Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Steamboat should consider itself part of a local educational community. Many children move among the various local school districts. Steamboat is certainly not an island of self-sufficiency in terms of providing housing for its work force. It is morally wrong to limit the Education Fund Board money to the residents of Steamboat while depriving the same benefits to the children of the workers of the resort industry.
The Education Fund Board should be willing to consider grant applications from nearby communities educating the children of Steamboat's work force.
If that requires modifying the Education Fund Board's bylaws and for Hayden and South Routt to impose a local half-cent sales tax, then so be it as long as grant levels are not closely tied to local sales tax revenues. If the result is a regional Education Fund Board that uses the same criteria which has resulted in significant grants for North Routt for considering grants to South Routt and Hayden then we would have addressed a fundamental inequality of the current Education Fund Board.