Back then, William (Bill) Ferguson was Assistant Superintendent of Education for LKSD.
Mr. William Ferguson and his wife Cauline first came to Alaska as young educators and did their first year as the Bureau of Indian Affairs school teachers at Kasigluk, now referred to as Akiuk School.
With this thought, I visited Bill
wife in the winter of 1968 at their new home in Kasigluk.
As they welcomed me to their living quarters, the first thing I noticed was a stuffed Ptarmigan at a lamp desk and had this thought, "Why, these folks had stuffed and displayed my favorite winter food, instead of eating the delicious bird.
I am sure now, that this couple has had many delicious meals with this winter bird.
I enjoined an evening of sharing the way we live, our traditions and culture, which at that time were continually taught by our elders.
Well... Bill and his
wife Cauline lived and taught at Kasigluk for the next 28 years.
Does this not epitomize the dedication and commitment of this man, whom I feel fortunate to have befriended four decades ago?
, whom I tacitly refer to as the Superman of Education, spent a decade as Superintendent of the Lower Kuskokwim School District
, the largest of the State's 23 Rural Education Attendance Area school districts.
is 22,000 square miles, is about the size of State of Virginia with about 3,900 K-12 students taught by 352 certified teachers of which 1/4 are Yup'ik certified teachers.
has the highest percentage of indigenous educators of the State's 53 school districts.
This, is a result of the mission statement which reads as follows.
"The mission of the Lower Kuskokwim School District
is to ensure bilingual, culturally appropriate and effective education for all students, thereby providing them with the opportunity to be responsible, productive citizens."
Through the able leadership of Mr. Bill Ferguson
, many federal and state education proficiency improvement mandates were implemented.
I thank you Mr. William A. Ferguson
and Sue C. Hare.
retired June 30, 2008.