Vail Daily letter: Don’t worry, Stone Creek here to stay |

Vail Daily letter: Don’t worry, Stone Creek here to stay

Mike Gibbs
Vail, CO, Colorado

I’m writing as a very satisfied and passionate Stone Creek parent with regards to the article on Dec. 13.

Ms. Smyser states the district can’t plan effectively to absorb our students when there is no information. I’m here to tell her that come Jan. 2, my daughter, along with all of her fellow students, will be in their classrooms at Stone Creek Charter School getting an excellent education.

I appreciate her concern, and now she doesn’t have to spend any more time worrying about us. Regretfully school funding nationwide has decreased and paying for everything our children deserve in their education will always be a battle. Even though we live in a wonderful community, our schools are struggling financially and face tough choices daily. Stone Creek is not immune to this reality, and neither is our school district. Stone Creek’s financial problems stem from a drop in enrollment due to a change to a temporary location. Not knowing the future of the school caused numerous families to seek out seemingly more permanent educational alternatives for their children. My wife and I went back and forth with these thoughts, as well. Every parent I know in this valley and probably the world really only wants what’s best for their children.

Stone Creek is what’s best for my child! She is challenged at her own pace in all of her subjects. Where she excels she is pushed ahead and where there are deficiencies, they are addressed with the same concern and support. The “Core Knowledge” curriculum is innovative and structured but has enough latitude to allow the excellent teachers to take some educational liberty and really challenge each student.

“It takes a village to raise a child” has never rung more true than what I’m witnessing at Stone Creek this year. As a school community, we have come together to support each other and each others children. Many parents are getting involved and many involved parents are participating at unheard of levels. This passion, commitment and responsibility for our children’s education will only make our school that much stronger as we rebuild our enrollment.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The stability of the location of our campus is the biggest concern for incoming families. Our school board has been working diligently to secure our current location at the Gracious Savior campus for years to come. We are all hoping for great news on this front in the next two weeks.

In the meantime, the school is ramping up our enrollment efforts for next year. I can assure you the 14 students in my daughter’s third-grade class are receiving a very personalized, excellent public education. I’m sure the third grade and every grade at Stone Creek could make room for a few more lucky students. Call 970-569-3066.

Andrew Carnegie said, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” Stone Creek Charter School is definitely worth having!

Mike Gibbs


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