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New middle school the best option

Dear Editor:Elected officials are charged with the responsibility of making decisions for the citizens they represent. Decisions are arrived at after sifting through facts, figures and recommendations from citizen committees and professionals representing a variety of disciplines. Every decision made by your school board is run through an additional filter: “What is best for kids.” This process was followed diligently in the formation of the Aspen School District referendums 3A and 3B.With community input, your school board and district superintendent spent eleven months examining all the possibilities associated with “fixing” the existing middle school and made a twofold decision. For the long-term benefit of the community and its children, we should replace instead of renovate. Secondly, the work should be done as soon as possible to minimize use of reserve funds for further patchwork. It is not in the best interest of our children or our community to wait another year to do this work. To conduct piecemeal repairs will jeopardize funds designated for teacher salaries and instructional programming. What purpose does that serve? Our middle school-age children deserve an educational facility that is safe, warm, efficient and more conducive to their emotional and intellectual development. Please join us now in support of referendums 3A and 3B. Aspen School DistrictBoard of Education

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