April Johnson

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April Johnson
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Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Seat D
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 1, 2013
Term limitsN/A
April Johnson was a candidate for the Seat D position on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board up for general election on October 1, 2013. She was defeated in the election by Allyson Lambert.


Johnson is a parent of one child in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She has served on the Thrivalaska’s Head Start board and its policy council for the past three years, her term expires later this year, but she plans on continuing to serve on the policy council.[1]



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

Johnson was defeated in the October 1, 2013 election for Seat D, placing third behind Allyson Lambert and Charlie Leonelli.[2]

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


As of September 25, 2013, Johnson had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions to the Alaska Secretary of State. [3]


Johnson has not received any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes


In an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Johnson explained her view on the district's most pressing issues:[4]

"I think the biggest is the budget, specifically, all the teachers that were laid off and the increased class sizes that resulted from it this year. Working to resolve it, taking a look at the budget and seeing where things can be moved around to get teachers back on staff more than they had to hire this year and just looking to see that not happen again."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What's at stake?

Three positions including the president position currently held by Kristina Brophy are 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 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District employees to carry firearms on campus.

Charter schools

The district has three charter schools.[5] The Chinook Charter School serves grades K-8 and utlizes a Montessori style education system.[6] 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.[7] The Watershed School serves grades K-9 and emphasizes nature education as well as a traditional curriculum. [8]

Home school program

The district offers a home-school program, Fairbanks B.E.S.T., which serves approximately 265 students.[9] 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. [10]

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. [11]


Fairbanks North Star Borough outperforms the 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.

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