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Ketchikan Borough Election
OCTOBER 02, 2018

Sonya Skan

Candidate for the Ketchikan School Board
3 Year Term - 3 Seats To fill


Filed for Office: August 13, 2018
Statement Received September 11, 2018
Published September 11, 2018

I strongly believe that we are at a time when the school board needs to regroup and rebuild trust in our community, and it is because of this belief that I have decided to run for school board.

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My husband and I are both graduates from Ketchikan High School, and I have five children and 4 grandchildren who all have been or are currently part of the school district. I strongly believe in the value of education, and believe all children should have the equal opportunity to learn in the ways that best fit their needs.

My experience in education began when volunteering in the schools when my children were younger and went to Valley Park. As a parent, I wanted my children to succeed and chose to homeschool my youngest three children to best meet their learning needs. We still worked hand-in-hand with the district for testing and other graduation requirements for them to receive their Ketchikan High School diplomas. I view homeschooling as one example of working with the school district to expand educational opportunities outside of traditional options so we can provide all children equal opportunities to learn and succeed.

We have a responsibility to all youth, especially those that are falling through the cracks of the system, to provide educational opportunities. The school district has made progress in giving educational opportunities that meet different needs but I believe that we can do better for those in our community.

I believe in transparency among leadership, whether it is on the board or administration level. I’m a strong advocate for listening and uplifting the voices that often feel they aren’t heard or feel alienated from those who make decisions that affect them. In my personal and professional capacities, I value following through and am a very action-oriented person. I love to work with a group of people who see a need for change and are a driving force for seeing those changes through.

In the last 37 years that I have lived in Ketchikan I have served on many boards including WISH, Youth Court, the KGBSD Indian Policy and Procedure Committee as well as others. I currently serve on the UAS Advisory Council, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and I serve as Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for the National Indian Education Association.

I presently work for the Ketchikan Indian Community in the Education and Training Department as the Deputy Director, where in the last eight years, I have been able to grow and solidify my passion and dedication to education and the immense value it brings to our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to run for school board, and I’m hopeful that with your vote, we can rebuild trust and confidence in the school board within our community.


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