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Basalt High School student group asks Re-1 board for more vocational training

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Basalt High School students made a pitch for more vocational training in high schools to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board Wednesday.The seven BHS students’ presentation, titled School Reform for the Future, was the final activity after about 10 weeks of studying policy issues for Ben Bohmfalk’s Fundamentals of American Democracy class.”Twenty years from now I think these guys are going to remember this moment where they stood in front of you,” Bohmfalk said. The purpose is for the students to learn how to effectively participate in our democracy, he added.The real test will be if any are interested enough to accept Superintendent Judy Haptonstall’s invitation to attend an upcoming planning session. One student, Zack Dix, said he would attend the meeting scheduled April 21 to discuss the district’s five-year accountability plan.The students said dropout rates at three district high schools – 26 percent at Glenwood Springs High School, 27 percent at Roaring Fork High School and 25 percent for Basalt High School – are better than the state average but could be improved.The students said the rates are this high partly because students are not interested in existing classes, which vocational classes would help. Graduation requirements are too aligned with college acceptance instead of real-world training, they added.Students presented possibilities for funding and locating vocational classes they had researched. One student said metalworking or auto mechanics classes could be held in the career center building into the space vacated by Bridges High School moving to Carbondale Middle School.”We knew (funding) was going to be a big hurdle in anything to do with education,” Zack Dix said, explaining how they met with knowledgeable sources to learn about grants such as the Carl Perkins Fund. Another option mentioned was raising funds through other “self-sustaining” methods such as selling metal sculptures.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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