DEAR EDITOR:

We wanted to thank everyone who participated in and attended the Telluride School District (TSD) Board Candidate Forum Monday. 

TSD was excited to co-host this event, along with the Telluride Education Foundation (TEF) and provide an opportunity for the community to become informed about the candidates running for Telluride School Board.

A huge thank you to our event moderators Banks Brown and Robin Watkinson for caring about education. TEF for their continued support both educationally and financially. The Professional Women’s Caucus for their sage advice. Bright Futures for sponsoring babysitting by Telluride Sitters, the Telluride Association of Realtors for helping with advertising. The complementary pizzas from Brown Dog, High Pie and Rustico. Ursula Cristol for being available for Spanish translation. Students from the high school government class for their all-around help with timing, submitting and fielding questions, and work at the forum, as well as Telluride Education Association and Parent Accountability Groups for additional questions.  Finally, to TIS tech coach Christopher Earthtree for video help and linking at youtu.be/U4KQg6ntrqM for those unable to attend.

And finally, to the board candidates — Len Metheny, Jenni Ward, Adam S. Chambers, Cheryl Carstens Miller and Dylan Brooks — for volunteering their time not only the night of the forum, but for their willingness to run for the board and work tirelessly for the best of our children.

The evening reminded us of how lucky we are to be a part of the Telluride community with volunteers and candidates who are committed to education and our children's futures.

Stephanie Hatcher, Jill O’Dell and Kim Spaulding

Telluride School District