On Tuesday, Unalaska voters will decide two seats on the board of education for the Unalaska City School District.
KUCB’s Laura Kraegel spoke with school board member Cherry Tan, who’s running for reelection unopposed at Seat B.
If she wins, Tan will earn a three year-term.
Cherry Tan: I’ve been in Unalaska for more than 20 years. Right now, I work as a Key Bank branch manager. I’ve been with Key for 11 years, and I’m a mother of two kids. I have a daughter and a son. They are both at school at the Unalaska City School.
KUCB: Why are you running for reelection on the school board?
CT: I mean, it’s an eye-opener for me -- you know, what I can do for my community. And my biggest passion is children. You know, how can I do something to make them explore? How can I help the community itself? And I would really like to start with the school.
KUCB: After two years of serving in this seat, how would you describe the function of the school board?
CT: We’re here for the kids. That is our priority. You know, see how the kids are developing. And then, how can we support them and help them to reach their dreams? Whatever they want to do in life.
KUCB: Unalaska’s school district is considered one of the best in the state, by a whole host of measures. What do you see as a main area in need of improvement? You’ve mentioned the peer climate amongst students.
CT: The school right now is absolutely doing good. Great. But there’s still room for improvement, and that’s one thing we’re going to be working on.
KUCB: And what is “peer climate”?
CT: Well, it’s just like how the kids are working [together]. Their relationships with one another. Respect. Support. Knowing that they’re not only one. You know, they have their teachers and can reach out if they need help. They also have friends and classmates and feel like they’re being welcomed. Our school really has a mix of cultures, and sometimes it’s hard. But at least the students know that our intention is to have opens doors. Whatever culture you are, it will be great.
KUCB: Thank for your time, Cherry. Are there any final thoughts you’d like to share before voters head to the polls?
CT: Well, the one thing I would tell the voters is that I thank them for coming to vote. And I respect their decision and whoever they want to choose. Just follow what you think is the best, and I’m here for the children and for the community.