Candidate Profile - Chrya Sanderson runs for reelection to School Board Seat B

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 7:19 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 3:53 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Chrya Sanderson is running for reelection to Seat B on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board.

She said she is running to continue advocating for students’ academic success by offering multiple pathways. “I’ve represented this community as the Education Support Staff Association President,’ Sanderson said. “I’ve represented the community on a national basis as the 2014 ESP (Education Support Professional) of the Year, so I come from the experience of working within a system. So you can see strengths, and you can see the weaknesses, and I come from a place of knowing that they call this ‘Fairbanks, the Golden Heart City. I want to see it stay that way, but we cannot defer. We have to stay on task. We have to stay on point, because the students in this community, they need us to work together.”

Sanderson wants to continue expanding the school district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. “We already have our CNA program, where students are in the nursing field, so if we just push it out a little further, we have our trades, like our electricians, our plumbing and carpentry, students are already involved in those things,” Sanderson said. “So now we need to look at... there’s a high demand for medical, so if we pushed it [with] our with labs, respiratory therapists, and other kinds of... dental hygienists... it’s another field that our students could be learning about being able to pursue that would give them an income and a great beginning in life.”

Sanderson added, “I believe it will up our graduation. Students will graduate at a higher rate. I also believe it is a great contributor as we partner with businesses and local facilities here in our town, so like marketing. We could push out the CTE in grocery marketing or retail marketing.”

The candidate continued, “I want staff to be able to creatively educate the students and to prepare them for the world that they’re going to be entering. For me personally, I have this long work history within the district. I’ve had 34 years of work experience right inside of this district. So I came out of my classroom as Alaska Native tutor to pursue the school board seat. I’m the board member who has worked with students, staff and administrators.”

Sanderson emphasized the importance of funding for the school district’s ability to function. “If the funding piece is in place, then teachers feel secure, staff feel secure, services are secured; but when funding is out of whack in any kind of way, it causes angst because we’re looking to see ‘How do we get funding so that we carry on the mission for our students?’”

Sanderson is running against Jeffrey Rentzel in the municipal elections on October 5th.

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