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Stop the bleeding in district; vote yes for 3E

Dear Editor:For the past nine years I have worked toward making positive changes in the Roaring Fork School District. I am writing from my personal perspective. I am not writing on behalf of the RFSD School Board. But as a parent volunteer and grant writer, my perspective and vision have remained the same:- Public schools are the heart of every community and the key to our nation’s future.- Our children and our communities are incredibly fortunate to have the outstanding teachers and outstanding schools that we have here in the Roaring Fork School District.- There are numerous ways we could be drawing on our district’s strengths to provide an even better education for our children.It is for these same reasons that I urge everyone to vote yes on 3E – the local Vote for Our Kids initiative. Our schools need adequate funding in order to maintain the high quality of education we provide and to make our schools even stronger. Given the drastic cuts in state funding we’ve faced the past couple of years, a mill levy override is absolutely essential to maintaining great schools.Many people are questioning how this funding issue relates to other issues in our district. As a school board member I often hear from teachers, parents and other community members who have ideas for improving our district. I am a firm believer in the continuous need to look critically and thoughtfully at how our schools are operating, and find ways to do even better. I encourage everyone to voice their ideas, talk with friends and neighbors, organize with others, communicate with school administrators and board members, attend board meetings, consider running for the school board themselves and vote in this November’s school board election. These are the mechanisms we have available to make improvements in our district.Voting against the mill levy will not make these improvements happen. Voting against the mill levy will mean more cuts in the coming years. It will mean the loss of teachers, larger class sizes and out-dated materials. Voting no will make it more difficult to make improvements to our district. Voting no will shortchange our children and our communities.Over the years, many of the issues I have raised and the votes I have cast have been quite controversial. Ballot initiative 3E is separate from those issues. Whatever other changes we may desire for our district, 3E is critical to the education of our children. Please vote yes on 3E and keep working to make our district the best it can be.Debbie BruellCarbondale

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