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Brianna Gray runs for School Board Seat F

Brianna Gray is running for seat F on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board.
Brianna Gray is running for seat F on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 4:08 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Brianna Gray is running for seat F on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board. This seat is currently held by Sean Rice.

Gray said she is running because she’s passionate about education.

“Education has always been a part of my life. I understand the confidence it brings, also the doors that it has opened for me, I’ve seen that. And I really want the students, their educators, [and] our staff to have that opportunity. I’m a product of our school district. I went to Ryan Middle School, I graduated from West Valley High School, and then I intentionally went to UAF [University of Alaska Fairbanks]. I got my undergrad in Rural Development and Applied Business Management, and then I chose to stay here and raise my kids, who are now in the school district as well, because I truly believe in our community,” she said.

Gray said, “We are going through something that we have never gone through before, and so I understand that enrollment is down right now, so that is going to affect our budget, and so I am fully prepared to advocate for fully funded education. And this goes to the state level. We really have to ensure that we are talking to our governor, ensuring that this is important. Our education system is a pipeline to UAF.

According to Gray, “it also helps us create local employees who are effective, who are efficient, who are skilled, and I think that is very important.”

Regarding online learning, Gray said, “Our teachers, our staff, our students are working really, really hard. I have two students right now who are struggling, who are trying really hard, and I have ten years’ experience in online learning as a student and an educator. And I understand the questions that need to be asked. I understand what works, what doesn’t work.”

Gray wants to challenge how we look at leadership on the school district. “I think it’s really time to really recruit, really retain and promote diverse leaders who are going to ensure that we not only create, but maintain an inclusive and high-quality learning atmosphere.”

“I feel as though my lived experience and representation matters,” Gray said, adding, “We are such a diverse community, and I’m ready to acknowledge and celebrate that diverse community.”

She added, “I am committed to putting not only my time, but my passion and new energy into being an effective board member. I am prepared to do my research before the meeting, so when I come into the meeting, I’m prepared to ask those questions that need to be asked while also making sure that the meetings are run efficiently and effectively.”

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

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