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Dear Editor:Unfortunately, John Colson dropped the ball in his recent article regarding the Re-1 superintendent search (Aspen Times, Jan. 23) when he lost sight of the public focus for transparency. Though quoted correctly and profusely, I am not the only community member concerned about the upcoming (and curiously undefined) process. Stepstone members, as well as citizens from three communities who attended the focus groups to define what they wanted to see in a new superintendent, have rallied the school board for a process that will give credibility to the ultimate choice for the position.As a taxpaying and voting citizen, I do not expect to “pick the superintendent” as Michael Bair so smugly remarked. However, I do expect the process to be one that concerned citizens can partake in. A selection committee comprised of people hand-picked by the board instead of a variety of community members actively involved in our schools will not give the process a fair shake. There is no reason that that the final candidates could not be part of a “meet and greet” forum – all parents, teachers and community members have a stake in the new superintendent and should be given the opportunity to offer their impressions and input. The issues of test scores, Montessori fracturing and past hiring decisions are contributors to the present mistrust felt within the district, but are mere sidetracks to the task at hand. The school board answers to us. They work for us. Let’s make them do their job with respect to our children.Denise MossCarbondale


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