Charter school wanted in Stagecoach

Group of parents hope to have facility for 2010-11


— A group proposing a Stagecoach charter school will submit its application to the South Routt School District on Oct. 1, a member of its steering committee told South Routt School Board members Thursday.

Kim Rabon said the group's goal is to get a preschool through sixth-grade school, which also would provide services for children younger than preschool-age, built in time for the 2010-11 school year.

Rabon said a possible site for the charter school is the 9-plus-acre designated school site adjacent to Red Hawk Village. The land was donated to the district as part of the Neighborhood at Young's Peak development. Other school site alternatives include land at Billy Kidd's ranch, Rabon said. She added that the committee has been in contact with other Stagecoach landowners.

Rabon said the steering committee is working toward putting together some information previously requested by the School Board regarding the infrastructure at the site, the facility, traffic created by it and master planning.

School Board President Tim Corrigan said there's no need for the board to take any action on the proposal until it receives that additional information.

Rabon said the need for the school was identified when members of the Stagecoach community approached the School Board about its plans to build an elementary school there. She said some parents were taking their kids to the elementary school in Yampa and then going to work in Steamboat. Rabon said about 30 South Routt children attended Steamboat schools last year.

Rabon said the district didn't have any immediate plans to build a Stagecoach school, so the steering committee was formed to begin moving forward with the charter school plan last summer after a survey revealed interest from Stagecoach parents.

Charter schools are public schools, meaning they also receive funding on a per-pupil basis. Charter school funding is funneled through the district in which the charter school operates. The district keeps 5 percent of the funding allocated for students who attend the charter school to cover administrative costs.

However, the charter school would be responsible for costs associated with purchasing land and constructing a new school. Rabon said the steering committee will raise funds and apply for grants if its application is approved.

The charter school would emphasize Core Knowledge curriculum and include the Montessori and Waldorf methods. For more information about the proposed Stagecoach charter school, visit the committee's blog at or e-mail

Also at Thursday's South Routt School Board meeting:

- Board members were updated on the progress of about $150,000 in repairs to the South Routt Elementary School gymnasium. The gym's roof caught fire when it was struck by lightning in June. Firefighters had to remove part of the roof to extinguish the blaze, which was contained to the gym.

Dina Murray, the district's business manager, said the repairs should be completed in about two weeks. She said it shouldn't affect students because most physical education classes are held outside until cooler weather sets in. During inclement weather, students could use the cafeteria, Murray said.

- The School Board heard a presentation from Peter Patten, of Patten Associates in Steamboat Springs, the land planner for the Song Mountain development. The development could include 272 residential home lots on nearly 900 acres overlooking Stagecoach Reservoir.

Superintendent Scott Mader said he previously asked developers that some land be donated to the district should the development create the need for a school there.

Patten said 46 acres of the site had been set aside for an Oak Creek Fire Protection District station and for water tanks, but not a school.

"I just don't believe this is a good place for a school," Patten said, mentioning the steep grade of the land and lack of access. "I can't imagine running buses on this site."

Patten estimated that 142 children could move to the area as a result of the development.


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