Vail Council resolved to support Red Sandstone
VAIL – When it came time to read a resolution of support for Red Sandstone Elementary School, Vail Town Council members did something a little different. Each member read a portion of the resolution into the record.
Each of those sections started with a “whereas,” and topics included:
• The school is considered a treasured town asset.
• That the town is working to bring working families back to Vail.
• The Eagle County School District every year receives about $21.5 million from Vail taxpayers.
The resolution also encourages people to attend a Jan. 11 meeting of the Eagle County School Board in Eagle. At least three council members plan to attend.
Nancy Ricci, who was Red Sandstone’s principal for 16 before retiring a few years ago, said the school endured budget cuts for many of her years there.
“It can be done,” Ricci said of keeping the school open. “I want to help, not because it was my school, but because it’s Vail’s school.”
But Edwards resident Peter Rosenberg, a member of the district’s budget committee, said Vail, like others supporting specific facilities and programs, doesn’t want to see cuts to its favorites.
“We all have to shoulder burdens and sacrifices,” Rosenberg said.
Mayor Andy Daly told Rosenberg that the town had offered its assistance to the budget committee and the district.
“We reiterate that commitment tonight,” Daly said.
County resident Michael Cacioppo told council members that district officials are using “scare tactics” in retaliation for losing a tax increase ballot issue in November of 2011.
“A business person could solve this like that,” Cacioppo said. “You take $5.5 million (the amount of the district’s shortfall) and divide it by 850 to 900 employees.”
Whatever happens at the district offices, Vail resident and former town council member Kim Newbury urged the council to maintain its resolve to keep the school open.
“I consider this a part of Vail’s infrastructure,” Newbury said. “And I know there are parents here who would attend every meeting if they knew when they were.”
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