board's Student Leadership Program is now into its second year. On Monday
night, local office holders addressed this year's young leaders-in-training. The
small group of elementary students in Kodiak and in the villages listened to
representatives from the city, the borough, the school district and the state
board of education.
board President Norm Wooten spoke to the students about his role and the role
of the school board. He asked the children if they knew what a school board
-- (KIBSD Future 1 :54 "I didn't think so....assembly person.")
As part of
their introduction to leadership, the students will serve as pages at school
board meetings. They will also have the opportunity to share their experience
with some of the local community groups.
The school board president confessed to the small crowd that
he once had a fear of public speaking. He told the students that one of his
wishes was that they would grow up to be people who did not have that fear.
Wooten also took the opportunity to address the parents of
the future leaders.
-- (KIBSD Future 2 :50 "And if I could...into the ring.")
Superintendent Stewart McDonald said that the purpose of the program is to help connect children
to public service. His hope is that the students will gain an interest in how
government works and that some day they'll become active participants.
board's Student Leadership Program is overseen by school board secretary and
district administrative assistant, Bonnie Baker.