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Longtime residents: Vote yes on 3A, 3B

Vote yes on 3A, 3B

Our RE-2 School District encompasses more than 2,500 students and about 11,000 registered voters, across not only the city of Steamboat Springs, but nearly halfway to Oak Creek and Hayden, into North Routt and past Clark.

About 10 to 15 percent of students and taxpayers live within a walkable distance to the current high school — a personal convenience that has been well recognized in the school bond debate. But what about the rest of our district?

Beyond a school’s physical location, what factors are important in providing a quality education? This is exactly what the community groups who created the facilities master plan were tasked with — creating the best possible plan for all students and all taxpayers throughout the entire district. We think they have done exactly that by

■ Creating a third elementary school and improving all elementary programmatic spaces and providing a larger, upgraded middle school.

■ Designing a better-quality high school with intelligent future capacity and additional programmatic and athletic spaces.

■ Supporting an enriched alternative high school and additional investment in the North Routt Charter School.

All the while, gaining the best return on investment for the taxpayers by keeping residential and commercial school property taxes lower than rates paid after the Soda Creek bond and are half that paid after the high school remodel bond (inflation adjusted).

These are the reasons the board of education unanimously accepted and endorsed this plan. These are the reasons the principals of every single school in our district alongside a very large collection of teachers and educators have endorsed the plan.  These are the reasons so many homeowners and commercial property owners have committed their support.

And these are the reasons why you should vote yes on 3A and 3B — it truly is the best plan for all students and all taxpayers in the RE-2 School District.

Neal and Kim Schulz,

parents and downtown residents

Chuck and Carol Hanger,

parents and 45-year downtown residents

Jim and Sally Lambert,

parents and downtown residents

Matt and Shana Smith,

parents and west Steamboat residents

Melissa Walzak,

parents and west Steamboat resident

Tony and Amy Dickson,

parents, commercial property owners

and mountain area residents

John and Dianne James,

parents, business owners, and 20-year mountain area residents

John and Shael Moyer,

parents and rural Routt County residents

Ed and Shirley Andrew,

parents, commercial property owners and 60-plus year rural Routt County residents

Rich and Linda Danter,

35-year residents of Steamboat

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