Beth Wilhelm

Beth Wilhelm 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Our view: School board is listening

Regarding pre school with an elementary school....should a public school be paying for this? Does every child that will attend the public school have access to this pre school? Who is paying for it? It seems to be very similar situation to the field house and Scott, your comments on the field house were "I don't believe the school district is tasked with making a profit on athletic fields or providing facilities to the community as a whole". Doesn't a pre-school fall into that same scenario as providing facilities to the community? The government requires us to provide education to kids from kindergarten through twelth grade. Let's just stick with that and not get into providing day care.

As far as the transition for kids let's stop looking at data and just use some common sense....3 year olds with eleven year olds, drop off, pick up, separate play grounds? Separate lunch areas? More space needed, more teachers, more benefits provided to those teachers.....yikes!

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Beth Wilhelm 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Our view: School board is listening

We all know that the elementary schools are overcrowded....we have a good beginning for discussion on how to solve this problem but trying to pass a bond issue this fall is just too quick after building Soda Creek. There were many community members that tried to tell the school board that Soda Creek was too small for future needs but they continued to ignore the community and built a school that is already too small. Let's not make the same mistake again.

How about building an elementary school on the land the school already owns up in Whistler area. Yes a bridge over Walton Creek will be expensive but not more expensive than purchasing 70 acres!

Why has no one mentioned NOT having a pre-school in an elementary school? Excessive expense and having three year olds with eleven year olds? Let's just focus on an elementary school! If we added a large enough elementary school we redistribute kids and could potentially move the sixth graders back into the elementary school. The middle school would then have plenty of room for seventh and eighth grade. As far as he high school goes if you need more classrooms build a three story building on the grass area right out front....add a heated walk way to main building. If field space is the problem use the land that is west of town that the school already owns and build some beautiful fields. So much land not being utilized!

No one has mentioned the expense of supporting an entire new administative staff, more busses, electricity, computers, maintenenance, etc. If the school board didn't want to ok a field house that was completely paid for because of maintenance expenses an entirely new school needs to have budget numbers scrutinized thoroughly before a bond issue can be passed by the voters.

One last thought...As far as a school west of town has anyone experienced the traffic on Highway 40 at Elk River Road? No one has mentioned that HUGE problem!

These discussions are a great starting point. We need people with innovative ideas to help the entire community come up with a solution that will work.

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Beth Wilhelm 2 years, 4 months ago on Our View: Time for honest class size discussion in Steamboat school district

When the half cent sales tax was passed the pros and cons on the ballot were small class room sizes and increased technology. That is what was voted on. We have exceptional teachers already. Our school board does not hire the cheapest teachers or teachers right out if college. They hire the best teachers out there. If one teacher is taken away from the fourth grade class at Strawberry Park Elementary school the class sizes would be 31 kids per class! Is that ok for parents? Some of the classrooms can barely accommodate 24 kids let alone 31.

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