My kids are thriving in Mesa County Valley School District 51. I am a mother of four boys, three attending schools in District 51. My kids have been consistently exposed to many incredible teachers and staff and wonderful extracurricular programs.
I am disheartened by the message put forth by some of the candidates running for school board and some of the current members on our school board. Their message of a school system that is completely broken and failing our students is inaccurate and superficial.
Does our school district have areas that need improvement? Absolutely. As a parent, am I settling for a school district that is inadequate, broken or failing? Absolutely not.
It is my responsibility, as a parent, to support my children’s education in every way I can; this is why I feel compelled to share my perspective of the upcoming school board election.
I believe we need thoughtful and rational school board members. We need board members who support a quality,
well-rounded education for ALL kids and accountability of all District 51 staff students, and parents. We need board members who will put students first, have a healthy respect for the working professionals in our schools and come with balanced and feasible ideas.
I have taken the time to listen to the ideas of all six of the candidates concerning our school system. I will vote for John Williams, Tom Parrish and Greg Mikolai because, in addition to all of the qualities above, I believe these three candidates have the most thorough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our school district and are the most prepared to sit on our school board.