Letter: Hanlon for RFSD board | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Hanlon for RFSD board

Rarely has the Roaring Fork School District seen such potential to have a positive effect, not only on our children, but on our communities. The currently seated RFSD board has tackled some very difficult issues over the last year with very positive results.

Board member Karl Hanlon has been a driving force in moving RFSD forward. Karl has the proven ability to listen to all viewpoints and to develop and implement real world solutions that work, not only for RFSD but for our communities. I have seen this in his work with the school district as well as with the city of Glenwood, for whom he provides legal council. He is able to offer concrete, successful solutions to difficult situations.

The Roaring Fork School District is a cornerstone of each of our communities. Without good schools, the ability to attract and retain qualified teachers and provide our children the tools they need for success, our communities falter. Karl has been instrumental in developing a housing model that is realistic and could be used by other employers.

This is a critical time for the district, as well as our communities. The board needs members that have knowledge of the needs of all of the communities, not just their own. It is also crucial that they have extensive understanding of issues of school finance and testing at a state level that impact the local district. Karl Hanlon is that person.

Karl has been active in all of our communities and has formed the relationships and has the expertise to get things done. He has children who have graduated from Basalt High School and two currently enrolled in Carbondale. He also understands the unique challenges of having a special needs child. He and his wife are helping others in our communities with the formation of Smiling Goat Ranch, where the Horse Boy program will help children with autism.

I urge your vote, by Nov. 3, for Karl Hanlon for RFSD Board of Education, a man of proven ability, integrity, experience, knowledge and action who will work tirelessly for the entire district.

Kathryn Trauger

Glenwood Springs

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