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The Village of Westcliffe Public Schools Evolve

 

Friends:

We are moving into the cooler, quieter weather of Autumn when the Aspen trees turn the Mountains of the Sangre de Cristo range into streams of golden beauty...... Life is Good for us and we hope for you also!

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate all who are championing the evolution of the public school facilities in the Village of Westcliffe! Well Done! The first step toward Enlightenment is of course Knowledge....

From a recent meeting I attended it appears we have most of our Community supporting a 6.9 million dollar upgrade to the public school facilities. I wanted to take a moment to Communicate some thoughts on the "Next Steps" we could take to make this project as successful as possible.

If we use local General Contractors and Craftsmen and pull materials from our local Ace Hardware building supply center in the Village of Westcliffe we could see 50% or more of the 6.9 million dollars remain in the local economy. This would mean about 3.45 million dollars or more in the pockets of some members of our Community.

Once the bond issue is passed, everyone in Custer County will help fund the 6.9 million dollar upgrade to the school through increased taxation. Why not work toward having as much of this money stay in the local economy as possible.

Perhaps we should set a Goal for ourselves based on the Rademacher 80/20 rule from the Community of Computer Scientists...... The Goal would be for 80% of the 6.9 million dollars to stay within the Westcliffe Community..... For 80% of the 6.9 million dollars to stay in the pockets of the people who help make the project successful.... For 80% of the 6.9 million dollars to stay in the pockets of the people who are part of the Westcliffe Team.....

Having the members of our Community help on the project will also have a Team building effect..... There is nothing like having everyone work shoulder to shoulder on a project like this to strengthen interpersonal relationships and our sense of Community..... Many Hearts beating as one....

In my opinion as a professional Engineer, we have the resources right in the Westcliffe Community to do this project. We have many talented people right here that have the education, skills and experience to do this project "in-house". Of course we may have to temporarily shift some of these resources from other aspects of the economy. Perhaps residential construction could slow down for a year..... Perhaps some members of our Community could Learn some new skills that would allow them to participate in this project.....

I would also like to remind the members of our Community that Learning environments are more than the physical facilities...... talented and caring Teachers along with Students who have a strong desire to Learn are important facets to success.

We also need to strive for Balance in the curriculum..... Intellectual pursuits must be equally Balanced with Physical and Spiritual growth...... Our best Minds will be in strong and healthy physical bodies that have been exposed to the wealth of Knowledge generated from the Spiritual disciplines...... Intellectual prowess must be combined with Kindness and Compassion....

Perhaps we could also have a Goal of making the Learning environment that we create comfortable enough for the Students and Teachers currently in privately funded Learning environments such as the Sangre de Cristo Christian Academy.

For me, the project to improve the public school environment is part of watching our Community blossom like a beautiful Rose whose petals are starting to open..... I Pray that these thoughts generate another wave of thinking within our Community..... A parallel processing effort where many Minds work together on a Challenge important to all of us..... Many Hearts beating as one.....

Thanks for Listening......

 

Arthur Vyn Boennighausen @ http://sangre-de-cristo.com