How Lauren Boebert’s visit to a rural Colorado school started a small revolt against the district |

How Lauren Boebert’s visit to a rural Colorado school started a small revolt against the district

Some district parents say Dolores Middle & High School never should have invited the polarizing congresswoman

Conrad Swanson
The Denver Post
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert talks with a reporter after she met with Routt County commissioners during a meeting to exchange ideas and find common ground on a number of key issues.
John F. Russell/Steamboat Pilot & Today

Disagreement seemed inevitable, as U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert is a polarizing figure.

But Dolores School District Superintendent Reece Blincoe didn’t think the issue would linger for as long as it has or turn quite as sour for his small community in rural, southwest Colorado.

Blincoe, a principal and other officials have been under fire for weeks from a group of parents angry and concerned that the district invited Boebert to speak to several hundred students at Dolores Middle & High School last month for a civics discussion that turned somewhat political.

Parents within the district say they were blocked from attending or watching the congresswoman’s address to the students when they voiced concern ahead of time. And they’re worried about the message that hosting Boebert sends to the students.

Blincoe acknowledges that Boebert’s comments did include some political spin and that, in hindsight, the district could have been more transparent. But the congresswoman’s presence also gave officials an opportunity to lobby for much-needed funding for the rural district, for which the superintendent says he makes no apologies.


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