Letter: Board member backs bonds
I am writing in support of the Roaring Fork School District RE-1’s bond (3B on your ballot). Voting yes will allow the school district to move its facilities into the 21st century, for safety, operations, systems and learning areas.
Even though we live in an idyllic setting, we cannot ignore the fact that schools need to be proactive on safety. Our schools were not designed with this unfortunate 21st century reality in mind, and must be updated. Just like your own home or commercial property, systems cannot be ignored for decades and must be updated for efficiency (which creates long-term cost savings) and safety.
In order to attract new tenants, a commercial property owner must ensure its space has up-to-date technology access and ability to meet current needs for collaborative work. How children learn and the tools they use to do so have changed even in the last five-10 years, and the district needs to stay ahead of this curve.
A piece of that is relieving overcrowding. That’s where the Eastbank school comes in. Traffic will be reduced on north Highway 82 and in Glenwood as folks who work upvalley no longer have to bring their children (or bus their children) downvalley — the development is already there.
Capital needs are costly, but they will only become more so. The district cannot count on marijuana tax revenues as those go into a state fund for distribution around the state (think of the fact that GSES received a $9.1 million grant and that was one of the largest — it would take decades, assuming the district continued to receive grants, for the district to receive enough money to meet these capital needs).
Shannon Pelland and the district’s executive team have done an amazing job of informing where each dollar will go. As a member of the Board of Education, I can say the board is committed to holding up its end of the bargain of ensuring these funds go to the committed projects. Vote yes on 3B.
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