Members of school board to abstain from task force vote
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Four members of the Aspen School District board agreed Monday to relinquish their votes while they participate on a controversial community task force.
Four of the five school board members ” Alice Davis, Fred Peirce, Jon Seigle and Laura Kornasiewicz ” serve on the Choice, Capacity and Class Size task force.
The group was formed by the school district last summer to shape district policies on class size and out-of-district enrollment. In January, the task force will report to the school board on whether restrictions should be placed on the acceptance of out-of-district students.
In response to concerns expressed by other task force members, Davis suggested that board members remain active participants on the panel, but abstain from voting when it comes to the task force’s final recommendations in January.
Board President Jon Seigle agreed with Davis’ suggestion. He said the task force was established by the school board because enrollment issues were thought to be too contentious for the board to handle without community input.
“This is one of the most passionate issues for the community,” he said. “We set up this task force in part to let the community have a voice in this, and board members voting goes against that spirit.”
Board Vice President Fred Peirce said that, although happy to relinquish his vote, he wanted to ensure that board members not be kept out of the task force’s deliberation process. Seigle agreed, saying that the board will ultimately have the final say regarding class size and enrollment restrictions, and thus needs to be well informed.
“I don’t mind if we give up our votes,” Seigle said. “I just want to make sure that come January we have a good feel for the fabric of the issues.”
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