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Voters will direct board of education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Dear Editor,

In the early years of accountability advisory committees in Colorado schools, I was invited to many school districts to meet with residents to discuss budget issues.

I often opened with the statement, “I am from the Department of Education and am here to help you.” Then I continued, “but this is not my district, these are not my children, and the fiscal decisions do not involve my money.”

No state agency knows what is best for your children. No state agency should make decisions for what is best for your Holyoke Re-1J School District.

In Colorado, K-12 educational decisions are delegated to local boards of education. Local decision making is cherished over federal and state control. The major tenant of Colorado’s Accountability Act is to place the responsibility of local decision making directly with each voter.

Often, a community is defined by the perceived quality of its schools. During my career, I am proud to have served Colorado school districts in their quest to provide their children opportunities to achieve computer competence, take advantage of college courses while attending high school, and create distance learning opportunities for students of all ages.

These are challenging times with economic conditions that are complicated by statutory and state constitutional provisions. Decisions about personal income vs. the common good are difficult, and the quality of education for your children remains the ultimate responsibility of you, the voter.

The decision to override the statutory mill levy limitations will directly affect the quality of education in the Holyoke Re-1J school system for years to come.

Your board of education has established open and transparent financial accountability mechanisms to allow each citizen to monitor how well they are spending your money.

Now you have the opportunity to direct your board of education regarding the future for your children and your community.

I look forward to learning the people’s mandate regarding Holyoke Re-1J question 3B.

Very sincerely,
Ronald D. Kelton, Ed. D.
Former CO Department of Education Senior Consultant for School Finance and Data Services