October 9, 2015
As a parent of two students at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, one of which would be in the very first fifth grade class at Ecker Hill Middle School, I’m very much in favor of the proposed $56 million bond as a path to a better way for our Park City children and young adults.
As I’ve inquired with more tenured Park City residents than I in recent times about the logic which drove the existing structure of grade segmentation, I’ve come to understand that the system is in its current form due to constraints that came about over time as a result of a rapidly growing community in the last two decades. (PCSD enrollment increased over 9 percent in the last three years.)
I thought it odd that a community that had dedicated so many resources to developing itself as a world-class, four-season resort destination would continue to run behind the curve in setting up a more rational system for developing the world-class human capital which is sure to drive the future of this community and this nation.
This bond proposal is simply a step in Park City’s growing up — allowing its educational infrastructure to catch up with its growth in both size and scope, and bringing it in line with what these kids need and deserve. It replaces some embarrassingly dilapidated and dated facilities with safer, higher quality classrooms and sports facilities, as well as relieving some of the problems encountered due to overcrowding.
On the cost front, many may be aware that school-related taxes are 10 percent lower in absolute dollars, for the median home value, than they were 10 years ago. (Actually, adjusting for inflation, the total tax, including this bond, is 26 percent lower than it was a decade ago.) The "financial burden" argument holds little water when held up to this light, and I’m happy to put the additional $10-plus per month on the table to bring about the needed change.
Whether you wish to keep your 10 bucks per month to buy an extra Starbucks coffee or two, or support this bond, I hope you’ll come out and cast your vote on Nov. 3. The consequences of its outcome will have far-reaching effects as our community evolves in the coming decades.
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