Letter: No need for Steamboat over-capacity schools
Steamboat Springs School District recently held community forums to discuss expansion options for Steamboat Springs schools. The South Routt school board, administration and students invite Steamboat families to consider another option. Just 20 minutes away is a school district with plenty of capacity and many other advantages:
• Comparable academic achievement. In 2017-18 South Routt School District was accredited with distinction. It was the No. 10 ranked school district in the state and No. 1 ranked high school and middle school in Northwest Colorado — Steamboat Springs high school and middle school were ranked No. 2 in Northwest Colorado
• Class sizes as low as 10 students per teacher in elementary school and five students per teacher in some high school classes.
• A four-day week, allowing for Friday ski days, extended family weekends, doctor’s appointments and school sports to occur without missing valuable school time
• Optional free Friday STEM program
• After-school program available
• Successful sports teams where everyone makes the team, and teams consistently produce state championship contenders
• Daily music classes in elementary school and an award-winning middle and high school program — highest possible rating at Colorado High School Activities Association large group festival with many students chosen for honor band and select choir
• Teachers and staff know every student by name, not just the students in their class
• A family-oriented culture — families and the community look out for our kids
• Individualized post-high school preparation — our career counselor knows every senior and ensures they take advantage of the best opportunities
• High scholarship rates — 25 students in 2018 graduating class earned $401,900 averaging $16,000 per graduating senior
• Lowest rates of student vaping in the county
• Multiple years earning Healthy School District Awards — top five in the state for 2018
• Free school breakfast for all students
• Top-ranked agriculture program in the state
• Opportunity to earn concurrent college credits in high school. In Fall 2018, 42 high school students have taken concurrent college classes saving $49,284
• Bus service from Steamboat district boundary to South Routt schools
We welcome any interested parents or students to come out for a visit. Please call Superintendent Rim Watson at 970-870-3799 to make an appointment.
Jules Palyo, Brett Mason, Jami Hoff, Jane Colby, Bob Logan, Kristi Shalnus and Lance Miles
South Routt school board members
Rim Watson, superintendent
George Purnell, middle school/high school principal
Bethany Massey, elementary principal
South Routt administrators
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