Candidate for the Ketchikan
School Board - Three Year Term
September 20, 2005
I was born and raised in Ketchikan. I attended Houghtaling
Elementary, Schoenbar Junior High, and Ketchikan High School.
I served as Kayhi Student Body President my Junior and Senior
year and was the student's representative on the School Board
during that time. I attended Brigham Young University for
three years, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.
I served a two-year church mission to Tokyo, Japan.
Upon returning to the U.S. I married my wife, Leah. We
have three children, McKenzie, 5, Carter, 3, and Allison, 1.
I work as the manager of Clover Pass Resort.
In addition to serving on the School Board for two years as the
student body's representative, I was appointed to the school
board in April of 2001. In the fall I was elected to a
three-year term and served on the school board from October 2001
until October 2004. I served as the School Board's Vice-President
during the last two years of my term.
In addition to school board service, I have a number of years
of management experience, including hiring and firing personnel,
developing budgets, and allocating resources. I also serve
as a member of the Northern Panel on the Pacific Salmon Commission.
With regards to public schools and resource allocation, decisions
are getting harder and harder to make. More and more demands
are made upon students' time and upon the available resources
necessary to deliver programs in our schools. Anyone looking
from the outside knows that the programs that were offered when
I went to school at Houghtaling (1980-1986) are not the same
programs that my daughter will receive this year in her Kindergarten
Although money often gives us opportunities to offer programs
that we couldn't otherwise offer, it isn't the only (and often
not the best!) solution to many of the problems facing our school
district. Despite the decline in resources
over the last four or five years the school district has managed
to increase its students' reading scores. This is because
the district decided that we wanted better readers and allocated
our resources in a manner that helped us achieve our goal.
While I think that the budget process has improved dramatically
over the last two years, we could still pay more attention to
the District's goals and make a better attempt at aligning the
precious resources that we do have to meet our goals.
I promise to come prepared to meetings, ready with questions
and concerns, and prepared to offer solutions if I am not satisfied
with the solutions that are on the table. I am thoughtful,
inquisitive, and fair. I believe that my frank and straightforward
approach to problems benefited the students of Ketchikan the
last time I served and the Board and ask for your support once
again on October 4th.
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