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Hard work preceded difficult decision

Dear Editor:

I would like to clear up a few misconceptions that were recently stated in a letter to the editor written by Bob Guion (“Dowley for Board of Education,” Oct. 7, 2011, The Aspen Times).

The Aspen School District board undertook a fact-finding mission about a year round calendar. The board was simply asking the community for input in an effort to become educated on this issue. A task force was formed as part of the mission of the District Accountability Committee to gather data and to then report back to the board with facts.

After researching this issue, gathering input from the community and becoming educated about options, the board made an educated decision about there not being enough data to support adopting a year-round calendar.

Isn’t that what we ultimately want from the individuals who are making decisions about what are in the best interest of all of the stakeholders in the Aspen School District – our children?

I find it amazing that Carmen is proud of the fact that she opposed the school board’s efforts to take the time to simply become educated and did not see the value of gathering community input. Is that really who we want making decisions for our kids?

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Serving on committees and boards, volunteering in our schools and teaching in our children’s classrooms is how one becomes educated about the issues that our community is going to face in the future. I want an individual on the board who will do their homework and who will take the time to make informed decisions about what is in the best interest of all kids.

Roxanne Willsky

Aspen