Demographics Task Force

In fall of 2015, Steamboat voters failed to approve ballot initiative to fund deferred maintenance projects and new buildings for Steamboat Springs Schools. One of the major issues that came up in the debates was the accuracy of the demographics report. In this section of the website we will provide updates from our Demographics Task Force as well as other published information as it becomes available. Members of the Demographics Task Force are Mary Darcy, Claire Sollars, Beth Wilhelm, and Ed Miklus. Scott Wedel is acting as an advisor to the task force.

Due to questions regarding the accuracy of elementary school projection in the previous report from Western Demographics, Inc, the Demographics Task Force advised hiring James Looney, Planning Manager with Denver Public Schools, to complete a new demographic report. The new report included the following components:

  • Kinder forecast: Provide a 5 year kinder forecast for the school district. The report would include births, historical trends, and kinder capture rates five years later. Capture rates are how many students a district receives out of a total population. This will take 15 hours.
  • All grade forecast: Provide a 5 year forecast for all grades (1-12). In addition to the basic forecast, I would include historical trends and capture rates. This will take 13 hours.
  • Housing Impact: Identify student yields by housing type and location. The student yield by type and location will assist the district with identifying any impact from new residential development. This work depends on obtaining parcel data from Routt County. I have sent them an email inquiring about obtaining the parcel data. This will take 20 hours.
At the Fall Community Forum on Nov. 17, the Task Force hosted a discussion with Jim Looney at Bud Werner Memorial Library with the findings of the new report. If you missed the forum on demographics please see the links to the presentation and updated report below.

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