South Routt School Board to consider statement on medical marijuana

Officials to meet Thursday night but could delay action


Past Event

South Routt School Board meeting

  • Thursday, May 19, 2011, 7 p.m.
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  • All ages / Free


— 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.

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


mmjPatient22 6 years ago

A statement....Good Lord, not a statement.

How about an Amendment? What does that do for someone?


rhys jones 6 years ago

I took media courses in college, majored in Communications, Mass Media emphasis -- in fact, was a TV news photographer and editor for several years after, ultimately leading me to this town, where I was the media videographer for Ski Corp my first winter here ('85-'86) -- and there is a lot to be said for the "agenda-setting" function of the media. By paying so much attention to the issue in the press, the Pilot draws everybody's attention to it. Whether in an attempt to boost readership, and thus circulation, or a genuine concern to the issue, remains highly debatable. Maybe it wouldn't be such a problem, if the newspaper didn't tell us it is.


Scott Wedel 6 years ago

The school board would be well advised to avoid making a statement on this controversial issue.

First off, it does not appear that any students are legally getting mmj. So if they want to make a statement about substance abuse then they should also reference local pharmacies and liquor stores.

Second, the school district generally receives overall support from the community so why does it want to create divisions between itself and many Oak Creek residents? Unless the school district is willing to claim that their students are getting mj from OC mmj businesses and OC police is unable or unwilling to investigate those charges, then the school district has nothing new to add to the debate. But a statement of opposition is likely to antagonize residents with opposing opinions. If OC voters were to keep mmj then it would become undeniable that the school board does not speak for the people of Oak Creek.


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