School Board to weigh $12 million offer

District's negotiations with Steamboat 700 focus of today's meeting

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What: Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, rooms 113 and 114

Agenda

6 p.m. Call to order, presentation on Steamboat 700 by the board's attorneys

7 p.m. Community comments

7:15 p.m. Executive session

8 p.m. Gift acceptance policy

8:40 p.m. adjourn

How, and if, to proceed with a proposed deal from Steamboat 700 developers will take prominence during public and private meetings of the Steamboat Springs School Board tonight.

During the last Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, Steamboat 700 representatives Bob Weiss and Jean Townsend detailed how the proposed development could contribute $12 million toward the construction of a new kindergarten to eighth grade school on the city's west side.

The school would serve about 600 students, but School Board members expressed concern that the number of school-age children estimated by the developers is lower than the district's estimates. Board members also questioned how the development would help contribute to a potential high school.

The developers suggested a plan to implement a 1 percent transfer fee on all units in the development, with a portion of those funds going to the school district. That, along with regular taxes generated by the area, would pay for about half the cost of a new K-8 school.

The district owns a plot of land in the area, and Weiss told the board during its April 27 meeting that the district could be paid during the 15- to 25-year estimated build-out of the project.

Steamboat 700 developers now are seeking the support of the School Board as they present an annexation proposal to Steamboat Springs City Council in the coming weeks and months.

"We would like to work with you to come up with a consensus issue," Weiss told board members. "(This proposal is) the best proposal to help you not have to rely entirely on property tax and bond issues to get a new school built in the west Steamboat area."

City staff estimated that the construction of an initial 244 dwelling units would generate 400 students, while Steamboat 700 estimates show just 200 school-age children. For the sake of an agreement, Townsend said developers would consider a compromise estimate of 300 students.

"This is addressing the K-8 students, although you're generating high school students, as well. We know we can remodel the high school, but that's still an impact from your community," School Board member Laura Anderson said during the April 27 meeting.

Townsend responded that the issue has not yet been discussed.

"We haven't (addressed that) because it hasn't been on the table for discussion until now. It's our understanding that the K-8 school is the urgent need, because of the pressure you're feeling at the elementary and middle schools," she said.

During today's meeting, the board will hear a presentation from its attorneys during open session before holding a closed-door session to discuss the negotiations.

Comments

freerider 5 years, 7 months ago

TYPICAL ...THE 700 CLUB DANGLES ANOTHER CARROT....these guys don't give a crap about Steamboat...they will dissappear after they have finished raping this community just like they did in Vegas

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JustSomeJoe 5 years, 7 months ago

it is a $12MM carrot. We already know that we will need an elementary school west of town, seems like this way we aren't paying for the whole thing.

Looks like the school board said throw in some high school remodel money and you have a deal.

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JustSomeJoe 5 years, 7 months ago

Windle - I'm not following, what kind of worms are in the can? Development west of town is a given, and a school west of town has already had significant discussion. What are the negatives you see? Perhaps the developer will stipulate Montessori only?

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goremtn 5 years, 7 months ago

Let's all take a deep breath....This requires some clearheaded thinking. This is a 20, 30, 50 year issue. Steamboat is going to grow. Routt County is going to grow. This may ebb and flow with the economy, but it cannot be stopped. We have been talking about this for years (remember the Vision 2030 process just a couple months ago?). SSSD is going to have to build facilities to support the growth and the influx of students. The Steamboat 700 $12 million to help build the school that the entire district will benefit from is serious money because without it, SSSD will still eventually need a school on the west side, there will be no $12 million on the table, and we taxpayers will have to foot much more of the bill.

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