Web site aims to refute recall claims
Two Roaring Fork School District board of education members facing a recall have started a campaign they hope will correct “misleading” information the recall committee is distributing to voters.School board member Bruce Wampler created the Web site, http://www.savegshs.org, which claims, “The people behind the Re-1 Recall have it wrong! Statements contained in the petitions are misleading or false. Letters to the editor and other statements made by recall supporters are full of misleading information. You are not getting the straight facts!” Wampler and school board president Susan Hakanson are facing a potential recall over the district’s plans to buy or condemn local buildings to expand Glenwood Springs High School. The Web site disputes, for example, the claim that no new classrooms are being added at the expanded GSHS. In fact, four new classrooms are planned, but those classrooms weren’t added until recently. A recall mailing also claimed that the school board met repeatedly during work hours, which meant many people couldn’t attend. None of the school board members could remember a board meeting on the Glenwood Springs High School issue held during the workday, said Wampler.While the school board may not have met during the day, the GSHS design advisory group typically met during work hours.A squabble over who met when, however, misses the point completely, said recall organizer Jennifer Vanian. “To me, if they really wanted this known they could have taken out a $1,000 ad and said, ‘Look, Glenwood Springs, if you want (an expanded high school), this is what’s going on.'”Wampler and Hakanson decided to fight the recall campaign based on advice from an attorney Wampler consulted.According to Wampler and Hakanson, petition carriers have also told potential signers that Garfield County clerk and recorder Mildred Alsdorf verified the statements made on the petition. That is not the case, as Alsdorf approves only the format of the petition, not the content.Vanian characterized the disagreements over the veracity of claims on both sides as nit-picking she’d like to get past. “I’d really like to quit nit-picking around on the little issues and get to the main issue. The main issue is, I have over 3,000 signatures of people who are saying they don’t want True Value torn down, and they don’t want (Glenwood) Gymnastics Academy put out of business for the school. That’s the issue: Are they going to listen to the people.”
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