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A promise they’ll keep

Dear Editor:As a Colorado Springs resident since 1954 and the principal of Cheyenne Mountain High School, which is located within view of the Broadmoor hotel, I read with interest the Dec. 17 article, “The Jerome: History is part of the promise.” In the 13 years that I have been principal at CMHS, my association with the Broadmoor hotel has been characterized by the consistent commitment of Steve Bartolin to our community and the Cheyenne Mountain School District.The contribution of the Broadmoor hotel to education in our area is immeasurable. In addition to supporting school mill levies, their efforts have provided more than $1.2 million in partnership with District 12. Some examples include the Broadmoor-sponsored annual Partners in Education Dinner and Auction, which raises approximately $80,000 for our schools. Any teacher can apply for a classroom grant of up to $2,500 that must directly affect students. An annual golf tournament, also sponsored by the Broadmoor, raises $15,000 to $120,000 each year to provide additional grant opportunities for junior high and high school teachers.The state DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition is held at the hotel annually, and room rates and food are provided at greatly reduced costs enabling 1,000-plus high school students and their teachers to have a truly special experience. The Broadmoor hotel hosts many high school proms, student luncheons and special events. All of this is possible because of the willingness and commitment of Steve Bartolin to work with local schools to make these experiences affordable. Cheyenne Mountain High School has been able to host nationally recognized educational speakers and consultants that would normally be cost-prohibitive because Steve Bartolin regularly provides rooms, golf packages, and other amenities for a minimal cost to us. This enables us to entice these notables to our school.One Colorado Springs resident quoted in the article is a teacher at my high school. I strongly disagree with his perception that the “new Broadmoor … has become increasingly sterile.” I still consider and have experienced the Broadmoor hotel to be a welcoming and invaluable community resource. As a child, my parents took our family to the Broadmoor to dine for special occasions, and my wife and I continue this tradition with our family. My elderly in-laws, who recently relocated to our community from La Jolla, Calif., stayed at the Broadmoor in a newly renovated room. Their experience was indicative of the quality of excellence that this hotel continues to exemplify. The impeccable service and beautiful furnishings were matched by the Broadmoor tradition of friendliness and concern for each guest. I certainly do not consider myself, my family, students, or staff “riffraff,” as was stated in the article. We feel welcome and comfortable whenever we attend functions at the hotel. A CMHS National Merit scholar summed up the Broadmoor experience this way: “All my hard work in high school seems worth it at this moment,” as he enjoyed a wonderful meal at the annual recognition luncheon.The article began with a question, “How do you know if you can take a man at his word?” I can unequivocally state that the Broadmoor hotel and Steve Bartolin are not only great partners to education and the community, but I am confident that the Aspen community and the Aspen School District will benefit greatly from the ownership of the Gaylord family and Steve Bartolin’s leadership. He is a man of integrity and the Hotel Jerome, like the Broadmoor hotel, will surely retain its historic traditions with Mr. Bartolin at the helm.Paul R. Martin, Jr.PrincipalCheyenne Mountain High SchoolColorado Springs

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