Connor Glynn: Elicit students’ opinions
Elicit students’ opinions
An interesting phenomenon has arisen. Neither side of the argument to either build a new high school or to make due with the status quo have seemingly elicited the opinions of current or recent graduates from Steamboat Springs high school.
As a 2014 graduate and a 13-year student of the Steamboat School District, I have been inside these halls, and I feel I have a fairly good perspective of this issue.
One argument against building the high school is the fact some people think we need a “community” high school. As a student, I can tell you with authority, you could put the high school in Phippsburg, and you will have as many kids walking or riding their bikes. We want to drive our cars to school.
And if we are not fortunate enough to have a vehicle, we will get rides from friends, even if we live three blocks from school. And if this is your argument, then wouldn’t placing the school that much closer to neighborhoods typically considered more “blue collar” be more appropriate?
Let’s face facts — the real estate values of Old Town are significantly higher than that of West End, West Acres, Riverside, Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur. Simple socioeconomics would dictate these neighborhoods would benefit more from having a closer high school that could be biked to.
Many people feel there is sufficient capacity in the high school. When you look at the raw numbers, it certainly seems to be the case. Further scrutiny will reveal the extra capacity typically falls in elective classes.
The core classes we are all required to take are maxed out. There is room in some of the art, engineering tech, band rooms, as well as many of the advanced academic classes such as AP chemistry, but to put two more students into a freshman English classroom would be difficult.
The after-school activity enhancement will be a great boon to the student athlete. As an athlete, often times my teammates and I would be practicing until 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. — not exactly ideal for a high school student. By having sufficient practice space, we would then be able to have practices finished at a regular hour that doesn’t include being home after 10 p.m.
I am excited about the chance to voice my opinion in an election for the first time. I am also excited about the possibilities future students in Steamboat Springs can have when residents vote to pass 3A and 3B as I will.
SSHS Class of 2014
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Sherry Burlingame never imagined herself as a chief of police.