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Peirce and Wills for school board

Dear Editor:

We are writing to express our full support for Sheila Kennedy Wills and Sandra Peirce for the two open seats on the Aspen School District School Board.

Due to continued, extreme budgets cuts, the Aspen School District is facing a $900,000 budget shortfall next year. The Aspen Education Foundation will be doing its best to help with bridging the budget gap, but it cannot fill the entire deficit. Our Aspen School District has been trimming its budget for several consecutive years and has been running very lean. It has thus far been able to keep many of the cuts from directly affecting the classroom. However, direct resources to classrooms, which could possibly result in teacher layoffs, will not be immune from next year’s rounds of cuts.

There are a couple of solutions to these dire circumstances. Our current mail ballots include Proposition 103, which would provide for a small, five year tax hike that would be directly dedicated to education. If Proposition 103 passes, Pitkin County stands to receive an additional $1.2 million in education funding.

Both Sheila Kennedy Wills and Sandra Peirce have expressed their early and strong support for Proposition 103. Their unequivocal support for this potential school funding demonstrates their knowledge and foresight of the difficult budget dilemma the school board faces next year. So, vote for Sheila, Sandra and Proposition 103.

Sheila Kennedy Wills is a former elementary school teacher, a lawyer and a businesswoman and knows how to read spread sheets and meet a payroll. Sandra Peirce has served on countless Aspen School District committees on all three campuses, elementary, middle and high school. Both women have had children in the schools and have volunteered for their children’s classrooms. They both have a deep commitment to the success of the Aspen School District and are prepared to work well with others, including those that may have differing opinions, in order to continue the success of the Aspen Schools.

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For these reasons, we wholeheartedly endorse both Sheila Kennedy Wills and Sandra Peirce for the two seats on the Aspen School Board. Please remember to vote your Mail Ballot and to turn it into the County Clerk’s Office on Main Street by 7 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 1 and vote for Sheila, Sandra and Proposition 103.

Cavanaugh and Blanca O’Leary

Aspen

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