Dear Editor:

Immediately after the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District election of May 2010, a volunteer citizen advisory group was formed to help the new board decide whether the $350 million plus Dry Gulch Reservoir was in fact a needed and viable capital project to continue pursuing. Bruce Dryburgh chaired that working group, and, with his leadership, the committee of concerned citizens produced numerous reports and projections which persuaded the board to abandon incurring any further expenses on that project.

I know that Bruce will bring that kind of due diligence and dedication to public interest to bear on matters involving student education and school financing. Additionally, I know that Bruce fully appreciates that the quality of education is not solely a dollars driven outcome. Simply throwing dollars at the problem of educational underachievement is a failed policy. Bruce states “We have to educate kids, and we have to do it with the dollars we have.” He understands that educational outcome is first and foremost driven by the quality and dedication of classroom teachers, and not by budget size and administrative overhead. I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy for the Archuleta County School Board and urge the citizens of the school district to vote for him.

Roy D. Vega

This story was posted on October 24, 2013.