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|Board member, Anchorage School Board, Seat C|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|Profession||Former superintendent of McLaughlin Youth Center|
Williams moved to Alaska in 1980 after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from Ohio University. For 14 years Williams served as the superintendent of the state’s smallest juvenile detention facility (Nome) and the state’s largest one (McLaughlin Youth Center). Six years ago he spearheaded the effort to start an expulsion/suspension school in Anchorage called Step Up, that gives troubled kids one more opportunity to graduate and move into successful employment. Step Up is now collaboratively operated by the Anchorage School District and McLaughlin Youth Center. Williams has served on the Tri-Borough Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Committee, the Alaska Juvenile Justice and Advisory Committee, the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Council of State Governments School Discipline Consensus Project and the Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission. He was also recently published in the UAA’s Justice Forum, where he exposed the unintended consequences of applying zero tolerance policies to schoolchildren. Williams is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
|Anchorage School District, Seat C General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Patt Higgins Incumbent||51.9%||20,250|
|Source: Municipality of Anchorage, "Election Results," accessed June 3, 2014|
Williams did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
Williams did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign, as of yet.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the school board were up for election on April 1, 2014. Incumbents Pat Higgins and Kameron Perez-Verdia both sought re-election. They faced Liz Ross, Dean Williams and Don Smith for their respective seats.
Issues in the district
In January 2014, Anchorage School District announced plans to cut 219 positions for the next school year. The plan included laying off 159 teachers: forty-seven from elementary schools, thirty-five from middle schools and thirty-three from high schools and alternative schools. Another forty-four positions are being terminated because of a projected decline in enrollment. Over the past four years, the district has cut about 419 positions, not including the newly announced cuts. District administrators are working with a $566 million operating budget for the 2014–15 school year, reportedly $23 million short of the funds the district says it needs.
About the district
- See also: Anchorage School District, Alaska
Anchorage outperformed in comparison to the rest of Alaska in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.8% of Anchorage residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.5% for Alaska as a whole.The median household income for Anchorage was $76,495 compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Anchorage was 7.7% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Facebook, "Dean Wills School Board," accessed February 10, 2014
- Alaska Public Offices Commission, "Financial Disclosure," accessed February 10, 2014
- Anchorage Daily News, Lisa Demer, "Field is set for April 1 Anchorage Assembly, School Board election," February 7, 2014
- Allison Kilkenny, The Nation, "Anchorage School District Plans to Cut 219 Positions, Including 159 Teachers," January 27, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Date," accessed February 10, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 10, 2014
- Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Party Affiliation," July 3, 2010
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Anchorage School District Elections|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||Seat C: • Pat Higgins • Liz Ross • Dean Williams|
Seat D: • Kameron Perez-Verdia • Don Smith • Karli Lopez
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|