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Anchorage School Board Race: Seat C

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:44 PM March 28, 2014

A look at the candidates

Pat Higgins

Higgins is seeking his third term on the board and has more than 30 years experience in human resources.

Since he’s been on the board, he says, he’s been able to help make significant changes and would like to continue his progress.

“We’ve made a lot of movement in the last six years I’ve been on the board, and I’ve played a big role in that,” Higgins said. “We’ve gone from low 70s to low 60s in graduation rates, to almost 80; we’ve reduced dropout rates 30 percent.”

Dean Williams

Williams is a newcomer with experience in the juvenile justice system.

As the former superintendent of McLaughlin Youth Center, Williams says his background gives him an understanding of the programs youth need to succeed.

“I have a background — I think it’s different than others in terms of running a large organization like McLaughlin, and understanding the fiscal issues that we’re facing now in the school district, and what I think needs to be done in regards to that,” Williams said.

Liz Ross

Ross has more than a decade of experience in the military and was in charge of the Department of Defense budget.

She says she wants to expand programs and focus on technology careers for students. But she also wants to tighten the budget.

“I think they need a more conservative voice on the school district to control spending, and I do have experience with fiscal budgeting,” Ross said. “I’m also in it for the right reasons — I have children in the Anchorage School District currently. I want to see the best for them and the teachers that teach them. I don’t have an ulterior motive; I just want to make sure the money is being spent in the right places.

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