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Really incredible support from lots of local businesses for the upcoming auction.
And thank you to the many volunteers (including my wife) spending countless hours working to raise money for the Challenge Fund that supports all kinds of great programs at the two elementary schools. Impressive.
Tickets for the dinner/auction this Saturday are still available on the Challenge Fund website.
3 positive influenza A's at Steamboat Medical this A.M. and another I didn't test that was probably flu.
My understanding is that the 10 dollars is expected to be paid by everyone even though there are no button police. I don't think you were getting scammed. There was a volunteer doing what he was told- 10 bucks a head.
Could you sneak in without paying? Absolutely.
The fireworks show alone is a steal for $10.
Great show. Thanks to all involved putting it together.
Understood that this is an article about SSWC. However, Sunny's success and work in our community as a dentist, small business owner and employer have and will continue to have far greater impact than what can be accomplished ski racing.
Greatly appreciate the way she is able to skillfully work on our son, somehow giving injections and pulling teeth while keeping him calm and comfortable.
This article is somewhat misleading. The school district has been saving and will hopefully continue to save a substantial amount of money by having gone to a mainly self-insured model. The district now has a much less expensive policy than in the past and then pays up to a $75,000 deductible before insurance covers further expenses. This is a similar model to what YVMC has and potential savings are enormous.
It is that self-insured model that has curbed the cost of its health care. The clinic has little if anything to do with that. The clinic saw just under 1000 visits for $248,000 last year. (And that 1000 may be somewhat inflated as some of those visits were apparently encouraged by “ipad giveaways.”) They said they saw about 14 patients per month with high risk problems such as diabetes, hypertension or depression. To me it seems that the clinic disrupts the continuity of care that my primary care colleagues and I consider important and at an optimistic $248 per visit it's not much of a bargain. Moreover, much of that $248,000 leaves the valley to pay the company staffing the clinic.
Basically, it seems odd that the clinic is earning credit for the health care savings when in fact the majority of the savings has come from a very logical wholesale change in the approach to buying health insurance and going self-insured.
Huge thanks to Amy and all of those parents working so hard to support the schools through events like this and the Challenge Fund. Keep it up.
And thanks to all of those in our community who don't have kids in the schools but appreciate the value of a great education and have been generously writting the checks to back up the talk.
Totally agree that quality of teachers is the most important issue and should not be sacrificed for smaller classes. Test scores however, whether more or less important than class size, are harder to meaningfully compare from school to school because the student populations are so variable.
My main point is that in addition to these decisions directly affecting the education of students is that they have implications for creating a desirable and successful community. That is a difficult metric get a grasp on but I think in speaking with parents ( N's of 1-not good science) you easily see that class size is an important factor not only for quality of education but for "desirability" of a community.
Whether real or perceived, the benefits of smaller class sizes in public schools are a significant factor for families who value education to seek out Steamboat as a place to raise their children. Number of students per class is a simple statistic to compare across school systems and is probably the first and easiest surrogate marker used to gauge quality of education and a comminty's commitment to education. These are often going to be families involved in volunteering in the schools and themselves contributing to the quality of education. These are also young professionals who buy houses, start or run business, pay employees and greatly contribute to our community as a whole, not just the school system.
Congratulations to Lauryn.
Admirable academics while continuing an impressive wrestling career.
Love seeing news on local kids crushing it in the classroom and not just in sports.
Great to see articles about local kids doing incredible things that aren't all sports related.
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