SSSD Adivsory Committee FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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.
How is enrollment growth impacting Steamboat Springs School District?
Enrollment in Steamboat Springs School District has increased 24% over the past 10 years.
Steamboat Springs High School is nearing building capacity (97%), while the middle school is currently at 116% of capacity, and elementary school enrollment is at 113% of capacity.
Enrollment is expected to grow in 2018-19 as much as 2.5%.
The capacity of our facilities affects the programs and services we can provide including makers spaces, STEM labs, science classrooms, small group instruction, and special education rooms. In some cases, dedicated space for these programs is a hallway.
Exceeding the capacity of our facilities not only affects instruction, it also impacts common spaces such as the cafeteria and library and puts a strain on parking and drop-off/pick-up traffic.