Letter: Say yes to Fairbanks, our community

Dear Editor:

The Nov. 8 ballot will be one marked with controversy, however I would like to take a moment to express support for our local school district — Fairbanks.

Our family built a new home in this charming rural district nearly three years ago. With have three active children in the district. Our family continues to interface with many of the fine administrators, board members, teachers, support faculty and students. We are proud to be Fairbanks Panthers! We are also publicly in support of the levy, having participated in both the community meetings and online surveys.

As many of you realize there will be a 7.45 Mill ($35.5 million) bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot. For those living in the district this means you have an opportunity to be a partner in unprecedented progress toward replacing (aged) infrastructure.

As Union County is the third fastest growing county in the state, several local schools including Fairbanks, has experienced growth in enrollment numbers. A proposed 6-12 building and addition to the elementary will bring capacity to 1,430 students. (Current capacity is 1,126.)

Neighboring districts have all either significantly renovated or replaced their facilities while the older Fairbanks facilities are becoming more outdated, less safe and increasingly difficult to maintain. There are growing concerns that the district cannot keep pace with current technology, safety/security, and simply heating and cooling the buildings efficiently. Additional challenges include inadequate space for active learning, athletic competition and before/after school programs.

Please consider voting YES for the Fairbanks bond issue and YES to our community. Our students and faculty are counting on your support of this levy, further developing excellence in learning. Now is the time to reinvest in the future of our students, now is the time to vote YES for Fairbanks.

Craig J. Baker