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Vail Daily letter: ‘Yes’ on 3A, 3B

When you are looking to move to a community, you look at the amenities. Does the community have nice neighborhoods, good restaurants, open space, safe streets and good schools?

"Good schools" is an important one. So much is said about a community in its schools.

No matter if the community hosts a world-class ski resort, breath-taking vistas, great restaurants, renowned theaters and music, and beautiful people: if the public schools are under-funded, the community will suffer. Good schools are the root of sustaining a good community.

3A and 3B will provide the funds to strengthen that root ball.

3A will provide funding to recruit and retain the best teachers, support staff, bus drivers and custodians in this valley. No 3A funds will go to senior district administration. 3A will reduce class sizes. 3A will restore programs lost like art, music, technology. 3A will provide funds for ongoing maintenance of school facilities. An investment of $1.90 per month per $100,000 of a home's value will support 3A. That's less than two Starbucks' coffees a month.

3B will provide our students with relevant, upgraded instructional technology. 3B will improve school safety and security. 3B will replace dilapidated roofs, heating, plumbing and other critical repairs. 3B will add classrooms and labs at Eagle Valley High School to address rapid enrollment growth. And, 3B will provide funding to renovate and reconstruct Eagle Valley Elementary, Eagle Valley Middle and Red Sandstone Elementary. Again, an investment of $1.44 per month per $100,000 of a home's value will support 3B. That's equivalent to one month of Netflix.

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The financial shortfall in our public schools is not because of irresponsible spending by our district. Instead, it stems from the fact that Colorado is ranked 42nd out of 50 states in funding education. Currently, Colorado spends $2,130 less per student than the U.S. average. We can't rely on our state to keep our community's schools great. We have to do it ourselves.

Vote "yes" on 3A and 3B to live in a community that has great schools.

Sam Gale

Gypsum