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Kids deserve the best

Dear Editor:

I am asking voters of the Re-1 School District to vote yes on 3E. I am the parent of a Basalt High School freshman and a Basalt Middle School fifth-grader, both of whom have been in the Basalt public schools since kindergarten.

I know how much the schools have already cut from their budgets. They are doing the same, if not more, with less money. There’s nothing left to cut. Except the things that help to make our schools great.

Our kids receive a well-rounded education – enjoying music, art, field trips, foreign language, technology. Not to mention buses. Imagine how much more traffic there will be on the roads with no buses. It impacts your life, even you have no kids in school.

Imagine 30, 40, even 50 kids per classroom. Imagine no art, no band playing at the homecoming football game. Imagine no football games.

Nothing is off the table as far as cuts go.

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My kids are worried – they ask me what will happen if 3E doesn’t pass? They love, love their teachers, they love band, they love art, they love music, they love sports. They don’t want to lose anything, and they shouldn’t have to.

Our district has done a really good job cutting as much as they can but they’ve reached the end of the line; there are no other options. Teachers will lose their jobs, hurting our already fragile economy, hurting our kids. Our schools, instead of being great, will become average at best. Good schools help the entire community. These kids are our future – they deserve our support. Please vote yes on 3E. Keep our public schools great!

Judi Simecek

Carbondale