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The proposed build out of the SB700 would have been over 30 years. Plenty of time to assess and plan for growth. At this point everyone keeps pushing projected growth but it won't happen unless we address affordable housing. And what happened to the new police station?
Thanks...... Was just curious. I moved here from Wyoming when my kids were 1, 2, and 3. They attended Discovery Learning Center, Soda Creek, the middle school, Lowell Whiteman Primary(Emerald Mountain School) and now the high school. They weren't born here but are being raised here.
On the births reported in Routt County......You do see people from Baggs, Craig, Hayden, Oak Creek listed in the birth announcements. Are these "Routt County Births" being counted as part of their numbers since they were born in Routt County?
Agreed! Right idea, wrong direction.
Instead of revamping the existing school structures to meet the community needs, lets just abandon them all and build bigger and better facilities out of town. How many people have seen what has happened to city center's over the years? Moving schools out and creating suburbs is the basis of urban sprawl. In recent years there have been revivals of many city centers to draw people back in. It draws the attention back to the community and its importance. This bond has TOO many aspects that cloud the true needs of this community. Again, we sought outside input on the Soda Creek Elementary re-build and our needs were not truly met. The school out-grew its space within the first few months. The teachers lounge became an art classroom, the art room became a regular classroom, now the 5th grade is in modular buildings behind the school. In reality, there should be a two story addition built when they now sit. The gym/stage/cafeteria area was designed by someone who is accustomed to community centers and additional district structures since larger communities have nice alternative indoor facilities to rely on. It's an OK space, but could be better. The school board has poo-poo'd on smaller yet very needed improvements over the years so what makes some of you think this is going to be the catch all to end all. This is Steamboat, I don't want to be like Aspen or Vail with their shiny new schools and centers. Keep this town connected and grounded.
I agree with Kevin. Meetings, what meetings? There has been a murmur of plans but I haven't seen much publicized about the "meetings". Especially seeking community input.
The mulling of plans to revamp the schools and possible new ones. Now it seems set and the community majority has been blindsided. Building a new high school will not alleviate the pressure the elementary schools feeling full now. We need to address the individual issues with each school. ONE bond isn't the way to fix various issues.
Just for the record, my kids were born in Wyoming and I moved here with them after I divorced. They were 1, 2 and 3 when we moved here in 2002. So I always see to many variables to truly predict future enrollment. With a shortage of rentals and rising home prices there might be a slow-down in our school enrollment numbers.
I still think the schools need to stay put and re-direct the money towards additions and remodels as needed.
There was a new elementary proposed with the Steamboat 700 along with needed west end amenities. I think we have dropped the ball more than once in Routt County so we need to cool our heels and think long and hard about our schools.
I live up the street from Soda Creek Elementary and my kids were students there before, during and after the re-build and as much as it was needed the final results were not as expected. Because of the sour taste left from that miscalculation I have no desire to move forward with a new high school. Soda Creek was up for a vote and it passed. It has nothing to do with entitlement. And other "Affluent" area's were not in the district therefore weren't eligible to vote on it. And since when did old town become affluent. Last I checked there were a bunch of grounded working families who have been there for a bit. You seem to be confusing old town with Dakota Ridge, Emerald Estates, Catamount. etc.
Soda Creek could add on where the modular classrooms are located. The high school could expand once the needs are addressed. There is room and the cost would be far less than the proposed new school.
The price of having a community centered school is priceless.
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