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Support schools by voting ‘yes’ on 2B

Dear Editor:

On Monday, Oct. 15, all the teachers, staff and administrators in the Aspen School District did not work with the youth of our community. This was not by choice, but because Monday was a district-wide furlough day. All staff lost pay and benefits for the day to help pay for the $2 million budget shortfall that the school district has suffered over the last four years.

This decrease in contact time with students occurs when most would agree that more education is needed, not less. Additional measures to save funds these past years have included pay freezes for experience and this year a freeze on pay for professional development. In a business where “lifelong learning” is critical, these cuts do not bode well for the future. To remain competitive, the Aspen School District must be able to attract, retain and maintain a highly qualified work force.

That is why I urge you to support the upcoming sales tax initiative 2B. This tax is temporary in nature, sun-setting in four years. It will allow our schools to continue to deliver many excellent programs while the state’s economy has a chance to rebound.

Please support your local schools!

Andre Wille

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