Steamboat Springs School District Potential 2019 Bond

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.

Next Meeting: Monday, June 17, 4:30 pm - School Board Meeting, District Office 7th Street

Notices: Board of Education Meeting Outcomes and Updates

During its May 20, 2019 meeting, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education unanimously voted to select Steamboat II as the future location of a new school facility.

During its June 3, 2019 meeting, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education unanimously voted for a new PK-8 school. A new K–8 school would house students in kindergarten through grade 8 in one building. Grade configurations at the district’s current elementary schools and middle school would not change. This would increase the number of traditional schools serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade to five schools.

During a special meeting on June 5, 2019, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education unanimously voted to include preschool at the district's new K-8 school at Steamboat II. It also approved renovating space at Strawberry Park Elementary School and creating space at Soda Creek Elementary School to include one section of preschool at each school with the flexibility to add additional sections of preschool in the future. Preschool project costs are currently being recalculated by district consultants to align with the board's vote and will be presented to the board as part of the full cost of the bond package at the Board of Education meeting on June 17, 2019. The district and its consultants are prioritizing affordability and cost effectiveness in creating a potential 2019 bond package.

During the Board of Education meeting on June 17, 2019 the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education will take action related to a potential bond, including finalizing priority projects at the various school sites as well as the overall size of a bond and associated mill levy(s) to address operational costs of a new school and staff compensation.

Please note that the content on this site will be under construction through June 17, 2019

Quick Links to Reports and Information

View the May 6, 2019 priority project presentation here

View the community forum presentation here

A Whistler and Steamboat II Traffic Update is now available here

Review the 2019 Enrollment & Demographics Study conducted by RSP

View the full list of community meetings held in the spring of 2019 here

Calendar of Events

Monday, June 3, 4:30 pm: School Board Meeting, Bud Werner Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave.)

Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 pm: School Board Special Meeting, City Hall

Monday, June 17, 4:30 pm: School Board Meeting, District Office

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 21% over the past 10 years.
  • Steamboat Springs High School is nearing 95% of its building capacity, while the middle school (even with the addition of four new classrooms) is at 96% of its capacity, and elementary school enrollment is at 112% of capacity.
  • Enrollment is expected to continue to grow in 2019-20.

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 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.

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For Steamboat Springs School District news and information and to see progress updates on the 2017 Bond & Mill Levy, click here.

Questions or comments about the Advisory Committees? Email steamboatschoolnews@ssk12.org.

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.

SSSD Building for the Future Infographic