Donna Stich: Shame on district


I have to say that I am absolutely appalled at the actions of the Steamboat Springs School District denying children hot lunches. Punishing and publicly humiliating children because of the actions of adults is inexcusable. Why don't you just march them down main street with a scarlet letter around their neck for every one to see?

Surely our educational leaders can come up with a better solution than this. I am happy that I don't have children in this school district if this is any example of the district's deportment. Shame on you, Steamboat schools.

Donna Stich

Oak Creek


aichempty 8 years, 3 months ago

I think that if the city of Steamboat Springs is forcing developers to pay fees for "affordable housing" and contributing money to the YVHA (have they actually provided even a single "affordable" unit to ANYBODY yet?), having some petty cash set aside to assist kids whose parents either can't, or won't, pay for lunches is a much more appropriate use of public funds.

Would the salaries paid to YVHA staffers cover the school lunch deficit? That might be a good place to start looking for the money.


Scott Wedel 8 years, 3 months ago

This was just one day for the kids and it happened to enough and was so arbitrary that I don't think there is any stigma or humiliation associated to the kids that were denied a lunch.

Nor is the issue about money and being able to afford lunches. The total amount repaid shows most could pay.

The issue is about changing a policy that had previously allowed negative balances at least as much as $57 to now not allowing a balance more than $6 and introducing it by denying kids lunch and at the elementary school, it was a complete surprise to the kids.

And now that outrage is magnified by the food services and the superintendent saying that it was a success instead of recognizing their mistakes.


arnonep 8 years, 3 months ago

Do you really think any of these kids's health or welfare was endangered?


Scott Wedel 8 years, 3 months ago

The kids' health was not endangered.

Why is it so hard to admit that it was wrong that elementary school kids went to lunch expecting to get lunch and instead got sunflower seeds?

And instead of admitting that was a mistake, they are now claiming it was a "success"?

It is important that this mistake be admitted because if this is seen as a success then it means that they think that was acceptable and thus something that should be done whenever they think it would be useful.


Gaylan Hellyer 8 years, 3 months ago

It's a done deal. The school sent out 2 notices that I know of. One at teacher conferences and the other before the christmas break. It wasn't a secret. Given they could have posted something in the paper expressing the importance of paying delinquent accounts. The school offers free and discounted lunches for those who need assistance. And the school district put in the new computerized lunch system last year which allows parents to pay online and track purchases. You can pay with a credit card or checking account online. I know in the elementary school the kids can only charge one lunch a day. The new system keeps track. Either apply for help or sign up online.


aichempty 8 years, 3 months ago


Take two.

What kind of adult takes a draconian measure like this against a child? Would it have bankrupted the school district to let the elementary kids have one more meal, and send notes home, or make another phone call, saying, "Today was the last one."

Things like this can be humiliating for a kid.

School systems do things like this, and then don't understand why the "forgotten" kids come back with a gun one day and open fire.


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