COMMUNITY FORUMS

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this process. We made our recommendations to the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education on May 8, 2017. See the presentation below.

The Board of Education voted on July 18 to ask voters to approve two ballot questions in November.

1) A $12.9 million 7 year bond for the following three projects:
  • Replacement roofs at SPE, SSMS, SSHS, the District Office (7th St building) and the Transportation building.  The board will pursue a BEST grant to offset the cost of the roofs.
  • HVAC installation, upgrade, and replacement at SSMS
  • Gardner Field turf and track replacement and stadium improvements.  The board will ask EFB to help pay for the stadium improvements
2) An ongoing mill levy with a set mill levy amount that will generate $1,000,000 in the first year, for capital renewal.

The additional cost to taxpayers for the seven year bond and ongoing mill levy is estimated to be $3.25 per month or $39 per year per $500,000 of market value for residential property owners, and $36 per month or $434 per year per $500,000 of market value for commercial property owners.  

A citizens’ oversight committee will be formed to ensure that taxpayer funds are used as promised.  Click here for the district presentation.

 
The Board of Education voted on July 18 to ask voters to approve two ballot questions in November.

1) A $12.9 million 7 year bond for the following three projects:
  • Replacement roofs at SPE, SSMS, SSHS, the District Office (7th St building) and the Transportation building.  The board will pursue a BEST grant to offset the cost of the roofs.
  • HVAC installation, upgrade, and replacement at SSMS
  • Gardner Field turf and track replacement and stadium improvements.  The board will ask EFB to help pay for the stadium improvements
2) An ongoing mill levy with a set mill levy amount that will generate $1,000,000 in the first year, for capital renewal.

The additional cost to taxpayers for the seven year bond and ongoing mill levy is estimated to be $3.25 per month or $39 per year per $500,000 of market value for residential property owners, and $36 per month or $434 per year per $500,000 of market value for commercial property owners.  

A citizens’ oversight committee will be formed to ensure that taxpayer funds are used as promised.  Click here for the district presentation.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CC4E REACTION TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION DECISION.



Click here for documentation of our committee work from 2016-2017.

Click here for the presentation given at the outreach meetings and Community Forums.

Click here for the handout with overview of the current challenges distributed at each meeting. 


Please watch the presentation and TELL US WHAT YOU THINK click here for the link to the survey.


KEY DATES:

Monday, May 15 / 5 p.m.
Board of Education Workshop
Centennial Hall, 124 10th St, Steamboat Springs

Monday June, 19  / 5:30 p.m

Board of Education Decision on Ballot Initative

Friday, Jul. 28 

Reserve spot on Routt County Ballot for Bond

Friday, Sep. 8 
Submit final ballot language for Bond, TABOR notice, Pros & Cons Bluebook

Monday, Oct. 16 
Ballots mailed

Tuesday, Nov. 7 
Election Day

An up-to-date calendar is below:


FALL 2016 COMMUNITY FORUMS

The committee hosted a series of Fall Education Forums to continue the dialogue about the challenges and desires for the future of education in our schools, respond to comments and questions related to the topics identified by the community and provide an opportunity for feedback on potential recommendations to the Board of Education. If you missed the Fall Community Forums see the links to the presentations and updated reports below.

October 27, 2016
PAYING FOR OUR SCHOOLS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW by Carol Hedges Executive Director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute

A LOOK BEHIND THE BUDGET NUMBERS presented by Mark Rydberg, Director of Finance for Steamboat Springs School District

November 10, 2016
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHICS by Jim Looney, Manager of Planning, Denver Public Schools 
Full Demographics Report
Full Demographics Presentation 

November 17, 2016 

SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY AND POLICY: Discussion on how our schools are run, what programs we offer, our successes and opportunities on how to improve our schools. Presented by members of CC4E.

SPRING 2016 COMMUNITY FORUMS AND FEEDBACK

In spring of 2016, CC4E held a series of community forums where community members voiced opinions about the future of education in Steamboat Springs. Committee members also met with other community stakeholder groups including teachers, district staff, business groups, and other organizations. The Committee wrapped up its community comment period on Aug. 31, 2016.

By the end of the comment period, over 2,500 comments were collected. Seven categories were identified during the meetings - Facilities, Accountability, Programs, Policy, Finance, Community/ Collaboration, and Staff. District demographics was also an overall theme. During the summer months, CC4E formed task forces (which include committee members, community members, teachers and district staff) on each topic and the subcommittee members worked to sift through the comments with the goal of providing some recommendations to the Board of Education by the end of 2016. 

CLICK ON A CATEGORY BELOW TO REVIEW THE COMMENTS
PLEASE NOTE: Comments collected May 1 through August 30, 2016 have been added. New comments are at the top of each list in BLUE.