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Election is academic

Dear Editor:

The future of public education in Aspen School District hangs in the balance this fall and you will decide. Will the high quality of education and wide array of class offerings continue or will drastic cuts have to be made?

I’m not a politician nor do I know a lot of fancy statistics about most of the ballot issues. However, I have been given some basic information about several measures you will be voting on.

In order for the ASD budget to remain the same as it is this year, which is already around $1.2 million less than last year, we need all of the following to happen. Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 must be defeated. Also we need to pass the 3A mill levy.

If any of these four do not happen we will be looking at more cuts. If a combination of these go the wrong way we are talking about major cuts. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 26 teachers district wide would lose their jobs. That means the elimination of certain class offerings, most probably key electives and cuts in core classes leading to much higher class sizes.

Please get out and vote. Vote “no” on 60, 61 and 101. We need a “no” vote on all three. Vote “yes” on the 3A mill levy for the schools. You may think this will drastically increase taxes, but it won’t. For a $500,000 home I believe the tax will only increase $16 a year. That’s not too much to pay to maintain the high level of education that we pride ourselves for at Aspen Schools.

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Steve Forsberg

French teacher, Aspen High School

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