We are a group of people who are diverse in political outlook, in occupation, in economic means, and in religious preference. However, we all have something in common. We are all past members of the Ridgway School Board. We care about education. We want the best education for our children.
We understand that a gymnasium was not built as part of the new high school because of a 40 percent increase in construction costs between 2003 and 2004. We also understand the dilemma the school board faced when the gym was not built and the money was spent on classrooms that directly impacted academic instruction. We would probably have made the same decision had we been on the board at that time.
We realize that we are now in an unusual situation where a $3.3 million project can be built while paying less in bond redemption taxes in 2009 and beyond, than we paid in 2008. We recognize that the difference between voting yes and voting no equals $35.34 for a house valued at $300,000.
We urge the voters to look carefully at this proposal, listen to what the students are saying, “a dime a day is a small price to pay,” and vote yes on 3B.
– Howard Butcher, Paulette Crabb, Tamara Shane, Rick Discoe, Liza Clarke, Don Batchelder, Steve Scoville, Larry Coulter, and Michelle Kyne