School Board to review policies, pay plan

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— The Steamboat Springs School Board has steadfastly supported policies allowing community groups to attend middle school lunch.

Now, the board may reconsider whether the policies really address all sides of the issue.

The board will review sample policies from school districts around the nation at tonight's board study session.

The 6:30 p.m. session is at Strawberry Park Elementary School.

These sample policies deal more with who can access schools -- and under what circumstances -- than is addressed by the board's Distribution/Posting of Material policy, Superintendent Cyndy Simms said.

Existing school district policies are legal and defend the district's decision to allow community groups into the middle school during lunch, Chris Gdowski, the district's Denver-based attorney, has maintained.

But maybe the existing policies aren't clear enough, board President Paul Fisher said.

"The discussion is 'are we addressing one element of (the issue) and not another?'" Fisher said.

Critics of the Distribution/ Posting of Material policy say it doesn't address the issue of the district's willingness to allow groups into schools because materials are not always distributed or posted by the groups.

Two other district policies -- Community Use of School Facilities and Visitors to the Schools -- deal with school visitors and school use, but not necessarily in a manner addressing the recent issue.

Also at the study session, Director of Content Standards Kelly Stanford will present an update on the status of the Knowledge and Skills-Based Pay plan.

The plan, if implemented, will use a teacher evaluation system to pay teachers based on their performance.

KSBP is different from the pay-for-performance bonus, which rewards campus teachers for attaining specific goals as a school.

Simms said a "quasi-pilot" of the system could be in place sometime this spring.

The pilot most likely would not be district-wide, but would use a small number of teachers instead. District teachers have to approve any final system before it can be implemented.

The Montessori Steering Committee is scheduled to present a revised charter school application to the board tonight. The state Board of Education remanded the school board's denial of the Montessori application for reconsideration.

The financial impact of the potential charter school on the district and the charter school's budget remain the district's biggest concerns about approving the application.


--To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234 or

e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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