Fund Board vacancies filled

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— A months-long search to find community volunteers to serve on the Education Fund Board and its three commissions is nearly over.

On Monday, the Steamboat Springs School Board appointed 11 people to fill a slew of vacancies in the group responsible for spending about $2 million in sales tax revenue each year. Only two vacancies remain unfilled; both are on the Fund Board's Capital Commission.

Superintendent Donna Howell said it was a relief finally to find volunteers to fill most of the openings, but she'll be happier when all positions are filled.

"The concern is still to find some members for the Capital Commission," Howell said after Monday's School Board meeting.

Still, the appointment of 11 members, eight of whom were existing members whose terms had expired, was a positive step for the district and the Fund Board. For months, the district has advertised the positions, some of which were vacant more than a year.

The Fund Board and its commissions were created in 1993 after Steamboat voters approved a ballot proposal creating a half-cent sales tax for which the revenue is spent on educational programs and needs. Almost all of the money is spent within the Steamboat Springs School District.

The Fund Board's three commissions are responsible for bringing forward spending requests in tune with district needs. The Fund Board hears those requests and votes to approve or deny them during its annual budgeting cycle. Money for each approved request is presented to the School Board in the form of gifts. The School Board has the final say in whether it wants to accept or deny those gifts.

Although the Fund Board isn't technically an arm of the school district, Fund Board bylaws stipulate that its members and the members of its three advisory commissions are to be appointed by the School Board.

The School Board interviewed five people Monday for Fund Board, Fund Board commission and District Accountability Committee openings. Steve Hitchcock and Paige Boucher were assigned to the nine-member Educational Excellence Commission, Carolyn Peters was assigned to the 13-member Fund Board and Anne Barounos was assigned to the District Accountability Committee. Former City Council hopeful Marcus Williams also interviewed but expressed more of a desire to volunteer in Steamboat Springs High School.

"It's so nice to get some new people interested in the school district," School Board President Paula Stephenson said.

Capital Commission members Robin Crossan and Julie Ernst, Educational Excellence Commission member Paul Sachs and Technology Commission members Kelly Shaw, Norm Weaver, Kim Mitchell and Lisa Adamo were reappointed because their terms had expired. The School Board approved former Educational Excellence Commission member Jerry Kozatch's request to transfer to the Technology Commission.

In other business, the School Board approved new job descriptions for most members of the district administrative team. The job descriptions for the high school and middle school assistant principals were withheld pending further revisions. The new job descriptions were recommendations of the curriculum management audit of the district, which was performed this spring.

The School Board also approved a $27,500 Fund Board gift for technology training for district staff.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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