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Parents’ concerns must be addressed

Dear Editor:I am writing in response to the article titled “Re-1 chief concerned about segregation” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Sept. 16). If the superintendent was concerned that too many Anglo students were leaving Crystal River, why wasn’t he listening to concerns voiced by parents years ago? Anglo students have been leaving Crystal River for years.I have attended many meetings with the district over the last six years and throughout that time frame, parents repeatedly requested that the district take action on the following: A strategic plan that focused on meeting the changing demographic trends in Carbondale schools; Effective leadership at the old Carbondale Elementary School to meet the changing demands; An aggressive marketing plan to retain and attract families that were considering other educational alternatives; An outdoor education program; A Spanish program for all students beginning in kindergarten; and A survey to understand why so many parents were leaving Carbondale Elementary School and choosing other alternatives.If the district had responded to some of those requests years ago, maybe things would be different now. It’s great that the district has finally taken some action, but for many it’s the proverbial too little, too late.I sincerely hope that as the school board considers candidates for a new superintendent, that they look for someone who is a consensus-builder and both visionary and progressive in their approach to education. Like it or not, Carbondale has three K-8 public school alternatives. It’s time for the blame game to stop. Inflammatory comments like those published last Friday only make it more difficult for our community to begin to move forward.Laura KirkCarbondale