Pete Bergmann: Don’t let rumor mill guide your vote
Craig — To the editor,
First of all, we would like to thank the residents of Moffat County for allowing us to share information regarding the upcoming 3A election. We have used every media we can think of to communicate the facts and needs regarding our ballot question. Unfortunately, we are unable to reach every resident and answer all questions. As the election approaches, we are hearing and reading about various rumors and misinformation. We would like to remind the voters that everyone in Moffat County is one phone call away from separating fact from fiction. Please don’t let the rumor mill guide your vote; call us and get the facts. We really appreciate those residents that have taken the time to ask good questions and get accurate information.
• We spent $300,000 to build an auto mechanics shop in 1995 to enhance our vocational curriculum. In 2001, after our auto mechanics teacher retired, we advertised regionally for a new qualified teacher to teach these classes. Without any applicants for this position, and a significant drop in auto mechanics enrollment, the School Board opted to restructure auto mechanics instruction into the Vo-ag program, and better use this space by converting it into a much needed weight room. This renovation cost $2,000 to $5,000, not $400,000.
• Moffat County School District has never spent “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on the old armory building. The only money the district has spent on the old armory building was $15,000, (in lieu of paying rent) to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to renovate a small space for our alternative school. This alternative school has been a significant part of Moffat County School District’s success to annually reduce our dropout rate, which has gone from 5.4 percent in 2000 to 1.8 percent in 2006. The state dropout rate has increased annually and was 4.5 percent in 2006.
• Moffat County School District has contained administrative costs. In the 1997-98 school year, the district employed 17 positions in administration. Ten years later, in 2007-08, the total number of administrative positions is 16. Inflation has outpaced increases in administrative costs by 10 percent during the past decade.
• Please remember, by law, our records are open to the public. So if you have questions, please come and see us and cast a vote based on accurate facts and figures. Call 824-3268.
Ultimately, 3A is about the well-being of our kids and our community. Believe in a better Moffat County. Vote yes for quality of schools, quality community and quality of life.
In an effort to make coal more competitive against natural gas and renewable energy sources, two of the nation’s largest coal companies, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, have announced that they plan to combine assets in Colorado and Wyoming. Routt County’s Twentymile Mine would be managed under the new joint venture.