Letter: Vote yes for Fairbanks schools

Dear Editor,

As many of you know, there is a 7.45 Mill ($35.5 million) bond levy that will be on the ballot this November for the Fairbanks School District. This levy will be used to fund the construction of a new 6-12 grade building and expand the current elementary school.

Our family has lived in the Fairbanks District for over 20 years. We currently have two children in the high school and two that have graduated. I can’t begin to tell you how pleased and proud we are to live in the Fairbanks District. When we built our home 20 years ago, we didn’t even know for sure what district we were in, all I knew was that I wanted to be in Marysville. When our builder informed us that we were in the Fairbanks District, I remember being disappointed. But over the years, God revealed to us that he knew better and we were definitely where we were supposed to be.

Our oldest was welcomed into the Fairbanks community when she started here in eighth grade, a very hard time for a child to be thrown into a new school. The students, teachers and everyone she met were friendly, kind and helpful. Even though she is now married and living in Tennessee, she still keeps in touch with several of her Fairbanks friends. Our youngest who just started high school after being home-schooled for six years was also made to feel welcome by the administration, teachers, and students. She wasn’t once made fun of or criticized for being home-schooled.

You may wonder why I am telling you all this. Many of you know the reasons why we are placing this levy on the ballot, we need more room, we are growing, closets are being used for classrooms, etc. but I wanted you to realize, on perhaps a more personal level, what a truly special school district Fairbanks is. I am grateful to people in the past who I will never know that have funded our district for my children.

Now it is our turn to help fund improvements for this district for future generations so we can continue to have Fairbanks be a truly excellent school district for many years to come.

Please join me in voting “yes” for Fairbanks on Nov. 8.

Lisa Adkins


Fairbanks Board of Education

Milford Center