Student survey gets a spin |

Student survey gets a spin

Someone spun an architecture firm’s attempt to survey students and teachers about a new Glenwood Springs High School into a political tool.An e-mail circulated Tuesday with a link to a GSHS survey on the Web site for RTA Architecture, the firm hired to design the new GSHS. The text accompanying the link said: “Number 10 on the survey (in particular) is an opportunity for you to specify that you object to the taking of private property, including Glenwood True Value, to build the new high school (if that is your opinion).”Thousands of responses are necessary to potentially have an effect. Please respond and tell your friends.”But input on the Roaring Fork School District’s planned land acquisition was not the point of the survey at all, said RTA’s Pat Ziuchkovski. The survey link was a way for GSHS students and teachers to have input into the design of their new school, he said. Items on the survey ranged from “List the most positive characteristics of Glenwood Springs High School,” to “What could be done to increase student/community pride in Glenwood Springs High School?” The survey is a way for RTA to gather information on what is important to students and teachers before they begin to design the new school, Ziuchkovski said. One example: the frequently painted boulder in GSHS’s parking lot, he said. Ziuchkovski didn’t say that public input wasn’t welcome, just that the survey was for students and staff. Though the survey was available online around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Web site went from a survey to a screen that read “The survey has been deactivated.”RTA officials couldn’t be reached after hours for comment on the change.

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