Steamboat Springs School District Advisory Committee
Stay informed about efforts to build for the future and create long-term infrastructure solutions that will benefit students in Steamboat far into the future.
Coming Soon: A Spring 2019 schedule of engagement and input events
Steamboat Springs School District schools are currently at or beyond capacity. Our community is growing, as is the number of students in our schools.
We asked for input on how we should build for the future. An initial round of feedback was gathered from the community on options for existing schools, potential new schools, and what matters most to you when it comes to educating the students in our community through a survey in December 2018 and three, 2018 Common Ground Community Forums held on November 13, November 15, and December 1.
Have your say in how we build for the future
The issues are clear: our community is growing, as is the number of students in our schools. The solutions are much more complicated, which is why your engagement in this process is so important.
SSSD is hosting three Common Ground Community Forums to share information and capture community input on how SSSD should build for the future. Together, we will examine options for existing schools, as well as potential new schools, capturing your input on what matters most when it comes to educating the students in our community. Please note that the same information will be covered at all three meetings, which will be facilitated in partnership with the Muntean Leadership Group.
Did you know: The number of traditional school buildings in our school district has not changed in more than 30 years. Click here to see our flier about the impact of growth on Steamboat Springs School District.
Steamboat Springs School District is well on its way to setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally. Our school district is the third highest performing school district in the state and, along with our schools, we have earned a distinguished list of honors. In 2018-19, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary Schools were awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for demonstrating exceptional student growth. Soda Creek and Steamboat Springs Middle School were both awarded the John Irwin Award for demonstrating exceptional academic achievement over time. in 2017-18, our district was a member of the High Flyers Network and we earned other honors such as Accredited with Distinction designation, AP® District Honor Roll, and English Language Proficiency Act Excellence Award. One of our challenges is how to sustain overall educational program excellence in the long term.
The Challenge: Growing Enrollment
Our community is growing, as is the number of students in our schools.
- Enrollment in Steamboat Springs School District has increased nearly 24% over the past 10 years.
- Steamboat Springs High School is nearing 97% of its building capacity, while the middle school (even with the addition of four new classrooms) is at 98% of its capacity, and elementary school enrollment is at 113% of capacity.
- Enrollment is expected to continue to grow in 2018-19.
This long-term growth issue was not addressed in the 2017 bond and mill levy override initiatives, which provided funding to fix our current facilities but not to expand them.
The Process: Advisory Committees
In January 2018, building on the work of the Community Committee for Education (CC4E), an Advisory Committee formed to focus on long-term infrastructure solutions. Thirty-two community volunteers served on four committees that merged in the fall of 2018. Through the end of 2018, the Advisory Committee will continue studying the district’s infrastructure, looking at current use and challenges as well as aligning the district’s future needs with a professional master-planning process. These efforts are focused on generating a long-term plan, that the community supports, for our facilities and programs—a plan to build for the future so that our community doesn’t risk losing the high-quality education we currently enjoy.
Your Input: Community Engagement
In addition to the community volunteers on the Advisory Committees, there will be multiple opportunities for you to engage and provide important input on long-term infrastructure solutions for the district. We are committed to informing, engaging, and investing our community in a plan for district facilities and programs that will benefit students in Steamboat far into the future.