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Support schools, vote ‘yes’ on 3A

Dear Editor:

The teachers and staff of Aspen High School endorse the passage of Referendum 3A on Nov. 2.

Referendum 3A is vital to preserving the quality education that has made the Aspen School District one of the best in the state. This past school year, the Aspen School District faced a budget shortfall of approximately $1.2 million. These budget shortfalls will continue even without the passing of 3A. With the impending prospect of additional cuts to our funding, the Aspen School District will be forced to reduce programs, cut teaching positions, and subsequently, increase class sizes.

Ballot measures 60, 61, and 101, if passed, will result in reduced revenues and additional cuts that will further hinder our ability to deliver quality instruction.

A “yes” vote on Referendum 3A will go far in helping us maintain the current level of quality in the Aspen School District by helping us maintain our current funding level and bridge the gap of additional cuts that must be made this fiscal year due to a reduction of state revenue.

The cost to you, the taxpayers, is an increase in the mill levy that amounts to $16 per $500,000 in assessed property value.

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It is because of our deep commitment to the students of Pitkin County and the community that supports them that we ask for your help in passing this important referendum.

We know how much you value our instruction, our educational programs, and the quality of your teachers, and we are proud of what we have accomplished together to make the Aspen Schools the best place for kids to learn.

Vote “yes” on Referendum 3A on Nov. 2 to keep our Aspen Schools great!

The Aspen High School faculty and staff