Many reasons to vote for schools |

Many reasons to vote for schools

Dear Editor:RE-1 School District, Basalt to Glenwood, is facing an opportunity to improve the educational foundation of our valley. On Nov. 2, the $86 million bond, together with the $1.8 million mill override, if passed, will infuse critical dollars into our school district.A comprehensive two-year study has been conducted identifying the needs of the 13 schools in the RE-1 district. This study reported districtwide needs of up to $122 million. After careful scrutiny, concerned citizens, together with district employees, have cut the amount down to $86 million by scaling back some of the suggestions proposed for our schools. Benefits to such a plan are many.• The education facilities will be safer, better quality and brought up to 21st century standards. This will make them more comparable with the neighboring schools of Aspen and Eagle.• Better schools may add to the value of real estate.• New schools attract new businesses and make a stronger community.• Better schools will attract and maintain a stronger workforce for our businesses.• This will keep our valley competitive with other communities in Colorado. High-quality education is one of a community’s greatest assets.• This will attract (and increase the longevity of our) teachers and create pride in our facilities. • We are outgrowing our current facilities and this will add capacity.The timing is right. The needs and costs will only increase if this project is delayed. Now is the opportunity to capitalize on low interest rates. This is an investment in our community. Please vote yes on 3A & 3B.Bob & Kathy JohnsonBasalt

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