Eagle County schools replace foreign language teachers with software

By Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily

In the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week, the school board Wednesday upheld a decision to lay off Nancy Bujnowski. The foreign-language teacher has spent her entire 21-year career at Eagle Valley High School. She’s four years from retirement. She and the district’s other two foreign-language teachers are all being replaced by a computer program, Aventa, for which students must pay at least $150 per semester, the district said. The board’s unanimous vote followed almost two dozen people — students and adults, alike — asking the school board to save Bujnowski and the other foreign language teachers, citing the importance of foreign language learning in an increasingly global economy. They pointed out that foreign-language classes are where students learn English-language grammar and syntax.


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