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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on May 31, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Advocates of splitting the Boulder Valley School District into two districts are preparing to circulate a petition to get the split before the voters. Do you think the Boulder Valley School District should be split in two?

I question the value added in splitting the Boulder Valley School District into an east district (Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Broomfield) and a west district (Boulder and mountain towns). I don’t see size as important as the direction and resources the district has to get there. Splitting the district may be more like rearranging the furniture on the Titanic than actually preventing a catastrophe. The split may very well eat up a bunch of resources with no real improvements.

Boulder would love to sever its ties to schools in the east county and Broomfield. These areas have a majority of the children and those numbers likely will increase. Boulder and the mountain towns’ numbers likely will either decrease or remain about the same. The more conservative areas to the east may very well wish to be disconnected from liberal Boulder.

The contention has gone on for years.

Unless I am otherwise persuaded to join in the call for the BVSD split, I would rather see a change in how school board members are elected. We should keep individual districts where board members must reside but change who votes for individual district representatives to exclude all except those who live within that district.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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