Letter to the editor

Letter: Let's elevate our schools

Posted 8/1/17

Some kids write imaginative short stories as youngsters, some love numbers, and some collect bugs and butterflies from early on. My daughter loved dinosaurs and the planets. That's why we in Douglas …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: Let's elevate our schools

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Some kids write imaginative short stories as youngsters, some love numbers, and some collect bugs and butterflies from early on. My daughter loved dinosaurs and the planets. That's why we in Douglas County are so lucky to have options - public schools called charters that focus on kids' individual interests whether writing and reading, science, math, the performing arts or something else.

In the upcoming November school board election, only the Elevate Douglas County candidates - Debora Scheffel, Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch and Grant Nelson - want to preserve parents' right to those options for their children's education. Debora Scheffel earned her master's degree in special education from DU and then taught special ed kids right here in Douglas County. She knows their needs and the concerns of their parents. She was elected to the Colorado Board of Education, and is now dean of Colorado Christian University's School of Education, preparing future educators. She's a passionate advocate for kids and educational excellence. As a teacher herself, she respects and shares their dedication to teaching, the most important job in our community.

Randy Mills is an electrician with his own company who favors more vocational training in our schools for kids interested in the building or automotive and other trades. Training in these well-paid careers is much in demand by employers and will increase job opportunities for our graduates.

Grant Nelson is a second-generation Coloradan who's lived in Douglas County for 24 years. His three children attend both public charter schools and traditional schools so he knows the strengths and weaknesses of each. An entrepreneur in the commercial real estate business, Grant believes parents know the best schools for their kids.

Ryan Abresch served as deputy district attorney in the 10th Judicial District (Pueblo) before moving with his wife and young daughter to Douglas County.

Randy, Ryan, Debora and Grant are running to expand the variety and excellence that offer DougCo kids and parents the schools that fit them best. I'm all for that too.

Joy Overbeck

Parker

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