Westside schools:
CHS hosts forum, starts parade-saving effort

       A forum for the District 11 Board of Education election candidates will be Monday, Oct. 19 at the Coronado High Auditorium, 1590 W. Filllmore St.
       Sponsored by the Westside PTAs, the forum will be from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., with Eric Singer of KRDO-TV as the moderator.
       “Come and listen to their positions on important issues affecting our schools, followed by an open question and answer period,” urged Nora Brown, president of the Coronado PTA.
       There are five candidates for three D-11 board seats. They are Chyrese Exline, Sandra Mann, Al Loma, LuAnn Long and Delia Armstrong-Busby. Only Mann is an incumbent. Two other incumbents, Tami Hasling and John Gudvangen, have chosen not to run again. All D-11 board positions are at-large.
       The election, which is by mail, allows until Nov. 3 for people to cast their ballots.
       For more information, call 528-6217.
       The effort has begun to save the annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade through Old Colorado City. On the cover of the October/November Coronado Cougars staff newsletter (which is mailed to parents), Principal Susan Humphrey sums up the issues behind the steeply increased costs for next year's parade and lists phone numbers people can call to offer donations.
       “Every fall the most anticipated week of the first quarter is Homecoming week,” she writes, asserting that Coronado's Home-coming “is like no other. Our spirit days, pep assembly, powder puff football, Homecoming parade, tailgate picnic, football game, and dance all show an enthusiasm and level of participation by students, staff and parents that most schools can't match. We are all exhausted but happy that Homecoming Week was a success.
       “One of the most treasured traditions of Homecoming is our annual Homecoming Parade down Colorado Avenue ending with a pep rally in Bancroft Park. The annual parade is one of the state's largest and includes all of our feeder schools. This was our 39th annual parade. It is a wonderful school/community event that has been made possible by the contribution of many community members, most notably Rick Johnson of Johnson Plumbing and Heating and Steve Thune from Midwest Barricade who have provided barricades and labor at no cost for the last 25 years. However, the city has new requirements from a city ordinance passed last year, and the regulations around the number of barricades needed and certified people to place them will require the school to cover those expenses which are predicted to be approximately $5,000. We don't want to see this tradition die and cannot expect our student council to fund-raise that much money each year in addition to all the planning they must do for all the Homecoming activities. We therefore are asking for help from our parents, alumni, PTA and community to keep this tradition alive.”
       Contacts are as follows: Dan Hoff, teacher and alumni president, 328-3650; Nora Brown, PTA president, 528-6217; Dave Howard, business manager, 328-3641.

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