Borough School Board

Seat 1 Kalifornsky

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education since 1998.

I am running for re-election because I believe in public education and believe that it is the cornerstone of democracy.

Without an informed and educated electorate we cannot continue to enjoy the freedoms of a democratic society.

I also believe it is important to give back to my community. Public service is an awesome privilege and responsibility. I believe elected public officials should listen and be responsive to the public. I have done my best to do so.

I believe that my experience has placed me in a unique position to be a valuable member of the school board.

I taught in public school classrooms for 30 years (28 years in the KPBSD) and have taught at the middle school, high school and college levels.

I had a wonderful career as a teacher capped by my selection as Alaska Teacher of the Year in 1988 and Alaskan Educator Award in 1993. In 1995 I was elected to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

I have served in leadership positions in education as well as in the community. I served as President of the Alaska Council for Social Studies as well as co-chaired the writing of the Alaska History Standards.

Other public service involvement includes board service on the League of Women Voters, Delta Kappa Gamma, Women's Resource Center and Pickle Hill Public Radio.

I am currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Alaska Association of School Boards and in that position am uniquely poised to provide leadership statewide to issues critical to the Kenai Peninsula. These issues are 1) instituting the district cost factor (recognizing the unique size and complexity of the KPBSD); 2) implementing forward funding to mid March (because we don't know until May what the budget will be and for many years teachers had to be "pink-slipped" in March then rehired before August); and 3) improve vocational education to help the many students who are not planning to attend a four year college.

I am proud of my service on the KPBSD and am especially gratified to see the KPBSD as the first and only large district in the state to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the guidelines of No Child Left Behind.

I would appreciate your vote on October 2 and continue to serve the children of the KPBSD.

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