Opinion | Lack of Funding is Becoming a Present Issue

What can be done in the school to better the building for students and staff?


Gloria Namgung, Editor-in-Chief

There is a concerning lack of funding in this school. This issue needs to be resolved sooner rather than later for the benefit of students and staff. 

Many components support this situation. Out of six water fountains present in the school, only one has running water that works. School lunch has had a massive decline with less and less variety in choices for students to eat and unhealthy options overall for daily consumption. Restrooms contain damaged and barely functioning or fully dysfunctioning stalls. Rather than investing in building innovation spaces that end up being closed off to students, shouldn’t the school be more attentive to resources that are depleting day by day?

Due to the smaller population of students and staff, the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) is not engaging more in this school. This is unfair and unreasonable because each school in the district deserves equal amounts of attention to improve the welfare of all. 

From a female student’s point of view, walking into the bathroom regularly with sinks that barely run water, broken locks on stall doors and broken soap dispensers is getting tiring. Although implementing feminine hygiene products for female students was a necessary addition, more things can be done.

Additionally, school lunches had more choices for students to pick from before the pandemic. Before the pandemic, I can remember a line for pizza and chicken sandwiches, two separate lines for daily specials and even a snack bar at the middle school I attended at the time in the district. Now, lunch lines are filled with students who are limited in choosing pizza or chicken sandwiches daily. 

According to WeAreTeachers, a website run by a community of educators, “Lunchtime in schools across the United States has been different during the pandemic. Due to supply chain shortages and reduced delivery options, the food available to students has changed.” 

Given that the mark of the beginning of the pandemic was nearly three years ago, why hasn’t anything changed to make school lunches better?

A final point to make in regard to the lack of funding for the building is the ratio of water bottle refilling stations to the filling stations that can function for student and staff use. This ratio lands at 6:1, which is a matter of concern that needs to be known by school officials before accessibility to drinking water is gone. 

To sum up, school authorities and the district need to be aware of the many obstacles the school is facing due to a lack of funding. Without direct attention to the issues that we’re facing as students, problems cannot be solved in order to improve the quality of the school overall.