Sean Rice runs for reelection to School Board Seat F

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 4:14 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Sean Rice is running for reelection to Seat F of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

He said he is running for reelection for consistency.

“With this pandemic that’s going on, I just want to make sure that as we go through it, and as we go beyond it, that we have a consistency of what was going on before the pandemic. And with my twelve years of experience, I want to be able to bring that to the table, and make sure that we’re not just worried about just a pandemic, but we’re worried about the children’s education because that’s what we’re really here for, is we’re here for the children’s education,” he said.

Rice added, “I wanted to make sure that as we go forward, we are concentrating on what we’re here for. One of the things I thought of was, it’s easy just to be able to walk away and let someone else handle it. The hard part is going to make sure that I stay here and make sure that we are continuing on with what we’re here to do. And that’s for the children’s education. We’re here for the families, and then we’re also here for the staff of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.”

According to Rice, enrollment numbers are down, which he said is pretty consistent with what is going on. “A lot of the people don’t like the phase-in to the school year, but it’s something that we felt that we had to do -- to make sure that as we go forward, we make sure that that phase-in is coming along, and we make sure that the children’s education is not affected by it.”

Then, Rice said, other priorities need to be taken care of. “Our activities, our athletics, our music, all these are important to the children, and why a lot of them are staying in school and continuing on with what they are doing in school.”

“People shouldn’t just vote for me just to make sure that I’m reelected. These other candidates are real good candidates for the school board as well. One thing that you need to do is, whenever you go to the polls, is make sure that someone is representing you the way that you need to be represented. You can disagree on a lot of things, but if you’re agreeing with someone seven out of ten times, that’s a person that you want to vote for and make sure that they are knowing your concerns,” Rice said. “Whether I’m elected, whether anyone else is elected, make sure they know your concerns. Make sure they know where you’re wanting this district to go.”

Rice went on to say, “One thing that I really see whenever I’ve been on the board for 12 years, is people come together whenever something happens. But throughout the in-between time, no one is letting you know where they want your education to go. They just let things slide. But I want to go out and I want to make sure that I understand what’s going on. I go to the schools on my spare time, and make sure I talk to the students. I go out into the public, and I make sure that I ask people, ‘How’s your children’s education?’”

Rice is running against Greg Kahoe, Brianna Gray, and April Smith in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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