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South Routt School Board to consider statement on medical marijuana

Officials to meet Thursday night but could delay action

Jack Weinstein

— The South Routt School Board is scheduled to discuss Thursday night whether it wants to make a formal statement or consider a resolution to oppose medical marijuana operations in Oak Creek.

The possibility of considering a resolution was mentioned at the past meeting April 21, when School Board members were given a letter addressed to the Oak Creek Town Board and signed by Secondary Principal Dennis Alt and Superintendent Scott Mader.

The Town Board was meeting the same night as the School Board for a work session to discuss concerns about medical marijuana being grown in residential areas. The letter expressed the district's concern about medical marijuana.

"I would expect that the Town Board would pay attention to our principal and superintendent sending this type of letter to them," School Board President Tim Corrigan said then. "I would think that would carry some weight."

The letter stated, in part: "We believe that the pressure and stress that medical marijuana places on the school is not worth the revenue it provides to the town or the convenience that it provides the adults who need this service."

During the School Board's discussion last month, Corrigan said he thought maybe it was time for board members to weigh in on the debate.

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Mader said Wednesday that the School Board would merely discuss whether to make a statement or take action, but he doubted either would take place Thursday night.

The Town Board this month unanimously supported an election to allow voters to decide whether they wanted medical marijuana operations in Oak Creek. However, it was not determined when that election could take place. It could be in November or in April 2012.

"They have plenty of time to make a statement or pass a resolution if that's what they decide to do," Mader said about the School Board.

School Board members also will recognize the achievement of South Routt Elementary School third-graders and Soroco High School students at the beginning of the 7 p.m. meeting at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek.

The third-graders showed dramatic improvement on the Colorado State Assessment Program reading test since last year, increasing to 83 percent scoring proficient or advanced. That's up from 53 percent scoring at the same level last year.

Soroco High School was given a Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award for the 2009-10 school year. The award recognizes schools with the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, year-to-year progress, on CSAP tests.

A work session is scheduled for 5 p.m. to review polices, followed by an executive session to discuss personnel at 6:30 p.m.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email

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