ArchiveOctober 2016

Lack of privacy is a huge concern with Park City student drug testing

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During this week’s Park City School Board meeting, a draft policy of the district’s proposed drug policy was presented. While drug testing for Park City students has not been approved, now is the time to provide any objections. One of our major concerns is student privacy. The district policy describes who will have the results of the drug testing. It says: Information regarding the...

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends AGAINST drug testing in schools

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As the Park City School District moves closer to drug testing our students, there’s one group adamantly opposed to the idea. It turns out that the American Academy of Pediatrics “opposes in school drug testing due to lack of evidence.” In fact they created a policy paper and technical report on it. Their main concerns? Limited evidence of efficacy Decreased participation in...

New 5th/6th and 7th/8th schools are a done deal in Park City?

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This morning on KPCW, Park City School Board member Julie Eihausen made a comment about new 5/6 and 7/8 grade schools. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher asked Ms. Eihausen whether we were still going forward with those new schools, especially in light of some potential new board members stating a preference for K-6 schools. Ms Eihausen commented that the board had voted for the new schools last year...

A reminder that we still have to be vigilant with Vail and the Park City name

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KPCW is reporting that Vail is changing some signs in town to use the name “Park City Mountain Resort” instead of Park City. That’s kind of them, I we suppose. However, today we received a random catalog in the mail from a company called uncommongoods. On page 33, we noticed a nice poster for PARK CITY. It provides a brief history of the town, some info about geography, a...

Are Park City Schools Actively Suppressing Discussion on the Presidential Election?

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Over a week ago, we heard from a Park City teacher that teachers were directed not to discuss the Presidential election with students. According to the teacher, they were told not to talk about it because it was too controversial of a topic. Instead, if they wanted to talk about elections, the administration allegedly told them they were instructed to talk about state and local elections...

What do you say when questioned about Park City?

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So, you are in an airport in St Louis and someone asks you whether they should visit Park City, what do you say? A) Yes, it’s a great place to visit, with nice people, great skiing, and is even better in the summer. B) No, uhhh… you wouldn’t like it. There are few evergreens like you might get in Colorado. The liquor laws make it really confusing (and people will make fun of...

Questions and answers about the proposed sales tax increase to fund transportation

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Yesterday we asked readers if they had questions they wanted asked about the proposed sales tax increase that will be on this November’s ballot. Transportation managers from both the city (Alfred Knotts) and the county (Caroline Ferris) were happy to answer questions on camera. Here are the questions and answers: It sounds like the main improvement to buses would be shorter wait times. Have...

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