Steamboat Springs School District Potential 2019 Bond
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Notices: May 20, 2019 Board of Education Meeting Outcomes and Updates
During its May 20, 2019 meeting, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education voted unanimously to narrow the type of new school facility to two options by eliminating the option to build an additional middle school. Additionally, the board will delay its decision on the type of new school facility the district will build until the next Board of Education meeting, on June 3, 2019. The decision to delay the new school facility vote was made so board members would have the opportunity to tour similar new school sites in area districts. The board believes school site tours will help provide a more complete understanding of the remaining two school facility options, so members can make an informed decision regarding the construction of a new school.
The two remaining school facility options are a new K-8 school and a K-4 replacement elementary school to replace Strawberry Park Elementary, which would become part of the 5-8 middle school campus. School locations for the district’s pre-school program will be considered during the priority projects discussion at upcoming board meetings.
The Board of Education unanimously voted to select Steamboat II as the future location of a new school facility. Once the board makes a decision about the type of school that will be built, it will work with the neighborhood on the optimal placement of a facility on the district’s property.
Another outcome of the May 20 board meeting was the scheduling of a special meeting on June 5 to discuss topics and possibly take action related to a potential bond, including finalizing priority projects at the various school sites and the overall size of the bond. Additionally, the special meeting will include discussion related to potential mill levy overrides to address operational costs of a new school and staff compensation. The board’s goal is to have all decisions related to 2019 funding measures made by June 17.
The school board will continue conversations with possible action on the new school type, as well as discussion on priority projects for other district schools and mill levy override funding for operational costs and staff compensation, during its upcoming meeting on June 3.
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New School Facility Options
The Board of Education voted on April 1, 2019 to add an additional new facility option to the two already being considered. Please watch the 3-minute video overview of the three new facility options below (click here to view full-screen) and provide your input via this google form.
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.
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.