Steamboat Springs School District Advisory Committee

Our community is growing, as is the number of students in our schools. Our long-term growth issue requires solutions so that our community doesn’t lose the high-quality education we currently enjoy. In January 2018, building on the work of the Community Committee for Education (CC4E), Advisory Committees were formed to focus on long-term infrastructure solutions. Thirty-two community volunteers served on four committees that, over 13 months, studied our infrastructure, looking at current use and challenges and aligned the district’s future needs with a professional master-planning process.

In August 2018, the committees merged to form a single Advisory Committee. Scroll down this page for more information about the original committee structure. The committee made its recommendation to the Board of Education on February 11, 2019.

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

Advisory Committee members click here to submit content for the website.

About the SSSD Advisory Committee

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.

  • 32 community volunteers including building administrators, parents, teachers, and community members who do not have students in school
  • Studied the district’s infrastructure and looked at current use and challenges (11 All-Advisory Committee meetings; 4 committees each met 6–10 times independently)

October–December 2018, community participated in focus groups, a staff forum, and/or Common Ground Community Forums; National Research Center, Inc. conducted surveys

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more about the SSSD Advisory Committee.

Committee Members

  • Andrew Miller, SCE Teacher
  • Ann Henderson, SCE Teacher
  • Anna White, SPE Teacher
  • B Torres , SSSD Interpreter
  • Bradley Bartels, Community Member and SSHS Parent
  • Brie Neppl, SCE Parent
  • Dan Weinheimer, SPE Parent
  • Dani Booth, SSHS ELL
  • Dennis Alt, Assistant SSHS principal
  • Eric Bender, YVHS Teacher
  • Erin Swanson, Community Member
  • Geoff Petis, Community Member
  • Heidi Chapman-Hoy, SSMS Principal
  • Jay Fetcher, Community Member
  • Jay Hamric, Assistant SSMS principal/AD
  • JC Norling, Community Member and SSHS/SPE Parent
  • Jeanne Mackowski, SSMS Parent (special resource)
  • Johnathon Kaminski, SSHS student
  • Julie Tourigny, SPE Parent
  • Kady Watson, SCE and SSMS Parent
  • Kandise Gilbertson, SSMS Teacher
  • Katie Davidoff, SPE & SSMS Parent
  • Kelly Latterman, Community Member
  • Kevin Taulman, SSHS Principal
  • Kristy Milliken, SCE Parent
  • Luke DeWolfe, Assistant SSHS principal/AD
  • Marcia Martin, Community Member
  • Michele Miller, SCE Principal
  • Rita Farrell, SPE Teacher
  • Scott Glynn, Community Member
  • Suzy Sayle, Community Member
  • Tracy Stoddard, SPE principal
  • Wayne Adamo, Community Member and SSHS Parent
  • Wendy Hall, SSMS Teacher

Original committee structure.

The Academic Programs Committee focused on learning about and providing recommendations that will strengthen and/or enhance our current academic programs and space needed for excellent program implementation.

  • Wayne Adamo, Community Member and SSHS Parent
  • Dani Booth, SSHS ELL
  • Katie Davidoff, SPE & SSMS Parent
  • Lyn Eller, HCM Architect
  • Ann Henderson, SCE Teacher
  • Marty Lamansky, SSSD Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Kristy Milliken, SCE Parent
  • JC Norling, Community Member and SSHS/SPE Parent
  • Tracy Stoddard, Strawberry Park Elementary principal

Executive Committee Members: Chris Johnson, Robin Schepper

The Extra-curricular / Co-curricular Committee focused on learning about and providing recommendations on current and future extracurricular/co-curricular spaces that have the potential to serve as a catalyst for community partnerships that benefit of both our students and the community.

  • Luke DeWolfe, Assistant SSHS principal/AD
  • Rita Farrell, SPE Teacher
  • Scott Glynn, Community Member
  • Wendy Hall, SSMS Teacher
  • Jay Hamric, Assistant SSMS principal/AD
  • Johnathon Kaminski, SSHS student
  • Colleen Kaneda, NV5- Owner's Rep
  • Brie Neppl, SCE Parent
  • Erin Swanson, Community Member
  • Julie Tourigny, SPE Parent

Executive Committee Members: Katy Lee, Colleen Kaneda

The Communications Committee is focused on learning about and providing recommendations on increasing communication with community members—especially those who do not have a connection to the school district—with the goal of informing the community and engaging the community in the Advisory Committee’s work.

  • Dennis Alt, Assistant SSHS principal
  • Kelly Latterman, Community Member
  • Jeanne Mackowski, SSMS Parent (special resource)
  • Michele Miller, Soda Creek Principal
  • Geoff Petis, Community Member
  • Lisa Relou, Communications Consultant
  • Suzy Sayle, Community Member
  • B Torres , SSSD Interpreter
  • Anna White, SPE Teacher

Executive Committee Member: Margie Huron

The Facility Needs/Solutions Committee focused on learning about and providing recommendations on renovations, additions, and/or new construction requiring additional funding to support our projected capacity and programming needs for current and future students and staff.

  • Bradley Bartels, Community Member and SSHS Parent
  • Eric Bender, YVHS Teacher
  • Heidi Chapman-Hoy, SSMS Principal
  • Jay Fetcher, Community Member
  • Kandise Gilbertson, SSMS Teacher
  • Marcia Martin, Community Member
  • Andrew Miller, SCE Teacher
  • Matt Porta, HCM- Architect
  • Kevin Taulman, SSHS Principal
  • Kady Watson, SCE and SSMS Parent
  • Dan Weinheimer, SPE Parent

Executive Committee Members: Pascal Ginesta, Chris Johnson, Robin Schepper

More About the SSSD Advisory Committee

Why were the Advisory Committees formed?

The Advisory Committees were formed to address the long-term issues of growing enrollment, overcrowding, larger class sizes, and a lack of space for expanding specials like art, music, physical education, and athletics. The successful November 2017 bond and mill levy initiatives allows us to make basic improvements to our facilities (roof replacements, Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for Steamboat Middle School, and renovations to Gardner Field) and promptly address deferred maintenance and future capital construction maintenance projects. However, work is still needed to generate long-term infrastructure solutions for our school district. The role of the committees is to recommend enhancements needed to provide long-term sustainability and overall educational program excellence for Steamboat Springs students.

The District's four advisory committees are:

  • Academic Programs
  • Extra Curricular and Co-curricular Needs
  • Site Constraints and Possible Solutions
  • Communication


How were the advisory committees formed?

The district asked for volunteers from throughout the community to serve on citizen/staff advisory committees. 32 people (students, teachers, building administrators, parents, and community members) are currently working the the advisory committees. We are committed to informing, engaging, and investing all stakeholders in a plan for district facilities and programs that will benefit students in Steamboat far into the future.


What is the purpose of the committees?

With a focus on long-term infrastructure solutions, the committees' work will:

  • Identify opportunities to fund projects that strengthen and/or enhance our academic programs and provide the space needed for program implementation;
  • Identify current and future extracurricular/co-curricular space needs and potential projects that increase community partnerships for the benefit of both students and the community;
  • Identify renovations, additions, and/or new construction that will require additional funding to support our projected capacity and programming needs for current and future students and staff; and
  • Increase communication with community members—especially those who do not have a connection to the school district—with the goal of informing the community and engaging the community in the Advisory Committee’s work.

The SSSD Advisory Committee submitted its recommendations to the school board on February 11, 2019. Read the recommendations here

How does the advisory committee’s work differ from the work of Community Committee for Education (CC4E)?

The Community Committee for Education (CC4E) started the work of researching ideas for a long-term, comprehensive infrastructure plan. It was instrumental in identifying issues in-and-beyond those represented in the November 2017 ballot issues. Building on the work of the Community Committee for Education (CC4E), the Advisory Committees’ will also be influenced by feedback from the roughly 865 people who completed the district’s perception survey in November 2017.