The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Rocking the Boat


The following is from the editorial page of the Sept. 18, 1986 Seward Phoenix LOG.

OUR EDUCATION NEEDS... A local group of concerned citizens has organized to make the entire borough aware of the need for a new elementary school in Seward. While most people appreciate the need almost all say that, because of declining oil revenues, this is a bad time to be asking the voters to approve another bond issue.

Friends of Seward Schools is now actively campaigning in favor of the proposal which will alleviate the over-crowding which is expected to accelerate as we approach the opening of the maximum security prison next fall. By that time the school system will be over capacity by 200 students.

In past school bond issues, Seward voters have supported new schools in the Central and Lower Peninsula areas and it is not unreasonable to expect our neighbors to support our effort. However, we should not take their support for granted.

The local group is in need of volunteers and donations. Promotional costs and travelling expenses must come from private donations. It is estimated that the whole effort will cost around $1,500. That’s not much when you consider the education of our students.

If you can’t afford to make a small donation or volunteer any time to the lobbying effort, then at least residents can do is vote in favor of the proposition. A large voter turnout in area precincts will go a long way in building a favorable majority.

There are approximately 1,600 registered voters on the Eastern Peninsula. In the last borough election over 8,500 people voted. If the school bond election is close, then a high voter turnout in local precincts with an overwhelming number voting in favor of the new school can make up about 25 percent of the total “yes” vote.

The proposed elementary school is not going to be a Taj Mahal, but a basic school. The present elementary school would then become a junior high school. Total cost to the borough will be around $8 million, far less than what some of the other schools on the Peninsula have been built for.

We join the Friends of the Seward Schools in urging the voters to support the new elementary school proposition. If you can’t donate either time or money then please vote. If you can, do all three, especially if you have children or grandchildren who will become or a part of the Seward school system.


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