Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak school board welcomes new Coast Guard member
Kodiak school board welcomes new Coast Guard member
by Wes Hanna / whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com
Aug 23, 2011 | 120 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cmdr. Patrick McElligatt
Cmdr. Patrick McElligatt
KODIAK — The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education welcomed a new Coast Guard representative Monday. The representative aids in advising the board but is not elected and does not vote on school board matters.

“The Coast Guard rep adds such an important part to our board,” board president Norm Wooten said.

Stepping up from the Coast Guard will be Cmdr. Patrick McElligatt, executive officer of Base Support Unit Kodiak.

BSU Kodiak manages and maintains much of the infrastructure of the base, from the more than 400 housing units to the water treatment and sewage plants and the docks where all the cutters tie up.

Those 400 housing units typically house families with at least one or two children, McElligatt said.

“So there’s definitely a lot of children on the base and all of them are coming from different school districts around the country,” he said, “a lot of them that have different needs and concerns.

“I definitely want to be a voice for all of the parents on the Coast Guard base,” he said.

McElligatt’s background, in addition to management, includes work as a comptroller. He has a master’s degree in finance and has done budgeting both at Coast Guard headquarters and in the field.

“I like numbers and

budgeting,” he said.

In introducing himself, McElligatt said he had just celebrated more than 20 years in the Coast Guard and has been in Kodiak for the past year.

He has children entering third grade and seventh grade.

His oldest graduated from Kodiak High School last year and is looking forward to attending the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“The students are very welcoming for the Coast Guard people who transfer in every couple of years,” he said.

McElligatt said he will coordinate with the base’s spouses associations to understand their concerns with education and instruction in the district and bring those issues to the board.

Contact Mirror writer Wes Hanna at whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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