look into additional funding options. I have four children of my own in the school district aging from four to twelve. I plan on working along side other board members to ensure that all our children are funded equally. I believe that our future lies in the hands of our children and it's up to us to armor them with what they need morally and academically to succeed in todays world.

4. For the third year Alaska reported schools that did and did not meet adequate yearly progress targets. Twelve KPBSD schools did not meet AYP, eight of those for the first time. How will you help schools meet these targets?

If elected I would like to promote more wholesome, family activities at school where we all work together to promote school and family. I am certain that when parents and teachers work together our children excel. If we all work together our children will meet these targets and learn important life values as well.

5. How does your role as a school board member benefit the people of your district, including students, families, teachers and others?

I believe in quality education for all and will work hard to promote not only my own children's education, but education for all. My financial background will be an asset to the board on a variety of issues. I have a desire to serve and if elected will do my best to make good choices for the benefit of our children.

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