By: Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver
(Castle Rock, CO) Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon said he ardently supports the MLO and bond campaign on the November ballot in a letter to the DougCo board of education directors and superintendent Erin Kane.
“As a commissioner, taxpayer, and father of school-age children, I recognize education is an essential component of our community which requires building, maintaining, and operating schools, just like libraries, parks, and other public facilities and services which are integral to the success of our county,” he wrote.
Laydon said he applauds the directors’ forward thinking to ensure the district’s ability to meet its financial challenges and that he supports saving taxpayers money by keeping good teachers.
On Tuesday, the county commissioners declined to support a request from the Douglas County School District to support the Nov. 8 ballot issues.
Laydon’s letter shows his personal support
The school district is the county’s largest employer, and Laydon mentions that most teachers and staff also live there. “Keeping district staff in Douglas County saves taxpayers the cost of training new employees and retains the skills and experience that cannot be replicated by hiring new staff, especially in light of the nationwide teacher shortage.”
Laydon is the chair of the board of county commissioners and is up for re-election this year. He is running as a Republican.