Chloe Flam: Vote yes on 3A, 3B

Chloe Flam: Vote yes on 3A, 3B

I have lived and worked in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years and have two kids at Strawberry Park Elementary. This community is fortunate to have a school district that is consistently accredited with distinction by the Colorado Department of Education. I attribute this success to a strong leadership team at the school district promoting the culture of excellence central to the district’s mission.

The school district administration team, school staff and most notably, the school board invested a lot of …

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Marcia Cobb: Experiences needed

Marcia Cobb: Experiences needed

Kids need to experience the real world. This isn’t just a statement, it’s a fact backed by more than 50 years of research on the importance of child development and multi-sensory interaction with the real world. Real-life experiences were integral to my educational success, and the importance of this type of learning is something I observe each day as I watch my son Nicholas grow.

Nicholas, who is now in third grade, is an engineer. He loves building things — figuring out by …

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Sherri Sweers: Embrace change

Sherri Sweers: Embrace change

As a school board member, I thought it important we conduct thorough research and explore every option in addressing the issues of needed school repairs and overcrowding.

After conducting research, educators and experts concluded Steamboat schools need repairs and renovations and a long-term plan to address capacity demands. In reality, we needed an elementary school five years ago. Now, we need a new elementary school and a new and/or larger middle school.

I was surprised to learn that a demographic study …

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Gillian Morris: Invest in future

Gillian Morris: Invest in future

Ninety-two million dollars is a scary number when you hear “Your taxes will go up between 39% and 46%.”

As a residential and commercial property owner, I felt I needed to understand the tax implications when I received an unsigned, two-page letter from the opposition using political scare tactics about the tax burdens on commercial property owners.

As a residential owner, my school property tax is roughly 0.139 percent, and if 3A and 3B pass, it will be .196 percent. As …

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Ray Martinez: Positive change OK

Ray Martinez: Positive change OK

How many times recently have you thought, “Gee, I sure wish I could go to the old hospital to have my medical procedure with their outdated equipment. At least it’s downtown?’”

We haven’t heard anybody say, “I really hate this library. It’s just too beautiful.” How about, “I’d never drive a mile or two to the Community Center. It’s west of town?’”

The downtown courthouse was moved west of town when it was outgrown and outdated. Can you imagine a student …

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Marty Lamansky: the time is now

Marty Lamansky: the time is now

It is heartbreaking to watch the division that is growing in Steamboat over the bond election.  One of the beauties of our community is that people on both sides of the issue care about children, education and our community.

The great thing about the two campaigns is that both agree on the need for change.  However, there seems to be a lack of understanding regarding the nature of school bonds and where we are in that process.

On August 24, the school board determined the parameters of …

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Long Time Residents: Vote Yes

Long Time Residents: Vote Yes

Our RE-2 school district encompasses over 2,500 students and more than 11,000 registered voters across not just the city of Steamboat Springs, but nearly halfway to Oak Creek and Hayden and into North Routt past Clark.  About 10-15% of students and taxpayers live within a walkable distance to the current high school – a personal convenience that has been well recognized in the school bond debate. But what about the rest of our district?

Beyond a school’s physical location, what factors are important in providing a …

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Connor Glynn: Elicit students’ opinions

Connor Glynn: Elicit students’ opinions

An interesting phenomenon has arisen. Neither side of the argument to either build a new high school or to make due with the status quo have seemingly elicited the opinions of current or recent graduates from Steamboat Springs high school.

As a 2014 graduate and a 13-year student of the Steamboat School District, I have been inside these halls, and I feel I have a fairly good perspective of this issue.

One argument against building the high school is the fact some people think we need a …

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Emily Barnhart: eyes on every student

Emily Barnhart: eyes on every student

It is the parents, teachers, coaches, advocates, and countless others who each contribute to creating and encouraging the growth of students within our community.  However, often, IT IS within the walls of schools that much of this growth takes place.  For as long as I can remember this community has been relentless about the quality of education it’s children receive.  It is in large part, what led my family and countless others to return to the valley to raise our own children.  Having grown up …

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Principals unanimously endorse 3A & 3B

Principals unanimously endorse 3A & 3B

The tools of the teaching profession are constantly changing, but the outcome remains constant – helping all children achieve their individual potentials. Our success is measured one precious child at a time. This achievement has to be individualized, continuous and steady without gaps or wasted years. If there is a crowded elementary school with inadequate learning opportunities, there will be problems in middle school. Short change the middle schoolers and high school will be that much harder. High school is our last chance to prepare …

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