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Vote for the bond and mill levy

As a parent of a 6-year-old child, I am very interested in the quality of education offered to the children of this community. I have witnessed the issues of large class sizes on the lower elementary grades as well as the positive impact the special education programs have. (Last year my daughter’s kindergarten class was split into two classes due to the large size. Again this year the school district has stepped up to the plate and is hiring a third first-grade teacher to keep the class size small.) I believe the upcoming bond and mill levy issues can greatly increase the quality of education for our children.Summit County’s population is becoming more varied. Summit County is no longer a primary location for a retirement home, a place to spend the summer or a place to spend a few seasons skiing before returning to college or a career. I believe there are more families with young children than ever before residing in Summit County. This community should be striving for a quality of life for everyone in the community, including the children.I have been assisting the campaign for the upcoming mill and bond levies and have attended several presentations to local groups. I wish everyone in Summit County could be at one of these presentations so they could understand how much this bond and mill levy will help our community. At these presentations I’ve learned what was done with the funds generated from the tax approved three years ago from a mill levy that generated approximately $27 million dollars. As a taxpayer, I feel the school district did a great job of handling our funds. With these funds the school district was able to:– invest $6.2 million in a preventative maintenance program– invest $2.7 million in the instructional technology program– invest $2.1 million at Breckenridge Elementary– invest $2.7 million at Dillon Valley Elementary– construct a new Silverthorne Elementary school ($12.7 million)– construct a Facilities Services building ($.8 million)This levy allowed the general funds to be used for programs that directly affected the children (one being more teachers, which equates to smaller class sizes.) This was all achieved with no long-term debt to taxpayers and with benefits to Summit County and the community for many years to come. I ask you to show your support for the children and the future of our community by supporting the upcoming bond and mill levy.

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