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Maggie Matheson runs for School Board seat G

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 4:04 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Maggie Matheson 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.

Matheson said she is running because better communication is needed between administration, teachers and parents.

“I have three boys that are right now attending the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, and I’ve gone through the ups, through the downs... and one of the things that I’ve noticed is parents and teachers communicate very beautifully for the most part. But there needs to be a bridge between admin and the teachers. And we need to better communicate with not only admin and teachers, but parents, those who are advocating for kids, everyone that’s involved in taking care of kids.”

“I feel like I’m good at building relationships [and] maintaining relationships, and that’s one of the relationships that I do want to maintain is with the school board, with the teachers and with admin,” she added.

Matheson said she has been reading statistics about the FNSB School District. “We’re number 51 for the whole state for fourth graders... their reading level. So out of every single state, including Washington, D.C., we are at the very, very bottom of that list. I don’t like that. That’s not the school district that my children enrolled into. We were not at the very, very bottom. And I don’t want to see that anymore. I want to make sure that all of us are getting the help that we need, the support that we need.”

She said kids are “going to be graduating and going into the workforce, and they’re not well prepared. In June I wrote a grant, and when I was going through the numbers of fourteen to twenty-four year olds who are not prepared for the real world, that was shocking, and I don’t want our school district to develop children that cannot go into the workforce, that cannot be good employees, or have the creativity to build their own business.”

According to Matheson, the focus of the grant was to help 14-24 year olds “get to a place where they can take care of themselves so they wouldn’t depend on us. They wouldn’t depend on welfare. They could depend on themselves and gain the confidence of taking care of themselves and their new families.”

“I want people graduating from our school district that are going to be productive in our community -- so how better to do that than to help the school board get to that point?” Matheson added.

She said, “I am a Mom. I truly care not just about my kids, but their friends, their classmates, and the whole community. There’s no other place that I want to raise my kids. I grew up in Los Angeles. I don’t want to raise my kids there. This is where I want to raise my kids. I want my grandkids to be raised here, so I’m looking into the future.”

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

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