To the editor:
Vote in the upcoming election Nov. 5. Mail in ballots will be mailed out in October. Your votes do count, and this will be a very important election with all that will appear on the ballot. All votes do matter.
Myself and 10 other individuals are running for election to the Moffat County School District Board of Education. I am a current member of the board and will have served on the board for two years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a project management certificate from Villanova University. I am retired from the transportation industry and was an entrepreneur with my own business for seven years.
This is a volunteer position, which requires far more than just attending a board meeting once per month. Education is the foundation of our way of life and global in nature more than ever before. Therefore, all members of the board must share a common goal, which is to do all we can to see that our young people get the best education possible. Personal goals can defeat the purpose of any board. Diversity with a common goal in mind gives vision and strength to a board.
It is possible that after the election, we could have four new members on the Board of Education. I would hope that the voters would give credit to the positive contributions made by the experienced members of the current board. We have made great strides to improve our schools by giving our teachers and administrators the tools they have needed to improve our education in Moffat County. We have been a pilot district for the Senate Bill 191 teacher and principal evaluation system adopted by the state of Colorado, with the intent to help our educators be the best they can be. We have supported our teachers in their development of the Understanding By Design model, which also helps them sharpen their skills as educators.
Future board members must continue to build on the foundation that the current board members have built. Become aware of all the issues facing our education system. School finance in Colorado is a very big issue that you as voters need to be informed on. A bill to raise income taxes in Colorado will appear on the ballot this year.
Even if you no longer have children in school or if you are younger with no kids at the present time, our schools are a very important part of your life. Your taxes support the schools, and these young people are the future leaders not only of our local community but of our nation. No matter what career path these young people choose, it will require them to have a good education to be able to compete in a global economy. Learn as much as you can about all of the candidates running for this election.
Lawrence L. Sober