Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 day, 20 hours ago on Could Steamboat Today offices become City Hall? City leaders take a tour with real estate agent

"when city officials say they are running out of space to put employees in the current City Hall building downtown on 10th Street."

Typical government, keep hiring people until the money runs out. If there were productivity improvements typical of private industry then staff should be remaining same size or removing an employee or two.

An indication of longstanding incompetence if today is when records are being digitized so that they don't need as room consumed by file cabinets.

Also, for the cost of the building then it also becomes cheaper to outsource functions. I'd outsource building plan reviews as then we don't nearly always have wrong staffing levels depending upon whether local construction activity is up or down. And can probably find people with expertise in various Midwest cities that are not experiencing growth.

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Scott Wedel 1 day, 20 hours ago on Timetable for Steamboat schools bond issue already tight

“The board is more united on this than anything else,” Dover said.

Well if board is united on her desire for Overlook then bond issue is DOA.

If Dover or anyone else on BoE is worried about time left then they should sooner rather than later respond to my analysis that district has been lying to the public about school capacity since at least Dec 2014.

That SCE has 25, not 23, classrooms. That SSMS has about 30, not 22, classrooms.

The 4/17 BoE meeting also revealed that district lacks money to achieve elementary school target of 20 students per classroom and instead has accepted apparently 22 for Fall 2017. Thus, SCE capacity is about 550, SPE 528 and SSMS at least 650.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 2 hours ago on One of the options being considered by CC4E involves modifying the traditional K-5 elementary model in order to extend the lifetimes of existing elementary and middle schools. Do you support this option?

Russell,

The better plan included using Heritage Christian School. Montessori Charter used it first and next Fall will apparently have 197 students there.

In truth, the problem is largely currently fixed. District is not planning on having classes in the modular classrooms at SCE next Fall. Between Montessori and 2012-2014 local collapse in birth rate means that elementary is solved until 5 years after local births return to peak 2007-2009 levels.

Middle schools is also solved because it is simply a lie that it has 550 capacity. That capacity calculation ignores classrooms that are being used to currently handle 632 students. Middle school won't have a capacity issue until at least 11 years after local births return to peak 2007-2009 levels.

Yeah, it would be bold to build classrooms that won't be used for years.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 5 hours ago on Julie Hagenbuch: Improve, rather than undermine, ACA

ACA health insurance could have limitations such as limited ability to sue for malpractice or having to go to certain hospitals in cities instead of offering local care. In essence, ACA insurance could be more like VA medical care which government has run at lower costs. Not that government should run ACA insurance, but, for example, Kaiser Permanente is generally 10-15% less, but is only allowed to sell health insurance in certain parts of Colorado. If Kaiser was allowed to sell to rural areas where they don't have a local presence, just as VA works, then rural areas could get best costs available in cities.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 15 hours ago on Tigers eye track's final stretch

Should have also been stated that the Dakota Ridge meet was a major meet with 32 schools including large Denver area schools.

Thus, Maggie Congdon's win in the 1,600 was very impressive. Colorado Milesplit has that as 18th fastest in all of Colorado for HS girls this year. She won a close race against top competition. Winter Boese won her heat, but it was a slower heat so she finished "only" 7th.

Ben Kelley posted an impressive time in his win that he won by a large margin. His time is ranked 8th fastest in Colorado HS boys. Would have been something if he had been at Dakota Ridge because there is where 2 of the times faster than his were recorded.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 18 hours ago on Kevin Sankey steps down from role in Steamboat's future schools committee

What seems to be the most highly kept secret in this district is what is the actual class size of average numbers of students in a classroom. Even the Educational Fund Board which has given millions to the district for smaller class sizes has ZERO information on what is current class size and what it would be without their funding.

District frequently uses the ratio of having 17 students per teachers, or a lower number of education professionals to students, but I have been unable to find a single reference to number of students in a classroom per teacher. The difference is that not every teacher or education professional teaches every period of every day. That teachers typically get a prep period and so on.

I note that SCE is planning not to use modular classrooms for classes and so is choosing to have an average class size of 22 next Fall. Apparently, that is as low as SSSD can afford to go for elementary schools. So then with 24 classrooms, SPE's capacity with best that district can do, 22 students per classroom, then SPE's capacity is 528.

Meanwhile, looking at a floor diagram of SSMS also reveals that it is a blatant lie to say it's capacity is 550. The claimed count of 22 classrooms (of target 25 class size) only counts the rooms dedicated in a wing to a particular grade. it ignores the art, shop, language and music classrooms. Considering that SSMS students take 2 of those classes a day then those classrooms certainly count. So there are 26 or so classrooms at SSMS and capacity is thus about 650.

At this point, I don't care what CC4E recommends, it is based upon lies from the district. District doesn't have enough money to achieve class size targets regardless of classroom availability. District has lied for years on what is SSMS capacity.

And district lies explain their OOD policy of admitting students into schools that they claim are overcrowded because the schools are not overcrowded. The claimed capacity of SCE 460, SPE 480 and SSMS 550 comes from the 2014 Western Demographics report which was a crude attempt to sell the public on the need for Overlook. Looking at district enrollment policies before and after that lays bare those claimed capacities are lies to convince the public that there is an overcrowding crisis. While all this time district's internal numbers have much higher capacities and so they are willing to accept OOD students up to the point of risking reaching enrollment numbers that would cause problems.

I note that CC4E has gotten to this point of presentations without having penetrated the district's lies on capacity. Adjust the presentation for the district's lies and there is no capacity issue for years. All that remains is a documented lack of HS science classrooms and SPE's gym that can't be used half the day because it is also the cafeteria.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 21 hours ago on One of the options being considered by CC4E involves modifying the traditional K-5 elementary model in order to extend the lifetimes of existing elementary and middle schools. Do you support this option?

I note that with what was presented in school board meeting that all of CC4E current pathways become questionable. That Montessori is doing better than expected. And that district doesn't have financial resources to reduce class size to target even as they project available Fall 2017 elementary school classroom space.

I think only part of what had been presented that wasn't just completely undermined by admin and school board is add a pod of HS science classrooms and changing SPE so that gym isn't also cafeteria.

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Scott Wedel 2 days, 23 hours ago on Kevin Sankey steps down from role in Steamboat's future schools committee

Oh, I just figured out one way that this school admin has messed up CC4E and the public.

School capacity is calculated by multiplying number of classrooms by desired class size. Thus, it has been possible for SSSD to operate schools above capacity by increasing the average class size above target. So the story the district has been telling the public and CC4E is that class size is higher than target because of a lack of classrooms and the schools are overcrowded.

And yet, as elementary school enrollment drops then they planning on reducing teaching staff and keeping about the same student teacher ratio. Thus, class size being over target is revealed as being district's financial plan, not the result of a lack of classrooms.

So here we are at this late date learning that district has, in practice, a larger class size target than previously claimed. And thus the capacity of schools are much closer to current enrollment that previously claimed lower capacity.

That also explains the district's Out of District enrollment policy because, in reality according to district's finances, the schools are not overcrowded That the district is already running a deficit at current class sizes and thus needs more students to increase the class size to help balance their budget.

The above reasoning could be viewed as speculation as long as the "overcrowded" schools had a lack of classrooms. Now with elementary enrollment decreasing, this could allow district to reduce class size. Instead, they are planning to stop using the modular classrooms at SCE and keep class size about the same.

This is apparently also the background behind the Educational Fund Board going to last week's BoE meeting to talk about class size. That SCE is moving 5th from modular classrooms to classes inside the building and is planning on having 4 classes of 26 or 27 students. Not 5 classes of 21 or 22 students using a modular classroom.

That SCE has a capacity of 460 is also not true according to what the district stated in the Monday meeting as they say SCE has 25 teaching rooms and 460 number is based upon having 23 teaching rooms. Even with a target class size of 20 then SCE has a capacity of 500.

So we have reached this late point in the process for determining facility needs only to determine that district has been lying the whole time about school size capacity. That district financially cannot decrease class size to the target and doesn't need extra elementary school classrooms. That capacity of SCE is not 460 as claimed, but due to financial limitations of district is closer to 560 because financially possible elementary school class size is closer to 23 than 20.

It is just crazy that we are this deep into the process and now district is revealed as lying about school capacity and demonstrating financial inability to use available classrooms to reduce class size closer to target.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 15 hours ago on Our view: Exploring collaborative solutions

I suppose Whistler parcel could be made into a mobile home park so that it could be used for housing until the parcel is needed for housing. Though, I have doubts that the neighborhood would accept that.

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Scott Wedel 3 days, 15 hours ago on Our view: Exploring collaborative solutions

Wow, my comment on this was deleted. I guess not allowed to wonder if editorial was written under the influence of 4/20 drugs.

Anyway, a truly daft editorial.

A school district dealing with a lack of a classroom space does not need to be converting viable school sites into housing. Presenting ideas on how district parcels could be used for housing just makes issues of lack of classroom space worse and harder to solve.

Whistler is a viable site for a neighborhood elementary school. Maybe not right now with the 2012-2014 drop in births and Montessori opening, but definitely in the future. Also, resort area may see a trend of full time residents moving in and some complexes having fewer vacation rentals with how housing prices are increasing faster than rental pricing. So school district is well served having a parcel that is viable for a mountain area school.

SB II parcel has same issues as all other west side development proposals, but worse as WSSAP states that future development is to occur via annexed city limits and then moving west.

Ironically, the one parcel not mentioned is the one not usable as a school, the 7th St parcel with the large lawn. But then that is viewed as if a public park.

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