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Letter: Support 3B

Darrell Stanley
Glenwood Springs

I am writing in support of 3B, and I ask you to join me in voting yes.

I served as a teacher and counselor at Glenwood Springs Elementary School for 36 years. I now volunteer when I can to support our students. I hear schools being criticized these days, but schools within the Roaring Fork School District shouldn’t be among those criticized. Many of our students over the years have received Rhodes, Daniels and Boettcher scholarships. Many of our graduates have stayed in the valley or returned to the valley, and are now leaders in our community. We need to give our current students similar opportunities to succeed.

The following are reasons I feel we should vote yes on bond 3B:

1. The current facilities aren’t safe. We have been lucky there haven’t been more accidents with cars, buses and kids all within the same delivery and pickup area. In addition, this bond will provide improved safety from potential attacks on the schools.

2. Crowded schools don’t help the students learn. A visit to Sopris Elementary will illustrate the need for a new building. Many buildings within our district are at or above capacity. A new school between Glenwood and Carbondale will help alleviate overcrowding.

3. We have a state grant worth over $9 million to help build a new facility for Glenwood Springs Elementary. This is nearly one-third of the cost of a new school for GSES. We will not get that money if the Bond isn’t passed in November.

4. New construction, upgrades and repairs are not going to get cheaper. We can pay now or pay more later.

Please support our students, teachers, and schools so that we can continue to turn out a fine crop of students as we have done in the past. They are our future.

Thank you for your consideration.


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