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Vote yes on 3E

Dear Editor:My family moved to the valley from Denver almost two years ago, and one of our biggest concerns was the quality of area schools. We were happy with the education our son was getting in Denver public schools, even when we needed to hire a reading tutor, but we didn’t know what to expect in Basalt. Our concerns about his education dissipated when he not only caught up but began to thrive at Basalt Elementary. The teachers he had last year were outstanding! They spent time with us to answer any questions we had and make recommendations on what we could do to help him continue to grow.Our daughter entered kindergarten this year at Basalt Elementary, and she is thriving as well. She loves school, her teachers and her friends. We could not be happier with what Re-1 has done.As a new board member for Re-1, it has been part of my job to make difficult decisions on where to cut money during this year’s difficult budget process. I know firsthand that there is nothing left to cut. With more potential cuts coming next year from the state, I’m extremely concerned.We need to pass Referendum 3E to restore some of the cuts that have been made over the past few years. We need to maintain small class sizes, retain and hire excellent teachers, update our textbooks and take care of our buildings. It is imperative for this district and our community to take care of schools by giving them the money needed so that they can properly teach our children. This investment is critical to our success as a school district, community and nation.I encourage everyone to vote yes on 3E.Richard Stettner and Jill StettnerBasalt