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  D 49 name change

   I voted on the current survey, along with many other community members against changing the name of (Falcon) D 49. I also tried to vote under the "stars" tab; I clearly clicked on the 1 star to show my dissatisfaction, and to my surprise it showed I clicked on 3 stars. I tried again and again, and it clicked on the 3 stars. Now, I'm not a lame duck, and since I'm so against this change I would NEVER have voted for a 3 star rating! This seems extremely dishonest and shady. I know a few others who said the same thing. This shows a serious lack of transparency on the topic. There is also a comments section on this (under the stars) where you can’t leave comments.
   
   If this was an error in your system, I ask that you please check into that. If this is accurate, I hope you all rethink how this is being presented to the D 49 community/voters/stakeholders. Frankly, our district as a whole, along with board members and administrators, have been working hard at gaining the trust back from the community/voters/taxpayers. I can’t for the life of me understand why we are now taking a step backward to lose that trust again. 
   
   As for changing the name of our district, I don't believe it won’t cost money. There are decals, buses, filings, signage, etc. that will cost money. It's interesting that once 3B passed, our district wants to "rebrand" ourselves — just when people started to think we were moving forward from mismanagement and chaos, here we go again. Do you think "rebranding" or "renaming" Falcon D 49 will make us a different district? It won’t in all honesty. Interestingly enough, if Falcon D 49 is the district of choice in the Pikes Peak region, why would we want to take that wonderful and amazing identity away? This really doesn't make any sense. Falcon D 49, along with its stakeholders, should be proud of all the opportunities offered to our students — being a top district for choice sets us aside, and leading the way for our future with top technology is what makes Falcon D 49 the best place.
   
   I'm asking that you reconsider this resolution. There doesn't seem to be a need for it, and it seems you are again not considering voter/community input.
   
   - Corey Ohlrich 
   Falcon D 49 graduate, D 49 parent, PTA member, advocate for previous bonds, BRES planning committee
  
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  Park Forest Water District

   This dry, La Nina year, with fire season already here, why even consider draining 20 acre feet of water from ponds that proved useful during the 2013 Black Forest Fire? Helicopters that dipped water from these ponds successfully protected Park Forest Water District homes at the south tree border of the Black Forest. If drained, this valuable fire fighting resource would not be available to fight the next forest fire. After planned draft structures are constructed, these ponds also can improve Black Forest Fire Department ISO scoring and lower homeowner insurance rates in the proximate vicinity.
   
   Ask the PFWD Board of Directors. Ask Paul Anderson, the District’s attorney. Ask Pam Sekac why she goes well beyond her duties as Board President to damage the Black Forest Community and the owners of the pond property. Ask why the PFWD Board chooses to ignore their responsibilities to maximize water resources to fight fires, to not comply with the 2016 Black Forest Community Wildfire Prevention Plan and to not cooperate with other Black Forest volunteer organizations such as Black Forest Together and Friends of the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   
   Answers will reveal District violation of laws, including breach of contract, false reporting, refusal to provide service, poor water quality, shyster lawyering and hiding behind “Governmental Immunity,” which reads like George Orwell or Franz Kafka literature. After years of poor financial management, water rates in the Park Forest Water District are expensive — to this add costs of litigation for a recipe for special assessments, new District debt and diminished property values. A majority of the Board of Directors, including President Pam Sekac, are up for election May 8. Replace them with new volunteer Board members who have executive business experience and common sense. Nominations are due by March 5.
   
   For more information: see the official PFWD website: www.colorado.gov/pacific/pfwd and the unofficial website: www.pfwd.co.
   
   -Steve Jacobs
  
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