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Support Bruell and Lamont

Dear Editor:

With only a few days left to consider the candidates and issues in the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education election, I urge everyone to do his or her homework and vote. Sometimes school board elections do not create much public interest. This one is different.

I am a retired Roaring Fork School District teacher. I taught for almost 30 years at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, and I volunteer at Crystal River Elementary School. Education has remained my passion. I hope you will cast your ballots for Debbie Bruell and Bill Lamont.

For years I have watched Debbie and Bill serve selflessly in many capacities to help our schools, teachers and children. I agree wholeheartedly with the issues they both consider important: improved district and administrative response to individual and community concerns, retention of good teachers, appropriate academic excellence and challenge for all students, and real accountability.

I recognize that a school board member serves not only his or her district but the entire school district as well. Glenwood and Basalt may not have experienced the issues that Carbondale has in the last few years. But things can change quickly, and Bill and Debbie will be able to use the experience they have gained in addressing our local problems to help the district as a whole. They are both student and community-oriented and respect those values in everyone. Take a look at Bill’s suggestion to analyze the benefits of cooperating and combining services in the three attendance centers. They also understand that being pro-active is one of the solutions to the seemingly endless examples of reacting when a crisis arises.

We have many wonderful teachers, students, and programs in the RFSD. But we also have many serious areas of concern. These are not just “perceptions” by a cranky minority. Bill and Debbie will be honest, creative, hardworking, and approachable representatives for both Carbondale and the district. They will help us keep our kids in our community, our teachers in our schools, and the focus on what is important in education.

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Carbondale