Board to discuss strategic plan

Calendar, graduation requirements, performing arts on agenda

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— Graduation requirements, the school year calendar and alternative compensation plans for teachers and staff will be among the discussion items Monday during the Steamboat Springs School Board's study session.

Monday's discussion will be the first time board members have addressed the hefty strategic plan document since June, Superintendent Donna Howell said.

"I put in bold on the June update areas (the board) needs to address because it's a rather large document, and they've been overwhelmed," Howell said.

Beginning shortly after 7 p.m., the School Board is scheduled to discuss the following items from the strategic plan: school calendar, Tier I and Tier II sports, negotiated policies, graduation requirements, alternative compensation plans, program-based budgeting/performance-based budgeting and the performing arts.

"The whole evening will deal with that," Howell said about the strategic plan discussion.

With regard to the Tier I and Tier II sports, the board will look at the procedure by which a school sports team or group could go from being a fully-funded Tier I sport to a non-funded Tier II sport and back again. The board also will look at criteria and a process for teams that want to move from Tier II to Tier I.

Tier I sports are financially funded by the district; Tier II sports are not.

"There are a number (of sports) that would like the board to support them," Howell said.

In addition, the board will continue looking at the direction it wants to go with regard to graduation requirements.

Last year, the board opted against requiring Senior Odyssey, a class in which seniors identified a career or topic they were interested in and researched and worked on a project involving their choice for the duration of the school year.

The School Board's Aug. 28 meeting was former board president Tom Miller-Freutel's final meeting. On Monday, the remaining four members may decide to appoint a new president, or they could wait until their Sept. 25 meeting to do so. Vice president Jeff Troeger will serve as interim board president during the study session.

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