Budget Cuts, a reality check that will inform people of exactly what AHS will be losing next year
Budget Cuts are hurting students but where and when exactly is this happening? We all hear about the financial problems of the country, Colorado as a state, our parents and our schools. We hear the word budget cuts all the time but nobody has been really telling us what and when these things will affect us. Educating our generation is the only way we are going to be able to improve in the future. With taking away money from our education, how will this generation turn out? We keep losing resource after resource and all these tools and people that make it possible to understand and apply our curriculum. “When a school loses money, resources are lost, too. Money for field trips, textbooks, lab equipment, etc. is not there and either students/parents have to pay out of their own pocket, or we just do without,” said Science Department Chair Leslie Durant.
One cut that most people know and hear about is the loss of Jessica Johnson, an English teacher at AHS. Due to the recent budget cuts she will no longer be teaching here. She will be going to Bear Creek High School. This is great news that she has a job but she will be missed here at AHS. Also she was the Imporv Coach for AHS. Who will take over and if nobody does could we possibly lose such an expressive and fun extracurricular? “Improv needs a sponsor and Ms. Johnson won’t be here next year,” said Choir Director John Miller.
We’re trying to push through these hard financial times and it’s not getting all that easier. “The cost of education is going up and funding is going down. We are having to do more with less,” said Band Director Crissy Duran.
Some people may see electives and extracurricular activities as unneeded but for some students that is where they find what they want to do or what brings them to school and some may be cut. “Other non-classroom cuts in custodial staff, busing, and extra-curricular activities will result in higher fees and a less than optimal learning environment for students,” said Social Studies Teacher Kay Evans.
Things in core classes aren’t going to stay untouched either. Class sizes are going up and when there are more students and only one teacher, students lose the opportunity for one on one time with their teacher when they can’t grasp a concept or need a little extra support. “Almost all classes will be bigger, which is unfortunate. Research shows lower teacher/student ratios are better for students because they receive more individualized instruction,” said Evans.
Electives are what make school enjoyable for a lot of students. It may be an art class, theatre, computer classes, gym orchestra, band, newspaper and all the other electives that let us, as students, have fun and learn things other than what we can put on a test. “There are fewer electives for students to choose from. I know many students who requested certain classes may end up not getting them because the sections will be filled. They may be placed in classes where there is room, even if it isn’t their first choice,” said Evans.
Almost every single person will be affected, the students, teachers, custodial staff and instructional coaches. Teachers need to learn new and more effective ways to teach lessons and if they don’t then the students are the ones that will suffer. “All departments have seen cuts in their budgets over the past few years. This means less money to purchase textbooks, technology, and supplies that aid teachers in their lesson planning and students in their learning.” said Evans