Vote responsibility, science for 9-R

One of the critical challenges in beginning this school year was the vital importance of getting our students back into the classroom safely amid a pandemic. With the delta variant surging, the Durango School District 9-R Board of Education made the unanimous decision to follow the science and CDC guidance by requiring masks in our schools to keep our students, teachers and staff safe so in-person learning could occur.

We have all read how difficult it was for students to make progress remotely and how critical it is for our children to return to the classroom. Two of the board members who made this responsible decision, Andrea Parmenter and Erika Brown, are running for reelection and I hope you will join me in supporting them. Both are well-qualified in terms of background, experience and education, and both have children in our Durango schools.

Andrea has a degree in geology with minors in chemistry, environmental science and spanish, plus a Master’s in earth science. She has an extensive background in research and program management. Erika has a degree in biology and a graduate degree focusing on environmental policy and communication. She has worked as a communications manager and environmental advocate. Both have the knowledge and experience to make our schools even better. I am also supporting Rick Petersen, a Scout leader and strong advocate for community youth. I hope you will vote for these outstanding candidates.

– Karen Pontius, Durango