Letter to the editor: School recall plan costly, misguided

Posted 2/17/21

School recall plan costly, misguided Your recent story about the effort to recall some members of the Douglas County school board is concerning. Over the past year, the board of education has been …

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Letter to the editor: School recall plan costly, misguided

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School recall plan costly, misguided

Your recent story about the effort to recall some members of the Douglas County school board is concerning. Over the past year, the board of education has been navigating both the COVID crisis as well as a $30 million budget shortfall from the state. Through it all, they have been providing an education to students while balancing the conflicting desires of parents, students and staff and following state and local health guidelines. Guidance has been changing constantly, and everyone in the school district, the board of education included, has been putting in extra hours to ensure safe learning environments for our students. The recall effort is a misguided attempt to push for full-time, in-person learning, in a district that does not have the financial resources to keep everyone safe in that environment.

Should the recall petitioners be successful, the costs of a special election would fall upon our already cash-strapped school district, to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars. If those behind this effort truly cared about kids and the local community, why cause such disruption to an already overburdened system and incur these additional costs, especially when terms for four of the seven board seats are up this fall?

Put kids first, and decline to sign the recall petitions!

Laura Welch

Parker

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