Fund Board to hear technology requests totaling $1.13M

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What: Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: In the basement of the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street

- Agenda:

5:30 p.m. Call to order

5:31 p.m. Public Comment

5:50 p.m. Capital Commission second readings; Steamboat Springs Middle School furniture and window coverings; Routt County School Safety and Security Task Force Manager

6 p.m. Technology Commission first readings; Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt technology packages

7:25 p.m. Other business

7:30 p.m. Adjourn

— The Hayden and South Routt school districts each have $75,000 in technology funding requests being presented to the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board tonight. The requests will be presented as first readings.

The funding requests, identified by administrators in both districts as the most important part of their district improvement plans, would cover hardware and software purchases.

The Fund Board's Technology Commission also will recommend $980,000 in funding for the Steamboat Springs School District to complete the last year of a three-year technology plan. The total request is slightly less than what was requested in previous years because investments made in the first two years of the plan are sustaining the district.

The Fund Board will only discuss and ask questions about the Technology Commission funding requests. A vote wouldn't take place until the requests are brought back to the Fund Board for a second and final reading.

Jim Kurowski, chairman of the Technology Commission, said he's not sure what to expect when the board meets tonight because the bylaws and the intergovernmental agreement with the city have not been finalized to recognize the new sharing agreement passed by voters in November. Referendum 2B, approved this fall, allows the Fund Board to provide funding to the South Routt and Hayden districts.

He said the process during the first year of sharing, while not without problems, has been productive.

"Both of (the school districts) are really easy to work with, and we've had really good discussions with both of them," he said.

Kurowski said the presentation by the Hayden and South Routt districts initially did not meet the requirements of the commission - the presenters had little time or guidelines to follow - but after follow-up questions, the process was clarified.

"The working relationship has developed extremely well, and we've had good talks with them, and they've been very reasonable going back and forth. It's been much better than I ever expected when we first got into sharing," he said.

Shane Antyr, the technology coordinator for the South Routt School District, said he too is pleased with the process.

"We are completely happy with the amount of funding they're allocating to us," he said. "Every dollar that we receive from a third party is a dollar we didn't have before."

Antyr said the technology grants could be used to link the three school districts with shared networks and resources.

"Right now, Steamboat has the greatest amount of resources, but they've expressed an interest in making the resources available to Hayden and South Routt whenever possible," he said.

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