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Jill Duplessis: Vote ‘yes’ for Soroco schools 5A

A few weeks ago a 2018 Soroco graduate returned from Marine Corps basic training. He returned in his uniform, his hair trimmed, with a sense of maturity and confidence emitting from him. I was so proud.

Another 2018 graduate earned a scholarship to Columbia University, where he is studying among the best in the country and running track. This is a student who dreamed of and facilitated the organization of Soroco's first cross country team. Members of that team are now a force in their region.

Spring of 2018 also saw the graduation of a student who won the state championship for his weight class in wrestling and earned the Daniels Scholarship. He is now attending Colorado School of Mines.

Other 2018 graduates are attending universities in Alabama, California, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado. Graduates from years prior to 2018 are working as vet techs, diesel mechanics for railroads, lawyers and administrators in the hospitality industry. All of these success stories are the manifestation of kids working extremely hard, teaming up with the teachers of Soroco School District, in order to keep the American Dream alive.

By now, the numbers have been published. Soroco School District is in the top 10 highest-performing districts in the state, and Soroco teachers are paid the least in the northwest region of Colorado.

Ballot measure 5A will help to rectify this situation. Numbers tell one side of the issue, but another side of the story lies within the students who attend Soroco School District.

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These are students who understand the opportunities a public education gives them. These are students who understand the gratification of hard work. These are students who understand the profound role teachers have on their futures.

Attend a music concert, and you will be moved to tears by the sound of the choir's five voices filling an auditorium. Attend the Future Farmers of America Greenhand Ceremony and not only will you be fed from the harvests of South Routt's producers, you will be inspired by the professionalism of the students. Come to any event in the district and see for yourself the relationships between students, teachers and community members.

Please vote “yes” on Soroco Schools 5A. With your help, Soroco School District will continue to attract and retain teachers who are the vital link between Soroco's students and their accomplishments.

Jill Duplessis

Oak Creek

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