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Support the children

Dear Editor: As second grade teachers at Aspen Elementary School with a combined 41 years of teaching experience, we would like to encourage you to vote yes on mill levy 3A and bond 3B. We feel fortunate to teach in a community with students and families that value quality education. We believe that both quality teachers and facilities are necessary to provide our present and future students with the best possible education.If 3A passes, it will create additional funding of $700,000 per year for programming and operations. If 3B passes, it will give us the money necessary to replace the aging middle school, as well as provide five much-needed classrooms at the elementary school. The original building plan allowed for these five classrooms to be added at a later date. The additional classrooms will allow the district to reclaim space that was never meant to be grade-level classrooms.For example, three of our second grade classes are in spaces not designed as classrooms. In fact, one has no natural lighting or outside windows and two are smaller than the average classroom space. Furthermore, all three of these classrooms are used as dressing rooms and staging areas during major productions in the District Theater. There are also two fourth-grade classes sharing teaching space in the auxiliary gym. This additional use affects the normal functioning of these classrooms and impacts both teachers and students.We ask that you vote yes on Tuesday, Nov. 1 on both 3A and 3B to support all the children in the Aspen School District. Mimi Hauenstein, Denise Vetromile, Rixt Clifford, Susan McKeller, Becky OliverMargaret SymondsAspen Elementary School

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