Edith-Helen Hilts

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Edith-Helen "Sunni" Hilts
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School Board Member, Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, District 9
Incumbent
Term ends
2016
Years in position 11
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 1, 2013
First electedOctober 7, 2003
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionRetired teacher
Websites
Office website
Edith-Helen Hilts is the current District 9 member on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board. She was first elected to the seat in 2003 and was re-elected on October 1, 2013.

Biography

Edith-Helen "Sunni" Hilts is seeking re-election for her fourth term as District 9 representative on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board. Sunni is a retired teacher who has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Alaska School Boards, member of the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Parent Advisory Committee for the Susan B. English school. She led successful campaigns to have "Kids First" banners placed at both AASB and Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meetings.[1]

Elections

2013

Results

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 9, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdith-Helen Hilts 95.5% 485
     Nonpartisan Write In 4.5% 23
Total Votes 508
Source: [http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/components/com_papyruslist/document.php?d=1120336 Kenai Borough, "Election Summary Report October 3, 2012 Regular Election"]

Funding

As of September 25, 2013, Hilts had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions to the Alaska Secretary of State.[2]

Endorsements

Edith-Helen Hilts did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

2010

Hilts was re-elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 9 position on October 5, 2010. She was unopposed.[3]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, District 9, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdith-Helen Hilts Incumbent 97% 449
     Nonpartisan Write In 3% 14
Total Votes 463

Campaign themes

In 2010, Hilts campaigned on a platform supporting increasing educational opportunties and graduation rates for Native Alaskan students and special needs students.

"I still am concerned about Alaska Native children, their education, why are they dropping out more than other children. I'm still concerned about special needs children, how we meet those needs in very, very small schools."[4]

2007

Hilts was re-elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 9 position on October 2, 2007. She was unopposed.[5]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, District 9, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdith-Helen Hilts Incumbent 95.6% 656
     Nonpartisan Write In 4.4% 30
Total Votes 686

2004

Hilts was re-elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board District 9 position on October 5, 2004. She was unopposed.[6]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, District 9, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEdith-Helen Hilts Incumbent 96.6% 514
     Nonpartisan Write In 3.4% 18
Total Votes 532

2003

On October 7, 2003 Hilts was elected to the District 9 position on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board as a write in candidate. There were a total of 193 votes cast in the election.[7]

What was at stake?

Three positions including the treasurer position currently held by Lynn Hohl were up for election on October 1, 2013. The most significant controversy currently facing the school district is the continued watering of Kenai Central High School's grass fields in the wake of water restrictions being placed on the general population.

Issues

Charter schools

The district has four charter schools.[8] The Aurora Borealis Charter School serves grades K-8.[9] The Fireweed Academy serves grades 3 through 6 and focuses on reading, writing and problem solving.[10] The Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences serves approximately 250 students in grades K through 6.[11] It focuses on science and the arts by using the philosophy that students learn best through hands-on practice.[12] The Soldotna Montessori Charter School serves grades K through 6.[13]

About the district

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is located in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska. It is the fifth largest borough in Alaska, located southwest of the capital, Anchorage. According to the 2010 census, Kenai Peninsula Borough is home to 55,400 residents.[14]

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is comprised of 44 schools including 14 Elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 11 secondary schools, and 15 small schools.

Demographics

Kenai Peninsula Borough underperforms the rest of Alaska based on median household income, but outperforms the rest of Alaska in high school graduation rates and percentage of people below poverty level. The median household income for Kenai Peninsula Borough is $59,256 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Kenai Peninsula Borough is 9.1% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 92.4% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 91.4% of Alaska residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 23.1% of Kenai Peninsula Borough residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 27.2% for the state of Alaska.

2010 Census Data for Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska[15]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 84.9% 67.5%
Black or African American 0.7% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7.3% 14.8%
Asian 1.3% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 1.2%
Two or more race 5.5% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 3.3% 6.1%


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