3-year term - Three Seats Open
Published: September 26, 2011
Ketchikan resident for 17 years
Ketchikan School Board, 4 years, Vice President for 2 years
My candidacy for Borough Assembly is entirely about assuring full funding for our schools.
I’ve served on the School Board for the last 4 years. This has brought a keen awareness of what an excellent service our School District provides—Ketchikan should be very proud of their schools and their students. I’ve also seen the unique challenges our local education system faces in providing a top-notch educational experience for our students in such a rural and remote location. I’ve been particularly disheartened over the course of the last two years to note that one of the biggest challenges for our schools has been precipitously falling funding levels from our own Borough.
One of the primary purposes of a Borough is to provide adequate funding for the local School District. Amazingly, our Borough representatives of late have labeled this responsibility a “penalty” when collecting the property taxes that are meant to go toward funding public education. With this new, mean-spirited mind set, they have slashed their contribution of those tax dollars toward school funding and diverted the money to other purposes, including a reduction of the mil rate to historically unrealistic levels—a move clearly calculated to assure their reelection—all at the expense of our school children.
Consider the following:
My desire is to serve on the Borough Assembly in a capacity that will correct this error in priorities. This can only happen if my election is clearly a mandate to increase funding for our schools. That is why I am basing my entire campaign on this one precept. The people will decide if full funding for the education of our children is the priority that Ketchikan needs. Without a quality education system, our community will dwindle. I would like to see Ketchikan thrive again. Please vote for Michael Fitzgerald.