The Herald has stepped up its journalistic investigation in reporting the progress of Animas High School, as evidenced in the June 7 article by conveying more accurate figures.
However, the claim that the school "stands to cost Durango School District more than $400,000 in its first year as Animas High School drains critical student enrollment and state funding" is not entirely accurate.
To "financially drain" an organization, the "drainee" already would need to have said dollars.
DHS never had any of the almost $7,000 per student reported.
Each incoming freshman takes his state allowance, surveys the high school options and brings those funds where the student and his parents determine serves him best.
The Herald publishes information from the Insight School of Colorado, COVA and Connections Academy.
Why haven't we seen an article about how these local high school alternatives "drain funding, students from DHS"? On July 1, the Herald published an informative editorial titled "School finance."
This was a thoughtful piece with accurate data.
"Because state funding is allocated on a per-pupil basis, each student effectively comes with a check" is an accurate depiction of state funding.
However, the remainder of this paragraph is misleading: "If that student goes elsewhere, so does the check."
Again, funds belong to a student, not a school: not to DHS or AHS.
If a student begins at AHS but determines the curricular model doesn't fit her needs, and transfers to DHS, will we see an article that reads, "DHS drains funds from AHS"? Hopefully not, because it would be inaccurate.
I know several families that intend to send one child to DHS and another to AHS; it's great to have choice.
My hope is that all local high school options can collaboratively communicate their academic and social strengths such that each family can decide where to apply its child's per-pupil funds based on informed deliberation.
Peter Fazekas, Durango