Commentary: I love Skyline Excessive, so let's tear it down – Salt Lake Tribune

I love Skyline Excessive College. I cherish the training, relationships and life classes from Skyline that also enrich me on daily basis.

Just like the lesson from Ken Schmidt one afternoon when I lay sprawled on the apply area.

“Howell,” the coach stated, “you’re going to get hit once more. So that you higher study to rise up!”

I realized sufficient to earn a soccer scholarship. Extra vital, I realized resilience.

Contained in the classroom, Madge Sylvester stood up for the deserves of Skyline debate.

“Younger man,” she stated, “sometime this class will imply extra to you than soccer or all of your sports activities.”

She ignited in me a ardour for public coverage.

On one other day at Skyline, historical past trainer Ted Wilson recruited a younger candidate to clarify to our class how anyone runs for Congress. Wilson piqued our curiosity by saying that if this man Wayne Owens had been elected, he might determine whether or not America went to struggle.

So, I credit score Skyline for nudging me towards politics in addition to for imprinting the music in my coronary heart:

“Cheer and sing collectively we’re from Skyline,

Shout her praises loudly to the sky!”

Sure, we’ll reward Skyline for generations. However now, let’s tear the previous constructing down!

Voters’ determination final week to approve a $238 million bond heralds a vivid future for the complete Granite College District, with an extended-vary plan to rebuild 17 colleges and renovate a dozen extra.

The welcome promise of a model new Skyline will get a tepid reception from sure boosters who really feel the rebuild shall be a lack of heritage. However not one of the heritage we alumni carry is embedded in previous mortar or bricks. Our heritage gained’t be diminished by a contemporary constructing.

Skyline’s leaky roof has bedeviled restore for greater than 50 years because of structure not designed for snow. Structural heritage has its limitations.

Skyline was constructed when the most recent studying expertise consisted of slide guidelines, blackboards and chalk.

Even after a long time of incremental upgrades, Skyline will not be designed for studying within the digital age, or for contemporary requirements of seismic security, or for the world of worldwide competitors.

A clear-sheet rebuild of Skyline can provide monumental benefits to college students and the group. It may be a middle of studying primarily based on fashions of collaboration and invention that drive the Googles and the Apples of the world — the world through which right now’s college students compete.

The brand new infrastructure of Skyline can absolutely help the parts of a 21st Century STEAM [science, technology, engineering, arts and math] schooling.

I look ahead to a campus designed from the underside up for instructing the pondering expertise and handbook expertise that match the work of the long run. Future work contains robotics and synthetic intelligence. The long run will not be an previous constructing.

A part of the long run lies in fashionable services that help seamless transitions to rewarding jobs within the trades.

A part of the long run lies within the instruments of expertise that maintain scientific and tutorial analysis.

And sure, so a lot of the long run lies within the type of devoted Skyline lecturers who made such a distinction in my life.

There are much more potentialities: A ahead-pondering partnership with the town of Millcreek might let new Skyline services double as a group middle for the performing arts.

So, be part of me in welcoming the brilliant way forward for the brand new Skyline that can maintain its previous music alive.

We're proud to say that we’re from Skyline,

As our voices all of us elevate in a single.

We'll cheer and sing collectively,

Make the rafters ring as by no means,

Blue and gold of Skyline within the solar.

Scott N. Howell, Salt Lake Metropolis, is a former Utah State Senate minority chief and Skyline Eagle.

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