What defines Stansbury High School? More aptly, who defines it? Most would agree it is the students. This is a new school that has not yet graduated its first class to attend all four years at the school. It is trying to establish some traditions and define its identity with the other high schools in the area. The student body is a combination of students that came from both THS and GHS, and they continue to meld the two cultures together and create their own traditions and sense of unity.
Part of that newly established culture is the marching band. It seems to me the band deserves the same opportunities to perfect their craft as those afforded to other high school sanctioned teams and organizations. Marching band is an outdoor activity and the band needs time and a venue to practice. As a parent and resident of Stansbury, I support any activity that will broaden interests, grow responsible citizens and represent my community with pride. I feel that the band is one of those activities and I am impressed with the steps they have taken to be able to practice and perform to the best of their abilities.
As a resident of Stansbury, I was supportive of the plans for the school and its location. I knew my son would be attending and I was excited that it would be so close to our home. I’m aware of the complaints that have come from the neighbors in regard to the school — about 100 complaints documented by SHS thus far out of 3,600 Stansbury households. These complaints range from the band, the public address system on the football field, the cross-country team running through the neighborhood for practice, and the increase in traffic — both pedestrians and vehicles.
However, the high school is now part of what makes up our community. I understand some residents’ heartburn with the early wake-up calls during the fall. Unfortunately, it’s part of the downside of convenience and proximity to a high school. Moreover, it is up to us as members of the community to encourage and support the school’s efforts as they grow to become a valuable part of our community.
It was recently insinuated that Stansbury is not supportive of the petition that the band boosters has circulating in the area. This is false. The Stansbury Park community supports the band and their desire to practice and represent our school in the best possible way they can. As of today, if the issue were to be voted on by just Stansbury residents, the band has more than the required 12.5 percent of registered voter signatures within Stansbury Park alone to put a measure on the ballot. However, because Stansbury is not incorporated and follows county ordinances, it is necessary that the county vote on the issue. Moreover, over half of the student body does not live in Stansbury — 844 nonresidents versus 603 Stansbury residents, according to data from SHS administrators.
This truly is an issue that affects much of Tooele Valley.
Mike Keil is a Stansbury Park resident whose son attends Stansbury High School but does not play in the band.