November 24, 2001
GYMNASTICS SUPPORTTo the attention of the city of Steamboat and the school board:
We are writing to address the recent articles in the paper regarding the conflict between the city and the Steamboat Gymnastics Center.
How could an issue with such an obvious solution become so complicated?
We are in support of Dan and Rose Atkins and the Steamboat Gymnastics Center program.
We represent almost every facet of the community including business owners, physicians, Realtors, Ski Corp. employees, property owners, ranchers and parents.
We feel that Dan and Rose provide an enormous service to the community in numerous ways.
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First of all, our children are getting a basic physical education. Second, Dan encourages and promotes positive self-esteem and teaches the virtues of self-discipline and respect for others. Third, he provides a place for families to come together and socialize.
The issue at hand is that Dan is getting asked to leave the gym on Eighth Street for three months to be replaced by a basketball league.
While we are certain that the basketball league is also of value, it is extremely time consuming and stressful to have to move the gymnastics program during that time period.
There are 380 children enrolled in the gymnastics program and 60 children in the basketball program. Dan pays $30,000 a year to the school district.
We feel that he is being treated unfairly, which in turn negatively impacts our community.
The school board has agreed to look into the matter and we strongly encourage them to come up with a fair solution.
In our opinion, some viable options would be for the basketball league to go to Christian Heritage School or change the time of the year the program is run.
In conclusion, we as parents feel that Dan goes above and beyond his duties of a coach and has such a positive impact on our children.
He not only loves his job, he loves our children. If you have any doubts, please spend five minutes in one of his classes.
It would be a shame if politics got in the way of good judgment.
We hope this situation will be resolved in an amicable manner.
Meg and Steve Firestone, Christian and Heather Sabia, Janna and Mark Steur, Kathy and Bill Cox, Jay and Tarin Petersen, Deana and Rick Voeltzel, Tom and Debbie Wilson and Jonathan Adler
VOTERS APPRECIATEDThe Steamboat Springs Education Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters in our community for their generous support in the passage of Amendment 3A.
We are presently exploring pay structures from many school districts throughout the United States.
This information will guide us in making future financial decisions.
We appreciate all of you who contributed time, effort and financial assistance.
Thank you for validating our community’s children and their education