Medora Fralick: Vote ‘yes’ on 3D
You may have recently read the article in the Steamboat Pilot entitled “School Finance For Dummies.” Unfortunately, the scenarios laid out related to the Steamboat Springs School District are not specific to Steamboat Springs, alone, but rather the entire state of Colorado. Pressures on school districts to “do more, with less” and live up to numerous “unfunded mandates” have created dramas playing out in all of our districts.
The Hayden School District is certainly not immune. The budgetary pressures on the Hayden School District have forced the school board to make difficult choices for decades now. The boards have done their absolute best to ensure the students and classrooms are the last to feel the effects of the financial distress. Oftentimes, these choices have meant little or no funding for other critical areas, such as buildings and transportation. These critical areas have been put on back burners, not because of lack of importance, but because the district was building staff and systems for academic achievement.
Now to the present. The Hayden School District’s transportation fleet is in dire straits. The fleet is on the verge of becoming extinct. Despite best efforts to regularly maintain the buses and small vehicles, the age and mileage are rendering the vehicles unreliable. Our students deserve safe and reliable transportation. 3D is a mill levy override that sunsets in four years. A yes vote will fund the replacement of four buses and two small vehicles.
Safe, reliable transportation to and from school and events is one way we can attract and maintain our student base and help improve the economies of the district. This is a small price to pay for a huge return to our district and our kids.
Vote yes on 3D.
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