To the editor: As an educator with a deep interest in our community’s well-being, I’m delighted that my colleague Brandon Boylan is running for school board. Over the years, I’ve observed Brandon’s devotion to his son Sam, his pride in Sam’s growth and development, and his interest in Sam’s progress in school. Brandon wants to contribute to the betterment of local schools so that not only Sam but also all Fairbanks children have access to the best possible education.
Brandon’s long-term interest in our public schools crystalized this summer as budget cuts threatened public education throughout the state. In his campaign for school board, he has immersed himself in the issues facing the district. He has sought advice from former and current school board members, met with candidates for other elective offices, interviewed with teacher and support staff union leadership and secured their endorsement, and participated in the Climate, Justice, and Jobs forum at the JP Jones Community Development Center, the Fahrenkamp luncheon debate, and the West Valley High School-sponsored candidate forum. Brandon’s commitment to improving education in Fairbanks couldn’t be clearer.
As an engaged parent of three sons who attended Fairbanks schools, I recognized well before I became a high school teacher myself that quality public education relies on a strong partnership among teachers, parents and the students themselves. The four years I taught at Lathrop High School opened my eyes to the broad spectrum of challenges that students in our town face. As faculty at UAF, both Brandon and I recognize the importance of a strong K-12 education system.
Brandon’s campaign slogan “Kids First” aligns perfectly with the educational philosophy he exhibits at the university. He holds students to high standards while showing a sincere interest in their academic success. Moreover, he’s a terrific colleague — collaborative, congenial, a good listener, and a creative thinker. These attributes will make him an asset to the school board and the school district. He’ll do his own homework while carefully considering others’ perspectives.
Fairbanks stands to gain with the election of Brandon Boylan to school board Seat C. I hope you’ll contribute to his election success.
Mary Frank Ehrlander