New internships for highschoolers

by Carolina King

The Ouray School Board heard two exciting reports on new high school internship programs at a regular meeting on Monday.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) coordinator Markus Van Meter told the board that, after being approached by two juniors asking for the opportunity, he has agreed to provide them with photography internships in his own photography business. Along with being one of the technology teachers and STEAM coordinator for the school, Van Meter is also a local landscape photographer.
He said the internship will involve a student working 68 hours with him in May and June.
Once students are back in school in the fall they will work on marketing their work and setting up a website under the direction of Dee James, the other technology teacher. By the time they graduate, Van Meter said, these students will have a “fully functional photography business.”
Superintendent and High School Principal Scott Pankow reported that three Ouray students will be participating in internships at Montrose Memorial Hospital. They will be on site three days a week. Six students from Montrose and one from Ridgway are also involved in the program.

New plow needed
Casey Shannon from maintenance asked the board to consider purchasing a plow for one of the school’s Suburbans. He currently has only a small four-foot plow attached to an all-terrain-vehicle, more suitable for sidewalks, but he is having to use it for all the parking spots at the school because the city usually cannot get to it.
“It’s too much work. It’s perfect for the sidewalks,” Shannon said of using the ATV for the parking lot, also expressing concern for the wear and tear on a vehicle not meant for such a sizable task.
Shannon has a quote of $6,266 for a new plow installed to the Suburban, but after some discussion with board members and the public, he will also be looking into other local options that could save money.
A motion was approved to allow Shannon to...

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