Tuesday, September 22, 2009
If you go
What: Education Fund Board Capital/Technology Commission meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street
1. Call to order
2. Approval of agenda
3. Approval of minutes
4. Public comment
5. EFB sub-committee update
6. EFB report
7. Capital/Technology Commission vacancies
8. Update on Capital projects
a. Playgrounds at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools
b. Steamboat Springs Middle School addition
c. Steamboat Springs High School theater
d. Hayden fire alarm repairs
e. North Routt Community Charter School awnings
f. Security task force
9. Future agenda items
10. Next meeting - date and time
11. Discussion/Progress reports/Housekeeping
Steamboat Springs The Education Fund Board's Technology and Capital commissions have been merged into one to better address long-term planning and the funding needs of area schools, Fund Board President Mark Andersen said.
The combined commission's first meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street. But the new commission won't become official until the next regular Fund Board meeting Oct. 7, Andersen said.
In the past, three commissions - Capital, Technology and Education Excellence - would make recommendations to the Fund Board about how to allocate the city's half-cent sales tax revenue for education. Often, those recommendations are based on requests received from schools and youth organizations. The sales tax revenue has reached $3 million in recent years.
Past gifts have included $250,000 for the turf football field at Steamboat Springs High School, nearly $600,000 for the Steamboat Springs School District to purchase computers, and $800,000 to hire 16 teachers for the district to keep class sizes small.
Andersen said combing Capital and Technology, the two commissions that often required long-term planning and multi-year funding for larger projects, streamlined their efforts.
"It gives us the opportunity to make sure we're doing things in the appropriate way," he said.
Roger Good, who has been nominated to lead the Capital/Technology Commission, said combining the commissions did two things. First, it separated the commissions that handled long-term projects from Educational Excellence, which deals specifically with issues regarding the classroom. Second, in a down tax year, Good said it made sense to group the requests that require more planning and funding when economic issues are more challenging than they've been in past years.
Wednesday's agenda includes reviewing capital projects, including the Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary school playgrounds, and the 5,000-square-foot addition to Steamboat Springs Middle School. All three projects were completed before the start of the 2009-10 school year, which began Aug. 24. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting.
The Fund Board now allows the Hayden and South Routt school districts to make requests for funding after Steamboat Springs voters approved a ballot measure last November. Andersen said those requests aren't typically made until December.
Andersen said the Fund Board is reviewing its policy that allows Hayden and South Routt to request funds, but that won't be discussed until the Oct. 7 meeting.