Candidate Profile - Incumbent Erin Morotti runs for School Board Seat A

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Published: Sep. 2, 2021 at 4:52 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Erin Morotti is running for reelection to Seat A on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board.

She said she is running because she is an advocate for student and staff safety.

“In these financial times, the Board of Education needs someone with a strong financial background. They have to be able to ask the tough questions, and then understand the answers that they are receiving. They’re also accountable for a large budget for the school district, and the board is responsible for that. I am the only board member that has that financial background, and I am the only candidate that has that financial background. I have 20 years in finance, with a degree in accounting and economics,” she said.

She also wants to leave out political pressures and personal opinion and “raise the voice of the entire community.”

Morotti wants to find new revenue sources for the district “and also strategically reduce expenses; but I want to make sure that the budget cuts that we, as a board, decide on, that they do not negatively impact our staff and our students.”

According to Morotti, last year the school district saw a drop in enrollment. “This year we have recovered our enrollment significantly, but we did have to take some steps last year in order to make it through that year financially, and those will impact our next three years due to the reduced enrollment previously. We also have a large amount of money coming to us from our COVID grants from the federal government and the state, and we have to make sure that we manage those properly.”

If reelected, Morotti wants to maintain strong partnerships between the school district and the community. “I want to bring everyone back together again. I want to continue what I started three years ago, which was an investment and a strategic focus on social and emotional supports for our students. We definitely need to focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but I also want to ensure that we take care of all of the needs of all of our students. That needs a holistic approach, and that’s been proven to help our students grow and help them learn.”

Morotti said this is an important year. “We have a lot of economic recovery that needs to be done. We have bargaining units that need to be renegotiated, and we have a return to in-person learning for a lot of our staff and students, so the next steps we take this year are going to be crucial to the success and the recovery of our community. As the board treasurer for the last three years, and the audit rep for the last three years, and the budget chair for two years, I led this community successfully through hard financial times, and I’m ready to do it again.”

“If you’ve appreciated my fiscal responsibility, my collaborative work and my sharp focus on staff and students, I’ll need that vote this October for reelection,” she added.

Morotti is running against Sally Gant and Andrew Graham in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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