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Fairbanks North Star Borough School District elections (2013)

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2013 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Elections

General Election date:
October 1, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
Contact information
External links
References
See also
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Three seats on the School Board for Fairbanks North Star Borough School District were up for election on October 1, 2013. Seats up for elections cover Seats C, D, and G. There are seven Districts in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Each district is represented by a member, referred to as member. Members serve three-year terms though Seat G is a one-year unexpired term in the 2013 election.[1]

About the district

See also: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Alaska
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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.[2]


Demographics

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[3]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. All seven members of the board are elected by district. General elections take place on the first Tuesday in October. There are no primary elections. Seats C, D, and G were up for election on October 1, 2013 with Seat G a one-year unexpired term. Seats E, F, and G are up for election on October 7, 2014. Seats A and B are up for election on October 6, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Sue Hull
    • Incumbent
    • Owner, Ben Lomond Inc.

Results

Fairbanks School Board, Seat C, October 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSue Hull Incumbent 96.3% 6,393
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 3.7% 246
Total Votes 6,639
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough



Fairbanks School Board, Seat D, October 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Lambert 39.3% 2,646
     Nonpartisan Charlie Leonelli 36% 2,424
     Nonpartisan April Johnson 22.8% 1,536
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.9% 130
Total Votes 6,736
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough



Fairbanks School Board, Seat G, October 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy C. Dominique 96.4% 6,126
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 3.6% 229
Total Votes 6,355
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough


Election history

2012

Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board Seat A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa A. Hall 43.8% 5,770
     Nonpartisan Robert Kinnard, III 29.4% 3,871
     Nonpartisan Silver Chord 26.8% 3,527
Total Votes 13,168
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election"


Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board Seat B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHeidi Haas 96.5% 11,513
     Nonpartisan Write in 3.5% 420
Total Votes 11,933
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough, "Election Summary Report October 2, 2012 Regular Election"


Campaign finance

As of August 2, 2013, no campaign donations have been reported to the Alaska Secretary of State.[6]

What was at stake?

Three positions including the president position currently held by Kristina Brophy were up for election on October 1, 2013. The most significant controversy currently facing the school district is a Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly proposal to allow school district employees to carry firearms on campus.

Issues

Charter schools

The district has three charter schools.[7] The Chinook Charter School serves grades K-8 and utlizes a Montessori style education system.[8] The Effie Kokrine Charter School is a charter school serving students in grades 7-12 focusing on a college prepatory curriculum with a culture grounded in Alaska Native culture and traditions.[9] The Watershed School serves grades K-9 and emphasizes nature education as well as a traditional curriculum.[10]

Home school program

The district offers a home-school program, Fairbanks B.E.S.T., which serves approximately 265 students.[11] B.E.S.T. offers staff to help parents with curricular development, students to participate in school activities, the opportunity to enroll in up to two classes at district schools, and 24/7 technical support.[12]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District election in 2013:[13]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 Candidate filing period opens
July 26, 2013 Candidate filing period closes
August 2, 2013 Last day to withdraw candidacy
August 9, 2013 Last day to adopt legislation placing propositions and questions on the ballot.
September 1, 2013 Last day to register to vote
September 16, 2013 Absentee ballots available
October 1, 2013 Election Day

Additional measures on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with an election for mayor as well as three seats on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.[14] Voters in the district approved Proposition 1, which will increase property taxes to $13.66 per $100,000 of property value to finance 40% of a $54.4 million renovation at Ryan Middle School. Voters also approved a $19.4 million bond issue that will pay for maintenance and renovation at six schools.[15]

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