Brandon Boylan runs for School Board Seat G

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 4:12 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Brandon Boylan is running for seat G on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board. This seat is currently held by Wendy Dominique, who is not seeking reelection.

Boylan said he is running because it’s important for members of a community to do some level of service to the community.

"I think it’s a natural next step for me to run for school board because I’m a lifelong educator. I’m a political science professor at the university, where I educate college students every day. I also have volunteered in elementary schools, and I’m teaching a class for high school seniors right now.

Boylan has an 8-year-old son in the district who attends elementary school. “I’m running for him, and I’m running for all of his peers across the district, and I want to be a part of decision-making processes and solutions to improve education for all of our kids in the district.”

According to Boylan, “There’s a lot going well in the district. I have followed district policies and curriculum for years, and I think there’s a lot going well. Nonetheless, there’s a lot of challenges that we face, one being COVID -- the coronavirus pandemic. And I think that it’s been a very difficult time, a very stressful time for all people -- parents, children, educators, school district administrators, et cetera.”

Boylan said he thinks that under the circumstances, the district has handled things as well as they could. “That is not to say that there haven’t been frustrations and grievances that have been very legitimate,” he said, adding, “I, like everybody, want to see the world get back to normal. I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. I’m not sure when our schools can be open, but I’m going to prioritize the safety and the health of our kids first.”

He said, “I want our kids to get back to school as much as everybody. But we have to keep an eye on and monitor the COVID cases and see how COVID is impacting our community because the last thing I want is kids getting sick and then getting their families sick as well.”

Boylan also discussed the district’s financial concerns. “Everybody knows the state is in financial crisis. The school board, the school district has no power to raise revenue itself. It gets most of its funding from the state, a good chunk of money also from the borough assembly, and the rest from federal avenues -- and I would advocate, as a school board member, to keep funding coming into our district so we don’t jeopardize our education for our kids.”

“I’ve dedicated my entire life to receiving education and giving education. It’s in my blood. I’m an educator, through and through, and because of that I have a lot of experience with curriculum development and policy analysis and budget management, and working with a diverse range of people, including kids,” he said.

Boylan is running against Maggie Matheson in the municipal elections on October 6th.

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