Bruell, Lamont for school board
With the approach of the Re-1 school board elections, we’d like to support two excellent candidates, Debbie Bruell and Bill Lamont.
Debbie Bruell is a tireless advocate for Carbondale public schools in a time that can best be described as divisive and controversial. Her commitment and positive attitude in the face of negative PR and discord is commendable, and her extensive time served on several boards and accountability committees and years of school volunteer work provide a solid core of experience. Debbie would bring much-needed new energy and vitality to the board.
Bill Lamont, too, shares a commitment to improving our schools, and his years of experience as a city planning director would be a huge asset. He was integral in the successful establishment of our library district making possible marked improvements in our public libraries, established Advocates for Carbondale Education, coaches many of our kids in baseball and football, and is an impressive communicator who gets results.
What both of these candidates bring to the table, which we feel has been lacking, is the ability to not only have an eye to the future but a critical ear to the present. We need leadership that listens to and involves the teachers, parents and students in finding and implementing solutions to problems, both real and perceived, now.
As parents of three kids in the district that have attended schools in Carbondale and now Glenwood, we have a vested interest in the future, as do Debbie and Bill. Their commitment to proactive rather than reactive leadership combined with their hands-on experience dealing with the recent challenges in our schools qualifies them to lead our school board.
The Re-1 school board election is a mail-in ballot. Please vote for improved leadership and better board communication. And vote for Debbie Bruell and Bill Lamont.
Craig and Pam Willis
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