John Weibel

John Weibel 18 hours, 2 minutes ago on Doug Tumminello: Support lent to 3A/3B

Scott B,

So you have a charter school supposedly starting up next year, is that going to have an impact on enrollment? My guess is probably. Does the district have the opinion that when the district builds more classrooms then that fart in the windstorm will move on? Given the animosity towards the SP Montessori program, many district employees would prefer it to fail. However, Compass Montessori in Golden is a good example of how it can work well. It also might facilitate some kids who do not do well in traditional settings to thrive.

The maker spaces I learned about, at last Tuesday's rotary meeting, gave me the opinion that the maker spaces facilitate, the experience that a Montessori program is based upon, starting at the youngest levels. Oh well, too bad that that segment of the community was not really listened to and went all the way to the state to obtain a charter.

I was going to try and find out what the hoped for enrollment is next year, in addition to what the actual number for those who have turned in enrollment forms.

That type of learning environment, probably would work better for those with Autism, thought of that, as a board member of the Yes campaign is/was part of the Yampa Valley Autism group.

It seems to me that the quickest way to reduce overcrowding is to work with the charter group, or the other districts to try and encourage more kids to stay in their own district. However, as the letter clearly points out, the Steamboat School district does not wish to lose the revenue stream that the out of district kids provide for this district to the detriment of other neighboring districts.

Really that is sad, that the district is thriving at the expense of Hayden and Soroco.


John Weibel 1 week ago on Steamboat enrollment as projected, despite small kindergarten class

The kindergarden decline probably is more statistically relevant when considering expanding capacity.

It has been pointed out that a reason to build are the historically low interest rates. The problem with those low rates is that when rates increase in the future, then housing prices will at best stagnate for a while (maybe decades) or collapse as happened here recently. Simply because the carrying cost has gone way up. Toss in the fact that when rates do go up, the federal government will be forced to pay more simply to service the debt, which should lead to reductions in other aspects of the federal budget.

All in All, given the slowing birth rates, I think that the prudent course of action is to look at ways to increase capacity at the elementary and middle school levels and fix the buildings the district owns or sell them and any parcels of land that the district does not believe they will use in the future.


John Weibel 1 week ago on Robin Schepper and Eric Washburn: School needs help

Scott B.

I believe the type of collaborative process discussed, was one that looked to what facilities the village of SS has, what it needs in the future to maintain the quality of life and how to leverage all sources of capital to try and meet all needs of the community. Not simply, what the school district sees as a need that it should provide for.

Looking at how to leverage space at say the Chief, CMC or Strings music pavilion, for theatre programs might be one example.

Looking to the group that offered an indoor field house for the district to help with sports programs... it would have saved taxpayers money, I am guessing, but not something that the district had complete control over. So it probably not really viewed as a good option.

Then looking at the bike trail system and a way to get kids under over Lincoln and Amythest to provide more safety.

There are quite a few kids that leave school on foot to walk to the Steamboat Springs bus stops, town or wherever. Shoot in my home town the schools worked with the local bus system to design a bus route to my middle school as it was two miles from my home without school buses providing that transportation.

I think that is the type of collaboration that was sought, not what happened.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 3 days ago on Kevin Sankey: Before vote, know facts

A woman's, I met at a Montessori school outside of Boulder, brother was contracted by China to go over there and set up Montessori schools as they found that many of there engineers were fantastic at replicating what they had seen done before, but were less accomplished at creatively coming up with solutions.

I am not just making crap up, read the referenced article and think open your mind to allow some divergent thoughts to enter into them. We are conditioned to take everything at face value and the world is not black or white.

The school bond issue is a good example. Putting the alternative high school kids in the middle school at the old high school is a bad idea. If the school board was worried about maintaining a field house that price people would fund then what about the fields that will need to be maintained when this project is complete.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Kevin Sankey: Before vote, know facts

Do we really know what the 21st century skills are going to be? Will classrooms that teach people how to think really provide that. In China they have realized that while fantastic test takers, the engineers they produce have little creativity.

We export the most intellectual property in the world, because of curious people. From the linked article " divergent thinking skills are thought to be at the heart of creativity" and yet we seem to squash that today.

Anyway I find it funny that the district fails to consider what the charter Montessori will do for enrollment and most likely that, that form of education process will fail and the parents are simply seeking out ways to get their students out of overcrowded schools and will return when there is adequate space.

By the way Steph's comment about the continuity of kids not moving from teacher is at the heart of Montessori with three year stints in one classroom. This allows all of the kids to be looked up to and be the leaders as they should be asked to show the younger students how to do the work they were taught when they entered the classroom. It also has been shown that when you stop segregating by age other ways kids segregate themselves tend to vanish.


John Weibel 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Ken Collins: GOP puzzles resident

Mark, that is probably how anyone justifies defending what they believe. The truth is generally a shade of grey. Unfortunately as Mark Twain stated it is harder to convince one of being fooled than being fooled in the first place.

Not commenting on the topic in any way as it goes for the left, right, center, inside or outside. People hold dear what they believe in. In most cases, coming to grips with something that goes against what one believes that some humans are capable of doing for whatever reason they have, just will not be allowed.

Just as the right wing nuts will jigger the facts to represent what they desire, so will the left or whatever else you want to call the party defending their position. It is hard to stand up and state that maybe you made a mistake. I do on a daily basis, but telling another that you were wrong is hard to do. Did so in a debate about american beef used in Micky D's burgers in the 90s to a co-worker as a late night discussion on their "American" beef had to be from the good ole USofA and after pondering it, I said he was right and Brazil was American, just South and he stated that he was impressed I would concede and apologize, leaving a big impact and something I try and do, when I realize I am at fault.


John Weibel 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Letter to the editor: Writer wants opinions

Really all that is needed are actual rules with teeth to stop people from treading on others. Fines for noise x decibels between x and y and less at times b to c. Make the fines on the property owner and short term renter. Develop a form that all landlords have for anyone to sign to acknowledge that both will be fined if they break rules parking, trash, etc..

By the way a hog feedlot is an ag operation and protected by state right to farm laws. Not that I want one near me but living in a rural setting brings with it the possibility of one. In one western slope community the new purchasers of homes must sign a form acknowledging that they are moving into an ag setting and that the corn may block their view as one person sued over in that county. Also other ag practices that one may not desire


John Weibel 1 month ago on Letter to the Editor: Response to Monger

Guess that those locals wondring why sometimes 129 is not plowed more than once some days are a nuisance also. Once that major artery was down to one lane because of drifting snow, at about 3pm one weekend afternoon.

Sometimes we wonder why the plow crews on days with no snow don't wait to plow it until later in the day when the warmth has melted it a bit, also must be clowns for questioning the "professionals".


John Weibel 1 month ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

It is also hard to move on as some things I may have built differently, in my new structure to make cheese if given the opportunity to temporarily operate out of the immaculate 300 square feet as opposed to a 20 box truck last summer. Though it did allow for many functional process' to be laid out mentally in my head before construction. However, it did not allow for making the soft chess I had made in my home because of sanitation fears that were not an issue in 300 quarto feet, that bessy may have ignited while kicking over a lantern in the ag section of what would be termed ag in every other code than maybe the building departments!


John Weibel 1 month ago on Arrest made in Emerald Mountain trailhead vandalism case

Unfortunately, it is hard to move on when the only explanation that one can get for the treatment of the government is that it is political and one simply must follow any and all rules, without question - even with supporting documentation from those who train building inspectors (as another was forced to put in a $50,000 sprinkler system - which was in essence taking that money out to the parking lot and burning it - though the building department, profited from the extra expense - that nasty word, yet even non-profits must have some form of profit to pay salaries, utilities, etc.).

Oh well and yet the story of Robin Hood robing from the rich to give to the poor is so mis-interpreted as he stole from a corrupt government and gave it back to the taxpayers.

Though in this case, the individual should be sent to a rock quarry to pay his debt to society.