We wish to acknowledge and support the recent endorsements of District 51 School Board candidates, John Williams and Tom Parrish, by the GJ Daily Sentinel and the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.
We agree with their assessments of the talents and expertise that these two candidates will bring to the school board, if they are elected. However, we wish to urge voters to consider carefully the proven leadership that candidate Greg Mikolai has to offer at this critical time for our local public schools.
Of the two candidates running for District E, only Mikolai has had to balance serious financial constraints with government mandates, while serving the needs of a very diverse student population and at the same time, improving student performance and outcomes in a public K-12 school setting.
As described in detail by outgoing school board member, Leslie Kiesler, in a guest editorial in the Sunday, Oct. 13, Daily Sentinel, District 51 continues to be a leader statewide in the struggle to meet these often competing objectives. It has only been through collaborative efforts among teachers, administrators and the community, and with the effective and visionary leadership of Mikolai, that these goals have been and will continue to be met.
During the last few years, when District 51 had to cut $30 million from the budget, it put people’s livelihoods and children’s education at stake. Due in large part to Mikolai’s excellent leadership as school board president, and the cooperation of other board members, the board was able to keep the cuts as far away from students as possible. Although much progress has been made, the financial and educational challenges faced by School District 51 have not ended. This is a time to build on recent successes and support the growth and maturation of creative efforts recently implemented and embraced by teachers, parents, administrators and students. It is not a time to change leadership. Mikolai has demonstrated that he is a strong leader who analyzes every issue thoroughly and makes informed decisions.
We urge you to re-elect Greg Mikolai.
Teresa Coons and Ken Henry
on behalf of the members of “Strong Schools, Strong Communities”