Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Alaska

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Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
Fairbanks, Arkansas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Pete Lewis
Graduation rate:70%
Number of schools:33
Budget: $244.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kristina Brophy
Board members:7
Term length:3
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is a school district in the U.S. state of Alaska. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District operates 33 schools for approximately 14,000 students.[1] The graduation rate is 70%.[2]

About the district


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is located Northeast of the Anchorage and the borough's land area is slightly larger than the state of New Jersey. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to approximately 97,581 residents.[3]


Fairbanks North Star Borough outperforms the rest of Alaska based on percentage of people below poverty level and high school graduation rates, while slightly underperforming the rest of Alaska in median household income. The median household income for Fairbanks North Star Borough is $68,922 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Fairbanks North Star Borough is 7.8% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 93.0% 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 27.7% of Fairbanks North Star 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 Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska[4]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 77.7% 67.5%
Black or African American 5.3% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7.2% 14.8%
Asian 2.9% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 1.2%
Two or more race 6.4% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 6.8% 6.1%

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The current Superintendent for Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is Pete Lewis. Lewis previously worked in the Spokane Public Schools as a teacher and activities coordinator. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Washington State University.

School Board

School board members are elected for staggered, three-year terms.[6]

Name Position Term Expires
Wendy C. Dominique Board Member 2017
Heidi Haas Board Vice President 2015
John Thies Board Treasurer 2014
Sean Rice Board Clerk 2014
Lisa Gentry Board Member 2015
Sue Hull Board Member 2017
Allyson Lambert Board Member 2017
Colonel Larry G. Rice, Jr. Base Representative Board Member
Colonel Ron Johnson Post Representative Board Member
Colby Freel Board Student Representative

School board elections

See also: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday in October. Three seats are up for election in October 2013, three seats are up for election in October 2014 and two seats are up for election in October 2015.[8]

Administrative Officials

Veronica Acosta Budget Specialist
John Adams Network Technician
Marquese Allen Records Management Specialist
Louise Anderl Director of Federal programs
Bill Bailey Director of Community and Public Relations
Clarence Bolden Executive Director of Human Resources
Tamara Boyd Purchasing/Warehousing Clerk
Ellen Cruse Executive Assistant
Mike Fisher Chief Financial Officer
Colleen Fitzgerald Director of Accounting Services
Bart Grahek Director of Procurement and Warehousing
Kathy Helmick Budget Specialist
Leonard Hisamoto Purchasing Agent
Renee Tonne Transportation Coordinator
Nichole Wood Chief Accountant


Fairbanks North Star Borough School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $169,888,698 76.2% $2,335,044 1% $43,798,258 19.6% $0 0% $6,982,290 3.1% $223,004,290
2013-2014 $171,907,446 76.6% $2,845,535 1.3% $42,657,669 19% $0 0% $7,014,610 3.1% $224,425,260
Averages: $170,898,072 76% $2,590,289.5 1% $43,227,963.5 19% $0 0% $6,998,450 3% $223,714,775

Teacher Salaries


The board entered into a negotiated agreement effective from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2012 with the Education Support Staff Association[10]. The support staff 2009-10 salary schedule ranges from $10.91 to $34.32 and increases each year, so that the 2010-11 schedule is $11.49 to $35.61 and the 2011-12 salary schedule will be $11.95 to $37.03.[10]

The board entered a negotiated agreement with the Fairbanks Education Association, effective from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011.[11] The 2008-09 salary schedule ranged from $41,110 to $80,537; the 2009-10 salary schedule ranged from $42,961 to $83,571; the 2010-11 salary schedule ranged from $44,679 to $86,914.[11]

The board also has a negotiated agreement with the Fairbanks Principals Association valid between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2010.[12] The 2007-08 salary schedule ranged from $64,362 to $100,564. The agreement provided for salary increases each year, with the 2008-09 salary schedule that ranged from $65,971 to $103,078 and the 2009-10 salary schedule ranging from $67,620 to $105,655.[12]

Salary Schedule

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District employed over 800 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year. This chart details teacher salaries according to the FY12-13 Certified Salary Schedule.[13]

FNSBSD FY12 Salary Scheduled
PAY GRADE Bachelor's Bachelor's +18 Master's/B+36 Master's +18 Master's +36 Master's +License
0 $46,244 $48,388 $50,959 $53,531 $55,247 $57,730
1 $48,388 $50,533 $53,103 $55,787 $57,393 $59,875
2 $50,533 $52,678 $55,247 $57,817 $59,532 $62,015
3 $52,678 $54,819 $57,393 $59,960 $61,674 $64,155
4 $54,819 $56,962 $59,532 $62,105 $63,817 $66,298
5 $56,962 $59.103 $61,674 $64,248 $65,958 $68,440
6 $59,103 $61,245 $63,817 $66,385 $68,102 $70,585
7 $61,244 $63,387 $65,880 $68,529 $70,241 $72,724
8 $65,530 $68,102 $70,670 $72,387 $74,870
9 $67,670 $70,241 $72,813 $74,528 $77,011
10 $69,814 $72,387 $74,956 $76,669 $79,152
11 $74,529 $77,098 $78,812 $81,296
12 $76,671 $79,240 $80,954 $83,437
13 $81,383 $83,097 $85,579
14 $85,240 $87,722
15 $87,381 $89,864

Schools in Fairbanks North Star Borough

Fairbanks North Star Borough served approximately 14,152 students during the 2012-13 school year. The district has experienced some fluctuations in student enrollment with an overall decrease of 633 students between 2006 and 2013.

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006-2007 14,785
2007-2008 14,220 -3.9
2008-2009 14,305 .6
2009-2010 14,552 1.7
2010-2011 14,108 -3.1
2011-2012 14,190 .6
2012-2013 14,152 -.3

District schools

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District operated 34 schools listed below in alphabetical order.[14]

Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools
Name Grades
Anderson Elementary
Anne Wien Elementary
Arctic Light Elementary
Badger Road Elementary
Barnette Magnet Elementary K-8
Ben Eielson High School
B.E.S.T. K-12
Chinook Montessori Charter Elementary
Crawford Elementary (3-6)
Denali Elementary
Effie Kokrine Middle/High (7-12)
Hunter Elementary
Hutchison High School
Joy Elementary
Ladd Elementary
Lathrop High School
Nordale Elementary
North Pole Elementary
North Pole High School
North Pole Middle School
Pearl Creek Elementary
Randy Smith Middle
Ryan Middle
Salcha Elementary
Tanana Middle
Ticasuk Brown Elementary
Two Rivers Elementary K-8
University Park Elementary
Watershed Charter Elementary
Weller Elementary
West Valley High School
Woodriver Elementary


Armed employees

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has rejected a measure to allow school district employees to carry weapons on district campuses. The measure has been condemned by Mayor Luke Hopkins and borough human resources manager Sallie Stuvek has said the measure would increase liability and insurance rates.[15]

Academic Performance

This 2011-12 District Report Card shows that the district did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress Status. The 4-year graduation rate is 70.2% and the 5-year graduation rate is 77.2%; the state target for both is 85%. Sixty percent of district schools were identified for improvement.[16]

In the 2008-09 academic year, the district did not meet Annual Yearly Progress criteria established by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.[2] The district was placed on AYP Level 4[2], which requires that, in addition to continuation of the school improvement plan, corrective action must be taken.[17]

In the district, 82% of students are proficient in language arts and 75% are proficient in mathematics.[2]

Performance by School 2011-12

School Level Met Annual Yearly Progress?
Anderson Elementary Yes [18]
Anne Wien Elementary No [19]
Arctic Light Elementary No [20]
Badger Road Elementary Yes [21]
Barnette Magnet Elementary K-8 Yes [22]
Ben Eielson High School Yes [23]
B.E.S.T. K-12 No [24]
Chinook Montessori Charter Elementary Yes [25]
Crawford Elementary (3-6) Yes [26]
Denali Elementary No [27]
Effie Kokrine Middle/High (7-12) No [28]
Hunter Elementary Yes [29]
Hutchison High School Yes [30]
Joy Elementary No [31]
Ladd Elementary Yes [32]
Lathrop High School No [33]
Nordale Elementary Yes [34]
North Pole Elementary Yes [35]
North Pole High School No [36]
North Pole Middle School No [37]
Pearl Creek Elementary No [38]
Randy Smith Middle No [39]
Ryan Middle No [40]
Salcha Elementary Yes [41]
Tanana Middle No [42]
Ticasuk Brown Elementary No [43]
Two Rivers Elementary K-8 Yes [44]
University Park Elementary No [45]
Watershed Charter Elementary Yes [46]
Weller Elementary No [47]
West Valley High School No [48]
Woodriver Elementary Yes [49]


The district is a member of the Association of Alaska School Boards.[50] The AASB states on its website that it promotes pro-education legislation and to protect the principle of local control of public education, with its efforts led by its Executive Director.[51] The AASB also issues a Legislative Handbook to members of its Legislative Network and publishes a Legislative Bulletin.[52][53] The AASB is also an affiliate of the National School Boards Association and its Federal Relations Network (dead link), which addresses the legislative process at a national level.[54][55]

School Choice

The district has four charter schools.[56] Chinook Montessori Charter School serves students in kindegarten through eights grade.[57] The Watershed School serves students in kindgegarten through seventh grade.[58] Students at both schools are admitted via a lottery.[59][60] Effie Kokrine Charter serves students in grades 7-12.[61] The other upper-grade charter school serving grades 7-12 is Star of the North.


The Education Support Staff Association states in its negotiated agreement that it represents "all regular education support personnel."[62]

The Fairbanks Principals Association represents the district's principals, assistant principals, and deans of students.[12]

The Fairbanks Education Association represents approximately 1,000 teachers.[63]

Taxes Y
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Budget P
Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts P
Audits Y
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Public Records P
Academics Y
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Background Checks Y
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Transparency grading process

Last reviewed: October 2012

Website evaluation

The good

  • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published[64]
  • The current budget is published[65]
  • The calendar of Board meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[66]
  • Names of Board officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available[67]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available[68]
  • Bids are posted[69]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[70]
  • Public reports information is available.[71]
  • Background check policy is available.[72]
  • Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted[73]

The bad

  • Awarded contract information is unavailable, and a search does not return relevant results.
  • Archived budgets are unavailable, and a search does not return relevant results.
  • Some public records information is available, but public records policies for additional information and related forms are unavailable.

Contact information

Fairbanks North Star Seal.png
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
520 Fifth Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
email: web@k12northstar.org
District website

External links

See also


  1. District Information (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2009 District AYP Worksheet
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska Quickfacts" accessed August 6, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau "2010 Census Date" accessed August 6, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Board Policy
  7. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, "School Board Members," accessed August 6, 2013
  8. [http://www.k12northstar.org/sites/default/files/policy02.pdf Fairbanks North Star School District, "School Board Policies: Chapter 2 - School Board Governance and Operational Bylaws" accessed August 7, 2013
  9. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, "2013-14 Approved Budget," accessed November 26, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 [1]
  11. 11.0 11.1 [2]
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 FPA Agreement
  13. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District "FNSBSD Certified Salary Schedule" accessed August 7, 2013
  14. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, "Our Schools" accessed August 7, 2013
  15. KTUU.com, "FNSB Considers Allowing Armed Employees" Accesssed August 7, 2013
  16. District Report Card
  17. Consequences of Not Meeting AYP
  18. Anderson Report Card
  19. Anne Wien Report Card
  20. Arctic Light Report Card
  21. Badger Road Report Card
  22. Barnette Report Card
  23. Eielson Report Card
  24. B.E.S.T. Report Card
  25. Chinook Report Card
  26. Crawford Report Card
  27. Denali Report Card
  28. Kokrine Report Card
  29. Hunter Report Card
  30. Hutchison Report Card
  31. Joy Report Card
  32. Ladd Report Card
  33. Lathrop High School
  34. Nordale Report Card
  35. North Pole Elementary Report Card
  36. North Pole High School Report Card
  37. North Pole Middle School Report Card
  38. Pearl Creek Report Card
  39. Randy Smith Middle School Report Card
  40. Ryan Middle School Report Card
  41. Salcha Report Card
  42. Tanana Report Card
  43. Ticasuk Brown Report Card
  44. Two Rivers Report Card
  45. University Park Report Card
  46. Watershed Report Card
  47. Weller Report Card
  48. [3]
  49. Woodriver Report Card
  50. AASB Membership Directory
  51. AASB Legislative Efforts
  52. AASB Legislative Efforts
  53. AASB Legislative Bulletin Archive
  54. AASB Legislative Services
  55. NASB Federal Relations Network (dead link)
  56. State Charter School Directory
  57. About Chinook Montessori Charter School (dead link)
  58. About Watershed School (dead link)
  59. Lottery Information (dead link)
  60. [4] (dead link)
  61. About Our School
  62. [5]
  63. Fairbanks Education Association
  64. - 31993a32103 Tax information (dead link)
  65. Current budget
  66. Meetings
  67. School Board
  68. Administrative officials
  69. Bids
  70. Audits
  71. Public reports
  72. Background policy
  73. Academic reports