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.
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Steamboat Springs School District is well on its way to setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally. Our district and schools have earned a distinguished list of honors in 2017-18, including the High Flyers Network, John Irwin Award, Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, 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.