FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board will see two new board members this coming October, as Treasurer Thomas Bartels and President Heidi Haas are not running for re-election. This will be the second time Kinnard is running for school board, he ran back in 2012, while for Morotti it will be the first time.
Kinnard is a lifelong Fairbanksan and is a product of the school district. He said he’s very passionate about education, “I want to make sure students have the same opportunities I've had."
Morotti said she’s running for school board because she believes he has the experience to successfully aid in student education, “I know that I have the time and experience both in the financial field and the social services field."
Kinnard served on the school district's Curriculum Advisory Board for two years, while Morotti has volunteered with the district's Junior Achievement program, teaching finance literacy to grades kindergarten through 12th for the past five years.
Kinnard said if he is elected, one of his main goals is to make sure that class room sizes are feasible for student learning. For Morotti, it would be student safety, “With 20 percent of the students saying that they're not feeling physically safe or emotionally safe in the school district we have a lot of work to do and I'm ready to make that work happen."
Vowing to support our local teachers and the interests of our students, both Morotti and Kinnard say class size and teacher retention are also important issues they intend to advocate for.