Letter: Kudos to board members
On May 10, I joined my fellow Roaring Fork School District Board of Education members in approving the development of 20 rental units in Carbondale. Combined with other projects, there will be 55 units available for teachers and staff by the fall of 2018.
At this same meeting I was humbled by the presentation of Paul Freeman and Gayla Rowe highlighting the incredible work of Glenwood Springs High School staff. They spoke passionately about the staff’s commitment to creating a place for every student to succeed while also highlighting efforts to push every student beyond their comfort zone to reimagine what is possible. A concrete example of this is freshman and sophomore year seminars culminating in every junior taking the AP Language and Composition exam.
These are just two examples of the work underway in our school district to build a school district that is second to none in our state and a model for rural education.
This work could not have been accomplished without the tireless efforts of Daniel Biggs, Karl Hanlon and Terry Lott Richardson. Without their contributions I’m confident that this school district would be in a different place today. Board members often toil in the shadows because the real work happens each and every day in our schools and classrooms. Board members serve because they believe in the power of public education as the great equalizer in our society.
Today, I’d like to shine a spotlight on the contributions of Daniel, Karl and Terry. I’d be remiss in not recognizing the work of my colleagues currently serving, too. When you see my colleagues, and most importantly, when you see Daniel, Karl and Terry, let them know that you appreciate their service on behalf of our children. I certainly do each and every day.
Matthew C. Hamilton
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