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I plan to make use of our school district’s untapped resources

Debbie BruellGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

My name is Debbie Bruell, and I am asking for your vote for the Carbondale seat on the Re-1 board of education. I have two children in the Re-1 schools – a kindergartner and a fifth-grader. For the past seven years I have been actively involved in the Re-1 schools: as a classroom volunteer, Accountability Committee member, and a key player in initiating innovative programs at the schools. I am currently employed by the district as a part-time grant writer. Through my experience working with the schools, I’ve learned that our district has two tremendous assets that remain largely untapped resources:1. Parents and community members: There is a strong ethic of volunteerism and involvement in this valley. By embracing that spirit of community involvement our district could make our schools even stronger and more attractive to the families in this valley. 2. Outstanding teachers: As the ones in the classrooms with our children, teachers’ input to the district is essential. We need to value teachers’ perspectives and solicit their input as we shape the future direction of the district. As a board member I will focus on making the most of these two incredible assets. When teachers and community members see that their perspective and their input matters to the district, then everyone can be “on board,” working together. The earned support of our communities and teachers will empower our school district to address whatever challenges come our way.We’ve been hearing from the incumbent school board members that the district already has healthy relationships with the communities. However, as I talk with community members I hear a strong message about the need for the school board to be more attentive to community members’ concerns.We’ve been hearing from the incumbents that enrollment at all of our schools is up. Yet as I talk with parents and community members I hear a deep concern about the demographic imbalances at Carbondale schools and the loss of middle income families from our schools. We’ve been hearing from current board members that our district is on the cutting edge of standards based education. Yet parents’ perspective of how standards based education is affecting their children’s education is often one of confusion and concern. Clearly there is a disconnect between the perspective of our community and the perspective of the current school board. It is my desire to remedy this disconnect that is inspiring me to run for a seat on the school board.Please know that I’m generally the first one to talk about all the great stuff happening at my daughters’ schools and I do that every chance I get – the grocery store, the park, or wherever I encounter other families. I am well aware of the strengths of our schools, and I look forward to building on those strengths. At the same time, I am also aware of the challenges that our schools face and the need to directly address those challenges.I’ve worked on numerous boards and steering committees before, and education has been an important part of my professional life for many years. I’m good at understanding different people’s points of view and I work well as a team member. As an active volunteer in the Re-1 schools for the last seven years, I have successfully collaborated with the district to create positive changes at our schools. And I am passionate about creating outstanding public schools throughout this district. I hope I can count on your support.Debbie Bruell is running for the RFSD school board against Brad Zeigel.

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