Miller: Josh Keaton decides against re-election to school board

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Dr. Miller has seen a nearly complete turnover in the school board since he arrived here four years ago. And the last person remaining will leave soon since Andi Story decided against re-election to the board in favor of running for the State House.

    So that would make all seven members and in talking about that, Miller shared news that another member is also leaving. "And the eighth one announced today that he is not going to run again."  He identified the board member as the panel's vice president, Josh Keaton.  "So that's eight members who have served with me who won't be on the board as of October.

    In an email, Keaton shared with us his thoughts about that decision:

    "Being a school board member has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Over the past three years, I have grown tremendously as a person. From my continuous fight to keep class sizes small to promoting STEM and Pre-K education, I feel my experience on the school board has been beneficial to both students and Juneau School District staff. I also feel I was able to help enhance the education of Juneau youth."

    "During my time on the school board my career has advanced significantly; requiring more of my time. Dividing my time between family, work, and school board responsibilities has been, and continues to be, a challenge. As I pursue future career opportunities, I know that these will conflict with the time necessary to commit to the school board. Additionally, I have other more personal matters that require my attention. Therefore, with a heavy heart, I have decided that I will not run for re-election this fall."

    "This decision was one of the hardest I have had to make, however, it became easier after I learned about some of the great candidates that have announced their decisions to run for the school board. I’m familiar with these candidates and have worked with them on various issues over the past couple years. I feel confident that the education of our students will be well served by current and future school board members. I remain committed to the education of our students and will continue to participate at site council and school board meetings. I will just be on the other side of the table. After I tackle some of these challenges you may see me seek re-election in a future year."


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