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Re-elect Zeigel

Dear Editor:

My name is Brad Zeigel. I am running for my second term in District B for a seat on the Board of Education for Roaring Fork School District Re-1. I’m asking for your continued support in this election.

These past four years have been an invaluable education for me as I have studied issues through the eyes of public education. Thank you for entrusting me with the job to learn about the pressing items that are shaping our local, state and national school system. It has allowed me to develop an understanding and opinion of where we have been, where we are and where we need to head.

I have learned about state funding, national mandates, affordable housing, local economics, lawsuits and condemnation, as well as standards-based education models, curriculum development, data driven decisions making, professional learning communities, interest-based bargaining, FTEs, and the list goes on. But it is the human side of our district’s work that has my heart and mind, and is why I wish to continue my service for our kids.

My guiding principles are simple:

– Do no harm: Listen, learn, ask questions and envision how policies by the board of education affect our kids, their families, their relationships with teachers, staff and community mentors, and how the business of the district directly effects our nearly 750 employees and their families who commit themselves every day to the well-being of our children.

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– What’s best for kids: I focus my attention on making today, tomorrow and the future vision of our school district first and foremost about our students and their complete 360 degree education (academic rigor, social development, cultural understanding, civic duty, artistic voice, access to quality activities that include athletics, outdoor education and clubs). By creating authentic learning environments, seamless learning opportunities from pre-K through post secondary, and by giving students ownership in their education, we can truly help our kids prepare for their future.

We have a district that is not only evolving into a premier school district that is addressing the 21st-century learning needs that will give our kids that best possible future, we ARE a leader in the Rocky Mountain Region in standards-based education, high school reform, Sheltered English Acquisition, seamless education into high school and higher education, and one of the only western Colorado districts that offers the precollegiate program to first-time college students.

As an educational community, the residents of our three communities have accomplished a lot in the past four years and there is no sign that the next four will not be as active and challenging. Education must not only keep up with these changes, it must lead since we are responsible for giving the tools our children will need to make the most of their future.

The school board is about cooperation, vision, process, discussion and accomplishments. Our district benefits from experienced leadership in all areas of its practice. After four years on the board, I can now say that I bring the necessary knowledge and skills to help lead our district into the future.

Thank you, and please vote.

Brad Zeigel

Carbondale