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.
The Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education has scheduled the following 2019 workshops to discuss recommendations made by the SSSD Advisory Committee regarding potential 2019 bond packages. These workshops will take place from 12:15PM - 1:45PM at the Bud Werner Memorial Library except where indicated.
- January 30
- February 13
- February 26 (Location: 325 7TH ST, time 4:30PM)
- March 7
- March 20
March 4, 2019 Update: The Steamboat Springs Board of Education has taken the next step toward building for the future by directing the superintendent to further explore the two potential facility options below. Information about community input opportunities will be forthcoming.
Master Plan Option A:
- Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary School – Renovated to relocate PK. Reduces K-5 population.
- Middle School: Reduce 6-8 population.
- Construct New PK-8.
Master Plan Option B:
- Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary School – Renovated to relocate PK. Convert both to PK-4 to reduce population.
- SSMS becomes 5-8 Middle School.
- Construct New 5-8 Middle School.
Input on 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.
In November and December 2018, SSSD hosted three Common Ground Community Forums to share information and capture community input on how SSSD should build for the future. Together, we examined 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. More community engagement opportunities are planned for spring 2019 and will be hosted by the Steamboat Springs Board of Education.
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.