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Vail Daily letter: My choices for school board

I love and appreciate all of our Vail Valley school teachers, staff and administrators who are providing a high-quality education experience, all the while facing significant challenges. Because of my admiration and gratitude, I volunteer as the president of the Education Foundation of Eagle County (EFEC), and serve as an elected board member of Great Education Colorado, a nonpartisan organization stimulating wise investment in Colorado’s public schools, colleges and universities. It is my passion to raise the level of esteem and remuneration for the teaching profession.

I share this passion with four candidates running for Eagle County Schools’ Board of Education and urge you to join me in voting for Felicia Battle, Tessa Kirchner, Kevin Kottenstette and Carolyn Knox Keep.

I am asking this of my fellow voters as a community member and parent who has had the unique opportunity to be intimately involved and engaged in the topic of K-12 education, in particular, Colorado school funding policy.

Depending on the study, Colorado ranks anywhere from 46th to 49th in the nation in per-pupil funding. This year, despite a robust Colorado economy, Gov. Hickenlooper has informed us that more education funding cuts are expected.

Money alone does not improve schools; however, it does matter. It is impossible to raise educator quality and improve instruction without the ability to provide competitive compensation.

These are big issues for our Board of Education. The team of people elected to the board will need to hit the ground running with passion and expertise. That is why I am voting for Battle, Kirchner, Kottenstette and Knox Keep. This group of diverse individuals is steeped in experience and knowledge of our local public schools, understands Colorado School Finance, and is committed to the success of Eagle County students. Please vote!

Wendy Rimel