Thanks to the Empire for their coverage of local candidates for school board and the assembly. I have found the Empire's articles and interviews by Eric Fry objective and helpful as I determine who should represent me in these important leadership positions.
As a long-term Juneau resident I would encourage my fellow voters to consider Andi Story as one candidate that will bring a balanced and informed perspective to the Juneau School Board. While all the candidates possess admirable traits that will be helpful and all profess to good intentions, Andi has already demonstrated through action her willingness to commit the time and energy to our local schools. She is a strong supporter of parent involvement in our schools, having spent seven years on Juneau school site councils including past chair of the JDHS Site Council. She has been an active parent in the Auke Bay Elementary, DZ Middle School and JDHS parent groups.
As a 17-year resident of Juneau, Andi understands how our current political and financial climate is being translated into action in our schools. She understands the impact on teachers, on students and families. I have known her to listen and think before responding, a trait that seems a bit lacking in some circles of leadership these days.
Andi is bright, articulate, well-educated, reliable and has strong consensus-building skills. Facing today's challenges in education, I can't think of better traits to bring balance to the decisions faced by our local school board.
I encourage Juneau voters to consider Andi Story for our Juneau School Board.