Carry on Farrell’s tradition |

Carry on Farrell’s tradition

(This letter was originally addressed to the Aspen school board.)

The past school year had so, so many highlights. I’d say our 2003 graduating class was extraordinary!

I know all of you are very busy, but I wish you could have seen the proud student-athletes, their parents and coaches at the Senior Athletic Awards Banquet (Coach Reno was the only excused absence).

Did you know that over 20 percent of those receiving varsity letters were also awarded All-State Scholar/Athlete recognition by CHSAA? I only wish you could have witnessed the significant role extracurricular activities have played in the growth of our young people.

As Tom Farrell, our own scholar/athlete/superintendent, departs, I hope you will revisit “the statistics” and see what outstanding citizens our schools are producing. I sincerely hope you do not feel the need to “hurry up and hire someone.”

As you search for a new superintendent, be sure your discernment process takes you to a student council session, a concert, theater production or art show. Check out the playing fields, courts, slopes and ice rinks.

See how the “whole student” is being prepared in our school system. Do not hire some geek who has not seen the light of day and is too busy attending “meetings” to get to any events.

I urge you to seek out a candidate who will continue the Heroes Program. Find someone who will start up and lead his or her own Experiential Education trip. Just see if you can find a superintendent who leads by EXAMPLE, rather than by THE BOOK.

Thanks to Tom Farrell, the Aspen School District has enjoyed some of the most fruitful years in its history … in every category.

I hope you will recognize his winning style and work to continue the tradition of preparing our young people, not as number-crunching machines, but as thoughtful, healthy, well-rounded stewards of tomorrow.

Joe Farrell, (no relation)

Snowmass Village

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