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Belinski, Glah and Parker for Aspen school board

Aspen, CO Colorado

Four candidates are vying for three seats up for grabs on the Aspen School District Board of Education in November’s mail-ballot election.

Two of the candidates, incumbents Charla Belinski and Elizabeth Parker, deserve another four years on the board to finish what they started in 2005. Both incumbents have paid their dues in local education circles, even before they were elected to the board.

Parker, an attorney, had served on the Compass board of directors and the District Financial Advisory Board leading up to her bid for the Board of Education. Belinski has a degree in education and communication.

Belinski and Parker have earned their stripes on the board, grappling with various issues ranging from the recession to retaining and housing high-quality teachers and administrators. They have demonstrated the ability to be good, smart negotiators during their tenures, and their experience and savvy will be needed over the next four years, when the district grapples with the challenges of technology, the economy and budget cuts.

The board will also be tasked with finding a replacement for Superintendent Diana Sirko, and we believe Belinski and Parker are up to the challenge.

For the third and final seat, we endorse the election of Robert Glah over Kathryn Frisch. Glah, a financial advisor and treasurer of the board for the Aspen Education Foundation and a member of the district’s financial advisory board, has indicated he wants a tougher, more challenging curriculum for school district students. He has said publicly he envisions a “higher emphasis on academics.” Glah strikes us as progressive-minded, and we expect him to bring fresh ideas to the board. If Glah is elected, voters should make sure he keeps his promise to advocate for a more challenging curriculum and more inspirational setting for the students.

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Belinski, Glah and Parker have all paid their dues, and we believe they would make formidable board members over the next four years.