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Losing students and much more

Dear Editor:

Bruce Wampler’s recent ad in his campaign for another term on the Roaring Fork School District School Board questions challenger Bill Lamont’s statement that the district is losing students. Bruce misses the point. As a member of Advocates for Carbondale Education (ACE), I was involved in reviewing these numbers. It is not a question of whether the District is growing. The population of the district is growing so it is natural that the enrollment in the district is also growing. Bill’s point is that the number of students residing within the district’s boundaries who attend public schools outside the district is large and increasing. The district IS losing students ” based on the official Colorado Department of Education figures.

The number of students whose parents reside in the RFSD who are attending public schools outside the district were:

– 2006: 590 students

– 2005: 564 students

– 2004: 452 students

– 2003: 436 students

These figures do not include the students who are going to private schools such as St. Stephen’s, Waldorf, Alpine Christian Academy or the Ross Montessori school (190 students). Not only do we lose the students, we lose the participation of their parents, the funding that comes with each student and the sense of community that comes along with a shared experience. So when Bill says we are losing students and finances and teachers and programs, he is right on the money!

Tom Fisher

Carbondale


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