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Eagle County students get their say

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” Eagle County high school students told the school board what they thought is and isn’t working in locals schools Wednesday in the first-ever meeting of its kind.

About 15 students from Battle Mountain High School, Red Canyon High School, Eagle Valley High School and the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy sat in front of the school board with both positive and negative feedback.

Board members didn’t mind when the meeting ran longer than scheduled ” the members were mesmerized by what the students had to say.

What stood out were comments about the underserved populations in the schools, which students say include Hispanic students and students who do not plan on attending college.

The students, mostly juniors and seniors, said high school in Eagle County is so “college bound,” that students who either can’t or don’t want to go to college are left out.

One Battle Mountain student said the schools need to send out a more general achievement message to reach those students.

Also underserved are the Hispanic students, the students said, citing examples of Hispanic student not having the same opportunities to get into upper-level courses as white students.

Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for Eagle County Schools, said the board members planned to talk about when they would hold another meeting with students, and they would look into any of the negative feedback they heard at the meeting.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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