Letters to the Editor, February 28-March 3, 2014
Kudos to those involved in Mountain Accord process
I attended the Mountain Accord event in Park City on Tuesday night. I can say that I was pleasantly surprised to see it as a solution to numerous problems of air quality, congestion, and other factors. Unlike other proposals (One Wasatch, etc) it appears to be attempting to preserve recreation and outdoors activity in Utah, preserve crucial watershed especially in light of both climate change and increases populations on both sides of the Wasatch, and to act as a general grand bargain solution for preserving why we all live here while still meeting economic interests of our community.
Contrary to popular belief, because as of now there is a track etched out for a transportation system to the Cottonwoods from Park City, many think this is about development and economic interest first and foremost. Some of the reps on the executive committee (and seemingly supporters) are Andy Beerman , Peter Metcalf of Black Diamond and the OIA, and Chris Robinson on county council. All three of whom I consider to be environment-oriented yet pragmatic solution-finders rather than zealots or ideologues (I had to look that up). They are each encouraged by the process.
This is planning unlike anything I’ve seen and the type of planning I wish we could see more of when government is working at its best.
Lots of people will have opinions (including attempting to shoot it down before even looking at it because they think this is about development). Please look at this process open minded and consider that it may reduce and solve problems rather than increase them.
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Epic Promise: affordable, quality preschool for all
In 2011, the Park City School District embarked on a ground-breaking initiative to provide high quality, affordable preschool at each of Park City’s four public elementary schools. Today, 200 students are enrolled in the program.
Preschool, a program that returns $13 for every $1 dollar that is invested, has received wide-spread support from the Park City Education Foundation. PCEF has not only invested in the District’s preschool program but has recruited financial sponsors.
For two years, Vail’s Epic Promise has provided significant cash assistance to ensure that the cost of preschool remains low and affordable for all students and their families. In fact, the District’s preschool program is one of the most affordable in Park City and its impact on students is remarkable. Just this year, Park City School District had to re-write the kindergarten curriculum to match the increased academic skills of incoming students. The program has been so successful, the District expects to pilot a full-day preschool program this fall at McPolin Elementary.
The long-term effects of early childhood education are also beneficial. Not only is the achievement gap minimized for children entering kindergarten, but high school graduation rates, years of education completed and earned income are positively affected too. Vail’s Epic Promise is to ensure that all families have access to this amazing and high quality preschool program. Their support is an investment in Park City’s youth and our community’s future.
Thank you to Vail Resorts and Epic Promise for believing in the power of education!
Abby McNulty, Executive Director
Park City Education Foundation