Guest editorial: Student supports moving PCCAPS to high school media center
May 19, 2015
There have been students at both Treasure Mountain Junior High and the Park City High School that stand opposed to the planned renovation of the high school’s media center, but likewise, there are students who support it. I am one of the latter. I believe that there is nothing wrong with the planned changes, and those harms being presented by some of my classmates are not a good reason to change the plans made by the Board of Education.
PCCAPS is an extremely valuable program, and it is justifiable to replace the school’s library so as to provide a place for students of this program to work. CAPS gives juniors and seniors real-world experience, something the current media center can’t do. Additionally, there are other libraries in Park City, other places students can borrow books, but there is no other CAPS program in town. If PCCAPS is not placed in the media center, there is no other place in town for a CAPS student to go to get the same experience.
If a student finds it important to do something that only a library will allow for, they can simply take a trip to a different library. As for the concerns that some of my fellow students voiced in an article Wednesday, there are other places, including the new media center, in which they can gather and socialize. Maggie Haynes and Abigail Burfitt both brought up concerns that if they lose their library, they’ll be losing a place for studying, socializing, and, as Haynes put it, to "de-stress". However, there is no reason to be worried about such a thing. The remodeled media center will be open to non-CAPS throughout the majority of the school day (six out of eight of the school’s periods). Just because PCCAPS students are using the room at a different time doesn’t change the value of the media center for interacting with other students and studying.
The article, titled "Students Voice Concerns About Loss of Library," also says that " it’s unfair to take away the library and give it to the PCCAPS program." I disagree with this statement as well, because it’s not unfair to further students’ education at the cost of the library. The statement that it is unfair is saying more or less this: it is unfair that both current and future PCCAPS will have a quiet, professional place to work. I, a freshman attending Treasure Mountain and a student who is looking forward to being able to participate in the CAPS program further in my high school career, would love to have the same opportunities as current students of the program. I want to be able to get real experience through school, and I want to be prepared for the workplace when I graduate. As much as I value the library, it won’t help me to accomplish these things.
I respect the concerns of my fellow students, but I think the renovation of the media center at PCHS is a good decision. The Board of Education is working to ensure that students who use the library will still be provided physical books, and any other things that students use the library for will be accommodated by the new media center. If concerned students want to a place to gather and study, then they have nothing to worry about. The new media center will disappoint them no more than the old one.